The Configuration Manager 2007 can be installed in native mode by following a series of steps and regulations. The certified native mode includes a number of software issues and important features that determine the proper deployment of Configuration Manager 2007.

The Native Mode certificate is thus a stick that controls the management of the said operating system in a way that authenticates its deployment and ensures efficiency of functionalities.

The operating system is required to include a certain public key infrastructure [PKI] as part of communicating with the management point of the particular native mode site.

It is also necessary for the operating system to achieve a root certification authority configuration to provide a trustworthy native mode certification to clients.

Requirements for Achieving Native Mode Certification:

There are a few requirement criteria that are to be fulfilled for achieving native mode certification, such as:

  • The capability of Client authentication is necessary for getting a native mode certificate and using it for deployment of the operating system.
  • The client system must have a separate and independent provision for native mode client certification for effective management of the client in the native mode site after the operating system has been deployed successfully.
  • For specific cases wherein those deployments of the operating system are used that have been initiated by means of the boot media, the operating system certificate and specific features of the certification of deployment are to be specified.
  • Security purposes are extremely important issues and hence are specified at the requirements stage itself. A password is required to be assigned during native mode certification to protect the system from any type of unauthorized use or access. An expiry date, for media-initiated operating system installations, can be specified to pre-determine the last date of authorized use of media.

Details of Important Native Mode Certificates:

  • Primary Site Server Component: Specifically used for document signing purposes, this configuration manager comprises of key components such as the Subject Key and provision for ‘Document Signing’ in the Enhanced Key Usage.
  • Site System Roles Component: This comprises of the management point, proxy management point, distribution point, software update point, and also the state migration point, with Enhanced Key Usage providing for ‘Server Authentication’.
  • Client Computers Component: The certificate is required for workstation or computer systems, with primary usage in client authentication.
  • Mobile Device Clients Component: This particular component of native mode certification finds application in authenticated sessions of client authentication.