Verify Server Enrollment of a Server Certificate

Applies To: Windows Server 2016

You can use this procedure to verify that your Network Policy Server (NPS) servers have enrolled a server certificate from the certification authority (CA).

Note

Membership in the Domain Admins group is the minimum required to complete these procedures.

Verify Network Policy Server (NPS) enrollment of a server certificate

Because NPS is used to authenticate and authorize network connection requests, it is important to ensure that the server certificate you have issued to NPS servers is valid when used in network policies.

To verify that a server certificate is correctly configured and is enrolled to the NPS server, you must configure a test network policy and allow NPS to verify that NPS can use the certificate for authentication.

To verify NPS server enrollment of a server certificate

  1. In Server Manager, click Tools, and then click Network Policy Server. The Network Policy Server Microsoft Management Console (MMC) opens.

  2. Double-click Policies, right-click Network Policies, and click New. The New Network Policy wizard opens.

  3. In Specify Network Policy Name and Connection Type, in Policy name, type Test policy. Ensure that Type of network access server has the value Unspecified, and then click Next.

  4. In Specify Conditions, click Add. In Select condition, click Windows Groups, and then click Add.

  5. In Groups, click Add Groups. In Select Group, type Domain Users, and then press ENTER. Click OK, and then click Next.

  6. In Specify Access Permission, ensure that Access granted is selected, and then click Next.

  7. In Configure Authentication Methods, click Add. In Add EAP, click Microsoft: Protected EAP (PEAP), and then click OK. In EAP Types, select Microsoft: Protected EAP (PEAP), and then click Edit. The Edit Protected EAP Properties dialog box opens.

  8. In the Edit Protected EAP Properties dialog box, in Certificate issued to, NPS displays the name of your server certificate in the format ComputerName.Domain. For example, if your NPS server is named NPS-01 and your domain is example.com, NPS displays the certificate NPS-01.example.com. In addition, in Issuer, the name of your certification authority is displayed, and in Expiration date, the date of expiration of the server certificate is shown. This demonstrates that your NPS server has enrolled a valid server certificate that it can use to prove its identity to client computers that are trying to access the network through your network access servers, such as virtual private network (VPN) servers, 802.1X-capable wireless access points, Remote Desktop Gateway servers, and 802.1X-capable Ethernet switches.

    Important

    If NPS does not display a valid server certificate and if it provides the message that such a certificate cannot be found on the local computer, there are two possible reasons for this problem. It is possible that Group Policy did not refresh properly, and the NPS server has not enrolled a certificate from the CA. In this circumstance, restart the NPS server. When the computer restarts, Group Policy is refreshed, and you can perform this procedure again to verify that the server certificate is enrolled. If refreshing Group Policy does not resolve this issue, either the certificate template, certificate autoenrollment, or both are not configured correctly. To resolve these issues, start at the beginning of this guide and perform all steps again to ensure that the settings that you have provided are accurate.

  9. When you have verified the presence of a valid server certificate, you can click OK and Cancel to exit the New Network Policy wizard.

    Note

    Because you are not completing the wizard, the test network policy is not created in NPS.