The enrollSimpleUserCert sample enrolls an end user with a certification authority (CA) by using a template, the subject name, and the length, in bits, of the key.


When you install the Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit (SDK), a C++ version of the sample is installed, by default, in the %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0\Samples\Security\X509 Certificate Enrollment\VC\enrollSimpleUserCert folder. A C# version is installed in the %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0\Samples\X509 Certificate Enrollment\CSharp\EnrollSimpleUserCert folder.


The enrollSimpleUserCert sample:

  1. Processes the command line arguments. The command line should contain the name of the template, the subject name, and the key length.
  2. Creates an IX509Enrollment object and initializes it by using the template.
  3. Retrieves the inner certificate request object from the enrollment object and queries it for the IX509CertificateRequestPkcs10 object. The innermost request is always a PKCS #10 request.
  4. Retrieves the IX509PrivateKey object from the PKCS #10 request and sets the key length specified on the command line.
  5. Creates an IX500DistinguishedName object, uses it to encode the X.500 subject name, and adds the name to the PKCS #10 request.
  6. Attempts to enroll the end user with the CA and monitors the progress of the enrollment process. The checkEnrollStatus function is defined in enrollCommon.cpp.

Related topics

PKCS #10 Request
Using the Included Samples



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