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X509CertificateInitiatorClientCredential.SetCertificate Method (String, StoreLocation, StoreName)

Allows you to specify the certificate to use to represent the service by specifying the subject distinguished name.

Namespace: System.ServiceModel.Security
Assembly: System.ServiceModel (in system.servicemodel.dll)

public void SetCertificate (
	string subjectName,
	StoreLocation storeLocation,
	StoreName storeName
public void SetCertificate (
	String subjectName, 
	StoreLocation storeLocation, 
	StoreName storeName
public function SetCertificate (
	subjectName : String, 
	storeLocation : StoreLocation, 
	storeName : StoreName
Not applicable.



Subject distinguished name.


The location of the certificate store the service uses to obtain the service certificate.


Specifies the name of the X.509 certificate store to open.

For more information on the subjectName parameter, see SubjectName.

Values for storeLocation are included in the StoreLocation enumeration:

  • LocalMachine: the certificate store assigned to the local machine (default).

  • CurrentUser: the certificate store used by the current user.

If the client application is running under a system account, then the certificate is typically in LocalMachine. If the client application is running under a user account, then the certificate is typically in CurrentUser.

Values for storeName are included in the StoreName enumeration.

The following code specifies the certificate to use.

// Create a WSHttpBinding and set its security properties. The
// security mode is Message, and the client is authenticated with 
// a certificate.
EndpointAddress ea = new EndpointAddress("");
WSHttpBinding b = new WSHttpBinding();
b.Security.Mode = SecurityMode.Message;
b.Security.Message.ClientCredentialType =

// Create the client with the binding and EndpointAddress.
CalculatorClient cc = new CalculatorClient(b, ea);

// Set the client credential value to a valid certificate.
    "CN=MyName, OU=MyOrgUnit, C=US",

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0