Novell® Certificate ServerTM provides public key cryptography services that are natively integrated into Novell eDirectory® and that allow you to mint, issue, and manage both user and server certificates. These services allow you to protect confidential data transmissions over public communications channels such as the Internet.

NOTE:  If you are unfamiliar with public key cryptography concepts, see Public Key Cryptography Basics.

Public key cryptography presents unique challenges to network administrators. Novell Certificate Server helps you meet these challenges in the following ways: