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How to set up automatic certificate enrollment in Active Directory

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This topic describes the procedure to set up automatic certificate enrollment in Active Directory.

Before you begin

  • Your user account must be part of Enterprise Admins and Cert Publishers group.
  • You must logon to Active Directory Certificate Server (AD CS).

Step 1 - Create a security group

To create a security group on Active Directory

  1. On DC1, click Start > Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.
  2. In the navigation pane, expand Roles, expand Active Directory Domain Services, expand Active Directory Users and Computers, expand, right-click Users, click New, and then click Group.
  3. In the New Object - Group dialog box, in the Group name text box, type a name for the group. Example: AutoEnrollGroup.
  4. Click OK. Leave Server Manager running with the Computers container shown in the results pane.

Step 2 - Create a certificate template to enroll

To create a certificate template

  1. Open the Certificate Templates Console
    1. From the Start menu, click Run.
    2. Type certtmpl.msc in the text box and click OK. Certificate Templates Console window appears on the page.
  2. Right-click the User template, and then click Duplicate Template.Duplicate_Template.png
  3. Under General tab,
    1. Type a Template display name. For example, User Auto Enroll.
    2. (Optional) Modify the default Validity Period and Renewal Period as per  your requirements.
    3. Select Publish certificate in Active Directory check box.
    4. Select Do not Automatically reenroll if duplicate certificate exists in Active Directory check box.Properties_new_template.png
  4. Under Request Handling tab,
    1. Ensure Allow private key to be exported check box is clear.
      Important: This ensures that the downloaded user certificates are useless by preventing a possible compromise of the server's private key.
    2. Select Enroll Subject without requiring any user input option.Properties_new_template_request_handling.png
  5. Click the Cryptography tab, enter Minimum key size as 4096.Properties_new_template_crypt.png
  6. Under Security tab,
    1. In the Group or user name, click Add and type the name or browse to select the security group. For example, Auto Enroll group.
    2. Select the security group and under Permissions dialog box, select the Read, Enroll, and Autoenroll check boxes.
  7. Under Extensions tab,
    1. Select the Application Policies extension, and click Edit.
      Edit Application Policies Extension dialog box appears on the page.
    2. Select and remove all other application policies except the Client Authentication application policy.
    3. Click OK.
  8. Click Apply and then click OK.
  9. Close the Certificate Templates Console.

Step 3 - Add certificate template to the certification authority

To add certificate template to the certification authority

  1. Open the Certificate Authority.
    1. From the Start menu, click Run.
    2. Type certsrv.msc and click OK.
  2. Right-click Certificate Templates, click New, and then click Certificate Template to Issue.
  3. Select the certificate template, for example - 'User Auto Enroll' in this case, and click OK.
  4. Ensure the certificate template is added to your Certification Authority.

Step 4 - Create group policy for auto enrollment

To create a group policy for auto enrollment

  1. Launch the Group Policy Management console.
    1. From the Start menu, click Run.
    2. Type gpmc.msc in the text box, and click OK.
  2. In the left pane, on the Domain Controller, right-click and select Create a Gpo in this domain, and Link it here. New GPO dialog box appears on the page.
  3. Type a Name for the group policy and click OK.
  4. Right-click on the newly created group policy, and click Edit.
  5. Go to User Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Public Key Policies and then under Object Type section in the right pane, select Certificate Services Client - Auto-Enrollment.
  6. Right-click on Certificate Services Client - Auto-Enrollment and click Properties.
  7. Under Enrollment Policy Configuration tab,
    1. For Configuration Model, select Enabled from the drop-down list.
    2. Select the following check boxes,
      • Renew expired certificates, update pending certificates, and remove revoked certificates
      • Update certificates that use certificate templates
    3. Click OK.
  8. Save your changes and close the Group Policy Management console.