Configure Computer Certificate Autoenrollment

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

You can use this procedure to automatically enroll, or autoenroll, client computer certificates to domain member computers.


In this procedure, you are instructed to enable the Certificate Services Client - Auto-Enrollment Group Policy setting. If you have previously deployed server certificates and configured autoenrollment of server certificates, you do not need to perform this procedure again; however, you can use this procedure to verify that Group Policy is configured correctly to autoenroll certificates.

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

To configure client computer certificate autoenrollment

  1. On the computer where Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) is installed, click Start, click Run, type mmc, and then click OK. The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) opens.

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

  3. In the Add or Remove Snap-ins dialog box, in Available snap-ins, scroll down to and double-click Group Policy Management Editor. The Group Policy Wizard opens.

  4. In Select 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. In the MMC, expand the following path: Default Domain Policy, Computer Configuration, Policies, Windows Settings, Security Settings, Public Key Policies.

  8. Click Public Key Policies, and then in the details pane double-click Certificate Services Client - Auto-Enrollment. The Certificate Services Client - Auto-Enrollment 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.