ADSS Server Admin Guide

Document Version: 8.0

Last Edited: February 2023


Welcome to the ADSS Server online Admin Guide. You can browse through the information by selecting the relevant chapters shown in the table of contents in the left panel. To quickly find specific product information, enter key words in the search box above and click the search button.  

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If you are unable to find the required information then go to Support area at our website. From here you can access the ADSS Server Knowledge Base which contains the answers to various frequently asked questions. The support portal can also be used to initiate support tickets (requires completion of a brief registration form) and for live chat with our support staff if available. The support staff may be occupied with other priority tasks so live chat is offered on an "as available" basis.

ADSS Server Essential Guide to System Recovery

This is a vital guide for anyone managing one or more production ADSS Server instances. The document describes potential failure scenarios associated with ADSS Server production servers and provides guidance on how these can be analysed and resolved.

This document assumes that you have a production environment with one or more ADSS Servers that were previously operating perfectly and suddenly a system failure has occurred.  This guide provides a comprehensive set of checks that can be made to identify the failure issue(s) and get ADSS Server running once more.  It is not intended to be used as configuration guide or general diagnostic help guide or checking test/development servers where configuration changes may have caused the issue, although it may be helpful in this regard.

Resolving production server failures is often difficult with feature-rich applications such as ADSS Server, especially when multiple third party components are involved. This guide provides guidance and tips for issue identification and resolution in clear, logical steps. 

From experience, most ‘sudden’ issues with a stable production system are caused by problems within the external systems, applications, or services that ADSS Server relies upon. These tend to manifest themselves as a problem within ADSS Server, but a quick examination of the relevant service logs will reveal whether an external issue is affecting ADSS Server’s ability to give an accurate and reliable answer. For example, firewall changes can easily affect the ability to access external CRL, OCSP, TSA, HSM or database services.  Database and HSM issues will immediately prevent ADSS Server availability.  
For details, see ADSS System Recovery Guide.

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