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X509CertificateInitiatorServiceCredential.SetCertificate Method (String, StoreLocation, StoreName)

Enables you to specify the certificate to use for encrypting messages for the client by specifying the subject distinguished name. This setting is used only by bindings that are configured with the MutualCertificateDuplex message security authentication mode.

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

public void SetCertificate(
	string subjectName,
	StoreLocation storeLocation,
	StoreName storeName


Type: System.String
Subject distinguished name.
Type: System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.StoreLocation
The location of the certificate store that the service uses to obtain the certificate.
Type: System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.StoreName
The name of the X.509 certificate store to open.

For more information about 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 shows how to use this method to set the certificate.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.