1.2. A Review of Certificate System Subsystems

Red Hat Certificate System provides five different subsystems, each focusing on different aspects of a PKI deployment. These subsystems work together to create a public key infrastructure (PKI). Depending on what subsystems are installed, a PKI can function as a token management system (TMS) or a non token management system. For descriptions of the subsystems and TMS and non-TMS environments, see Red Hat Certificate System Planning, Installation, and Deployment Guide.

Enterprise Security Client

The Enterprise Security Client is not a subsystem since it does not perform any operations with certificates, keys, or tokens. The Enterprise Security Client is a user interface which allows people to manage certificates on smart cards very easily. The Enterprise Security Client sends all token operations, such as certificate requests, to the token processing system (TPS), which then sends them to the certificate authority (CA). For more information, see Red Hat Certificate System 9 Managing Smart Cards with the Enterprise Security Client.