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Windows 2000 - Automatic SSL Certificate assignment

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Last Modified: 2013-12-05

I have a client who is trying to install a SSL certificate (Verisign) onto a Domain Controller.  He already has an self signed certificate installed on the DC.  IF he deletes the self signed certificate and rebots his server, the certifiicate reappears.  If he deletes the self signed cert, installs the Verisign cert and sets it to perform server authentication, then reboots the DC, the self signed cert reappears and is set to perform server authentication - overriding the Verisign cert.

I don't have access to the servers and have been given little information but I am assured that the environment consists of Windows 2000 DC servers only.  Can someone give me any ideas on how to disable this SSL certificate auto enrollment for that DC?

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I noticed you asked a similar question for 2003.  Even though the solutions look the same, there are slight differences in the template name and enroll and autoenroll options.

You can' t set autoenrollment for a specific server.  To do what you want to do, you would need to remove the Autoenroll option on the that template.   Just load the certificate templates MMC, select the Domain Controller template and then select the security TAB.  Select the Domain Controllers security principal and then deselect the enroll and click Apply.
This will remove autoenrollment for ALL DC's

A way around it, would be to remove the Domain Controllers group from the security TAB, then add the specific domain controllers by name, excluding the one that you don't want.

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