Wednesday, July 22, 2015

PowerShell one-liner: How to query certificates in the certificate store?

PowerShell uses providers and drives to provide a consistent way to work with items in the file system, Active Directory, the registry, in applications and even the certificate store.


Recently I started using PowerShell to find the thumbprint of an installed certificate, for instance when I need that value to enable a certificate for Exchange services. To do this we can use the Cert: drive, navigate to the Local Computer store and then query the items in My, this is the Personal container you’re probably familiar with from working with the Certificates MMC snap-in.

dir cert:\localmachine\my

Where dir is of course an alias for Get-ChildItem.

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