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CA authentication on PIX

PIX 515 with VPN and des enabled running Ver. 6.1

I hv configured the pix for the CA cert server authentication using W2K Domain Controller and was unable to authenticate the cert server thru pix. The config was done using the following command mentioned below:

pix(config)# ca generate rsa specialkey rsa 512

For <key_modulus_size> >= 512, key generation could

take up to several minutes. Please wait.

pix(config)# ca identity caserver

pix(config)# ca configure caserver ca 1 20 crloptional

pix(config)# show ca mypubkey rsa

% Key pair was generated at: 13:00:09 UTC Jan 23 2003

Key name:

Usage: Encryption Key

Key Data: XXXXX

pix(config)# ca authenticate caserver


After issuing the above said command, i can see neithier any attributes nor any finger prints. The same thing was also implemented on a router with FW based IOS where it generated an error msg "% Error in receiving Certificate Authority certificate: status = FAIL, cert length = 0".

What shud be the problem for the above mentioned and shall be of great help in resolving the same.



Cisco Employee

Re: CA authentication on PIX

The Windows 2000 CA server acts as an RA, not a CA, so do:

> ca configure caserver ra 1 20 crloptional

Note the "ra", not "ca". See

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