This article describes how to import keypairs (public and private keys) to your organization's existing Keyserver keyrings.
In certain situations, and in order to enforce some policies, it is necessary to add keypair(s) to the actual public and private keyrings of your PGP Keyserver. It is important to understand the difference between the PGP Keyserver's keyrings and its database of public keys. The Keyserver's database of public keys is quite simply a storage area into which users may place a copy of their public key for others to retrieve. By way of contrast, the PGP Keyserver's keyrings contain both public and private keys which may be used to secure the Keyserver and enforce certain policies.
This article gives step-by-step instructions for importing keypairs (public and private keys) to the keyrings of your PGP Keyserver.
If your security policy specifies that multiple keypairs will be used to enforce multiple policies, it is recommended that you plan ahead and import all necessary keypairs at once.
Step 1: Export the keypair(s) whichwill be added to your Keyserver's keyrings
This step must be completed on a computer which has PGP Desktop installed, and which contains the keypair(s) which you will be adding to your Keyserver's keyrings. If you have already exported a copy of the public and private keypair(s) which will be added to your Keyserver's keyring, you may skip to Step 2 of this article.
Step 2: Stop Keyserver services and copy existing keyrings
Both portions of this step must be completed on your PGP Keyserver computer. Stop Keyserver services
Copy Keyserver keyrings
Step 3: Transfer keyring files and import keypair(s)
This step must be completed on the same PGP Desktop computer used in Step 1 of this article.
Step 4: Transfer keyring files back to your Keyserver
Step 1 of this step must be completed on the PGP Desktop computer. The remaining steps must be completed on the PGP Keyserver computer.
At this point, your updated PGP Keyserver keyring is ready to be used. You may now configure Keyserver policies which will use the new keypair(s) on your Keyserver keyrings.