Create a new certificate template

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2


To create a new certificate template

  1. Open Certificate Templates.

  2. Right-click the template to copy from and then click Duplicate Template.

  3. Type a new name for this certificate template.

  4. Make any necessary changes and click OK.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group or the Enterprise Admins group in Active Directory, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  • To open Certificate Templates, click Start, click Run, type certtmpl.msc, and then press Enter.

  • New certificate templates must be created by copying an existing template and using the existing template's properties as the default for the new template. Copy the existing certificate template closest to the configuration of the intended new template to minimize the work necessary.

  • Although Version 2 templates can be created and duplicated in Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, certificates based on Version 2 templates can only be issued by a certification authority running Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, or Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition.

See Also


Delete a certificate template
Supersede templates
Modify a Certificate Template