Certificate Connector for Microsoft Intune

For Microsoft Intune to support use of certificates for authentication and the signing and encryption of email using S/MIME, you can use the Certificate Connector for Microsoft Intune. The certificate connector is software you install on an on-premises server to help deliver and manage certificates for your Intune-managed devices.

This article introduces the Certificate Connector for Microsoft Intune, its lifecycle, and how to keep it up to date.

Tip

Beginning on July 29, 2021, the Certificate Connector for Microsoft Intune replaces the use of PFX Certificate Connector for Microsoft Intune and Microsoft Intune Connector. The new connector includes the functionality of both previous connectors. With the release of version 6.2109.51.0 of the Certificate Connector for Microsoft, the previous connectors are no longer supported.

Connector overview

To use the certificate connector, you’ll first download software from within the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center, which you’ll then install on a Windows Server.

During the installation, you can install one or more connector features, including support for:

  • Private and public key pair (PKCS) certificates
  • PKCS imported certificates
  • Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP)
  • Certificate revocation

You'll also assign a service account to run the connector. This account is used for all interactions with your Certification Authority, and for certificate issuance, revocation, and renewal. Supported options for the service account include the connector servers SYSTEM account or a Domain account.

After the connector installs, you can run configuration of the connector again at any time to update it or change the features you’ve installed. After it's installed and configured, the connector can automatically install future updates to keep your connectors current to the most recent release.

Intune supports installing of multiple instances of the connector in a tenant, and each instance can support different features. If you use multiple connectors that support different features, certificate requests are always routed to a relevant connector. For example, if you install two connectors that support PKCS, and install two more that support both PKCS and SCEP, certificate tasks for PKCS can be managed by any of the four connectors, but tasks for SCEP are only directed to the two connectors that support SCEP.

Each instance of the certificate connector has the same network requirements as devices that are managed by Intune. For more information, see Network endpoints for Microsoft Intune, and Intune network configuration requirements and bandwidth.

Capabilities of the certificate connector

The Certificate Connector for Microsoft Intune supports:

  • PKCS #12 certificate requests.

  • PKCS imported certificates (PFX file) for S/MIME email encryption for a specific user.

  • Issuing Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP) certificates. When you use an Active Directory Certificate Services Certification Authority (CA), also called a Microsoft CA, you must also configure the Network Device Enrollment Service (NDES) on the server that hosts the connector.

    Use of SCEP with a third-party Certification Authority, doesn’t require use of the Certificate Connector for Microsoft Intune.

  • Certificate revocation.

  • Automatic updates to new versions. When servers that host the certificate connector can access the internet, they automatically install new updates to stay current. When a connector fails to automatically update, you can manually update the connector.

  • Installation of up to 100 instances of the connector per Intune tenant, with each instance on a separate Windows Server. When you use multiple connectors:

    • Each instance of the connector must have access to the private key used to encrypt the passwords of each uploaded PFX file.

    • Each instance of the connector should be at the same version. Because the connector supports automatic updates to the newest version, updates can be managed for you by Intune.

    • Your infrastructure supports redundancy and load balancing, as any available connector instance that supports the same connector features can process your certificate requests.

    • You can configure a proxy to allow the connector to communicate with Intune.

      Note

      Any instance of the connector that supports PKCS can be used to retrieve pending PKCS requests from the Intune Service queue, process Imported certificates, and handle revocation requests. It's not possible to define which connector handles each request.

      Therefore, each connector that supports PKCS must have the same permissions and be able to connect with all the certification authorities defined later in the PKCS profiles.

Lifecycle

Periodically, updates to the certificate connector are released. Announcements for new connector updates, including the version and release date for each update, appear in the What's new for the Certificate Connector section in this article.

Each new connector release:

  • Is supported for six months after its release date. During this period, automatic updates can install a newer connector version. Updated connector versions can include but aren't limited to bug fixes and performance and feature improvements.

  • If an out of support connector fails, you’ll need to update to the latest supported version.

  • If you block the automatic update of the connector, plan to manually update the connector within six months, before support for the installed version ends. After support ends, you’ll need to update the connector to a version that remains in support to receive support for problems with the connector.

  • Connectors that are out of support will continue to function for up to 18 months after its release date. After 18 months, a connectors functionality might fail due to service level improvements, updates, or in addressing common security vulnerabilities that might surface in the future.

For example, the connector version 6.2203.12.0 that released on May 4, 2022, will drop from support on November 4, 2022. The same connector should continue to function (though not be supported) until November 2023. After November 2023 the connector might stop communicating with Intune.

Automatic update

Intune can automatically update the connector to the latest version shortly after that connector version is released.

To update automatically, the server that hosts the connector must access the Azure update service:

  • Port: 443
  • Endpoint: autoupdate.msappproxy.net

When firewalls, infrastructure, or network configurations limit access for automatic update, resolve the blocking issues or manually update the connector to the new version.

Manual update

The process to manually update a certificate connector is the same for reinstalling a connector.

You can manually update a certificate connector even when it supports automatic updates. For example, you can manually update the connector when your network configuration blocks an automatic update.

Reinstall a certificate connector

  1. On the Windows Server that hosts the connector, run the connector installation program to uninstall the connector.

  2. To install the new version, use the procedure to install a new version of the connector. Be sure to check for any new or updated prerequisites when installing a newer version of a connector.

Connector status

In the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center, you can select a certificate connector to view information about its status:

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center

  2. Go to Tenant administration > Connectors and tokens > Certificate connectors.

  3. Select a connector to view its status.

When viewing the connector status:

  • Deprecated connectors show a Warning. After the six-month grace period, the warning changes to an Error.
  • Connectors that are beyond the grace period show an Error. These connectors are no longer supported and can stop working at any time.

Logging

Logs for the Certificate Connector for Microsoft Intune are available as Event logs on the server where the connector is installed:

  • Event Viewer > Application and Service Logs > Microsoft > Intune > Certificate Connectors

The following logs are available and default to 50 MB, and have automatic archiving enabled:

  • Admin Log - This log contains one log event per request to the connector. Events include either a success with information about the request, or an error with information about the request and the error.
  • Operational Log - This log displays additional information to that found in the Admin log, and can be of use in debugging issues. This log also displays ongoing operations instead of single events.

In addition to the default log level, you can enable debug logging for each log to obtain more details.

Event IDs

All events have one of the following IDs:

  • 0001-0999 - Not associated with any specific scenario
  • 1000-1999 - PKCS
  • 2000-2999 - PKCS Import
  • 3000-3999 - Revoke
  • 4000-4999 - SCEP
  • 5000-5999 - Connector Health

Task Categories

All events are tagged with a Task Category to aid in filtering. Task categories contain but aren't limited to the following list:

PKCS

  • Admin

    • Event ID: 1000 - PkcsRequestSuccess
      Successfully uploaded a PKCS Request to Intune.

    • Event ID: 1001 - PkcsRequestFailure
      Failed to fulfill or upload a PKCS Request to Intune.

    • Event ID: 1200 - PkcsRecryptRequestSuccess
      Successfully processed PKCS Reencrypt request.

    • Event ID: 1201 - PkcsRecryptRequestFailure
      Failed to process PKCS Reencrypt request.

  • Operational

    • Event ID: 1002 - PkcsDownloadSuccess
      Successfully downloaded PKCS requests from Intune.

    • Event ID: 1003 - PkcsDownloadFailure
      Failed to download PKCS requests from Intune.

    • Event ID: 1020 - PkcsDownloadedRequest
      Successfully downloaded PKCS request from Intune

    • Event ID: 1032 - PkcsDigiCertRequest
      Successfully downloaded a PKCS request for DigiCert CA from Intune.

    • Event ID: 1050 - PkcsIssuedSuccess
      Successfully issued a PKCS certificate.

    • Event ID: 1051 - PkcsIssuedFailedAttempt
      Failed to issue a PKCS certificate, will try again.

    • Event ID: 1052 - PkcsIssuedFailure
      Failed to issue a PKCS certificate.

    • Event ID: 1100 - PkcsUploadSuccess
      Successfully uploaded PKCS request results to Intune.

    • Event ID: 1101 - PkcsUploadFailure
      Failed to upload PKCS request results to Intune.

    • Event ID: 1102 - PkcsUploadedRequest
      Successfully uploaded PKCS request to Intune.

    • Event ID: 1202 - PkcsRecryptDownloadSuccess
      Successfully downloaded PKCS Reencrypt requests.

    • Event ID: 1203 - PkcsRecryptDownloadFailure
      Failed to download PKCS Reencrypt requests.

    • Event ID: 1220 - PkcsRecryptDownloadedRequest
      Successfully downloaded a PKCS Reencrypt request.

    • Event ID: 1250 - PkcsRecryptReencryptSuccess
      Successfully re-encrypted PKCS certificate payload.

    • Event ID: 1251 - PkcsRecryptDecryptSuccess
      Successfully decrypted PKCS certificate payload.

    • Event ID: 1252 - PkcsRecryptDecryptFailure
      Failed to decrypt PKCS certificate payload.

    • Event ID: 1253 - PkcsRecryptReencryptFailure
      Failed to re-encrypt PKCS certificate payload.

    • Event ID: 1300 - PkcsRecryptUploadSuccess
      Successfully uploaded PKCS Reencrypt request results to Intune.

    • Event ID: 1301 - PkcsRecryptUploadFailure
      Failed to upload PKCS Reencrypt request results to Intune.

    • Event ID: 1302 - PkcsRecryptUploadedRequest
      Successfully uploaded a PKCS Reencrypt request to Intune.

PKCS Import

  • Admin

    • Event ID: 2000 - PkcsImportRequestSuccess
      Successfully downloaded PKCS Import requests from Intune.

    • Event ID: 2001 - PkcsImportRequestFailure
      Failed to process a PKCS Import request from Intune.

  • Operational

    • Event ID: 2202 - PkcsImportDownloadSuccess
      Successfully downloaded PKCS Import requests from Intune.

    • Event ID: 2203 - PkcsImportDownloadFailure
      Failed to download PKCS Import requests from Intune.

    • Event ID: 2020 - PkcsImportDownloadedRequest
      Successfully downloaded a PKCS Import request from Intune.

    • Event ID: 2050 - PkcsImportReencryptSuccess
      Successfully re-encrypted a PKCS Import certificate.

    • Event ID: 2051 - PkcsImportReencryptFailedAttempt
      Failed to re-encrypt a PKCS Import certificate, will try again.

    • Event ID: 2052 - PkcsImportReencryptFailure
      Failed to re-encrypt an imported certificate.

    • Event ID: 2100 - PkcsImportUploadSuccess
      Successfully uploaded PKCS Import request results to Intune.

    • Event ID: 2101 - PkcsImportUploadFailure
      Failed to upload PKCS request results to Intune.

    • Event ID: 2102 - PkcsImportUploadedRequest
      Successfully uploaded a PKCS Import request to Intune.

Revocation

  • Admin

    • Event ID: 3000 - RevokeRequestSuccess
      Successfully downloaded Revocation requests from Intune.

    • Event ID: 3001 - RevokeRequestFailure
      A failure occurred when downloading Revocation requests from Intune.

  • Operational

    • Event ID: 3002 - RevokeDownloadSuccess
      Successfully downloaded Revocation requests from Intune.

    • Event ID: 3003 - RevokeDownloadFailure
      A failure occurred when downloading Revocation requests from Intune.

    • Event ID: 3020 - RevokeDownloadedRequest
      Details of a single downloaded request from Intune

    • Event ID: 3032 - RevokeDigicertRequest
      Received revoke request from Intune and forwarding request to Digicert for fulfillment of request.

    • Event ID: 3050 - RevokeSuccess
      Successfully revoked certificate.

    • Event ID: 3051 - RevokeFailure
      A failure occurred while revoking a certificate.

    • Event ID: 3052 - RevokeFailedAttempt
      Failed to revoke a certificate, will try again.

    • Event ID: 3100 - RevokeUploadSuccess
      Successfully uploaded Revocation request results to Intune.

    • Event ID: 3101 - RevokeUploadFailure
      Failed to upload Revocation request results to Intune.

    • Event ID: 3102 - RevokeUploadedRequest
      Successfully uploaded Revocation request to Intune.

SCEP

  • Admin

    • Event ID: 4000 - ScrepRequestSuccess
      Successfully processed a SCEP request and notified Intune.

    • Event ID: 4001 - ScepRequestIssuedFailure
      Failed to process a SCEP request and notified Intune.

    • Event ID: 4002 - ScepRequestUploadFailure
      Successfully processed SCEP request but failed to notify Intune.

  • Operational

    • Event ID: 4003 - ScepRequestReceived
      Successfully received a SCEP request from a device.

    • Event ID: 4004 - ScepVerifySuccess
      Successfully verified a SCEP request with Intune.

    • Event ID: 4005 - ScepVerifyFailure
      Failed to verify a SCEP request with Intune.

    • Event ID: 4006 - ScepIssuedSuccess
      Successfully issued certificate for a SCEP request.

    • Event ID: 4007 - ScepIssuedFailure
      Failed to issue certificate for SCEP request.

    • Event ID: 4008 - ScepNotifySuccess
      Successfully notified Intune of the result for a SCEP request.

    • Event ID: 4009 - ScepNotifyAttemptFailed
      Failed to notify Intune of the result of a SCEP request, will try again.

    • Event ID: 4010 - ScepNotifySaveToDiskFailed
      Failed to write notification to disk and cannot notify Intune of the request status.

Connector Health

  • Operational

    • Event ID: 5000 - HealthMessageUploadSuccess Successfully uploaded health messages to Intune.

    • Event ID: 5001 - HealthMessageUploadFailedAttempt Failed to upload health messages to Intune, will try again.

    • Event ID: 5002 - HealthMessageUploadFailure Failed to upload health messages to Intune.

What's new for the Certificate Connector

Updates for the Certificate Connector for Microsoft Intune are released periodically and then supported for six months. When we update the connector, you can read about the changes here.

New updates for the connector can take a week or more to become available for each tenant.

Important

Starting April 2022, certificate connectors earlier than version 6.2101.13.0 will be deprecated and will show a status of Error. Starting August 2022, these connector versions won't be able to revoke certificates. Starting September 2022, these connector versions won't be able to issue certificates. This includes both the PFX Certificate Connector for Microsoft Intune and Microsoft Intune Connector, which on July 29, 2021 were replaced by the Certificate Connector for Microsoft Intune (as detailed in this article).

September 21, 2022

Version 6.2206.122.0 - Changes in this release:

  • Improved telemetry in addition to bug fixes and performance improvements

June 30, 2022

Version 6.2205.201.0 - Changes in this release:

  • Updated telemetry channel to Intune to allow Intune Administrator to collect data in the portal

May 4, 2022

Version 6.2203.12.0 - Changes in this release:

  • Support CNG providers for client authentication certificates
  • Improved support for automatic renewal of client authentication certificates

March 10, 2022

Version 6.2202.38.0. This update includes:

  • Changes to support TLS 1.2 for auto-update

February 18, 2022

Version 6.2201.7.0. This update includes:

  • Support changes for account moves
  • Explicit disabling for older versions of TLS

January 6, 2022

Version 6.2112.1.0. This update includes:

  • New configuration logging on startup of services
  • New logging for configuration changes during service processing
  • Fix for configuration tool to appropriately clear proxy information on removal
  • Bug fix affecting reconnections to Intune in scenarios where proxies are in use

October 11, 2021

Version 6.2110.201.0. This update includes:

  • Bug fix for reading the SCEP application pool during configuration.

September 23, 2021

Version 6.2109.51.0. - With the release of this update, support ends for the two previous certificate connectors, PFX Certificate Connector for Microsoft Intune and Microsoft Intune Connector.

This update includes:

  • Additional logging for Digicert PKCS requests
  • Enhancement to cryptography operations made during handling of PKCS requests

Next steps

Review prerequisites for the Certificate Connector for Microsoft Intune