Configure Server Certificate Autoenrollment


Applies To: Windows Server 2012


Before you perform this procedure, you must configure a server certificate template by using the Certificate Templates Microsoft Management Console snap-in on a CA that is running AD CS.

Membership in both the Enterprise Admins and the root domain's Domain Admins group is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

To configure server certificate autoenrollment

  1. On the computer where AD DS is installed, open Windows PowerShell®, type mmc, and then press ENTER. The Microsoft Management Console opens.

  2. On the File menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in. The Add or Remove Snap-ins dialog box opens.

  3. In Available snap-ins, scroll down to and double-click Group Policy Management Editor. The Select Group Policy Object dialog box opens.


    Ensure that you select Group Policy Management Editor and not Group Policy Management. If you select Group Policy Management, your configuration using these instructions will fail and a server certificate will not be autoenrolled to your NPS servers.

  4. In Group Policy Object, click Browse. The Browse for a Group Policy Object dialog box opens.

  5. In Domains, OUs, and linked Group Policy Objects, click Default Domain Policy, and then click OK.

  6. Click Finish, and then click OK.

  7. Double-click Default Domain Policy. In the console, expand the following path: Computer Configuration, Policies, Windows Settings, Security Settings, and then Public Key Policies.

  8. Click Public Key Policies. In the details pane, double-click Certificate Services Client - Auto-Enrollment. The Properties dialog box opens. Configure the following items, and then click OK:

    1. In Configuration Model, select Enabled.

    2. Select the Renew expired certificates, update pending certificates, and remove revoked certificates check box.

    3. Select the Update certificates that use certificate templates check box.

  9. Click OK.