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Windows 2008 R2 Certificate for Remote Desktop Expiring, how to handle this?

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On Windows Server 2008 R2 I was reviewing my certificates and I noticed that the remote desktop certificate is expiring soon.  It is a non trusted certificate according to the mmc.  I never had to renew anything in regards to this on Windows 2003.  Need to know if I have to renew this or replace it and how so that I can still remote into this server after this expires.  Or maybe there is no impact. Can someone please help me with this.  Thanks.
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Answer from here: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/1b528a7b-882a-4dc0-bb63-e36968cc284d/selfsigned-certificate-for-remote-desktop-expired?forum=winserverTS

"Turns out restarting the Remote Desktop Configuration service will renew the certificate if it is expired. I did not have to delete it first however I did test on another server by deleting it then restarting the service. It still properly created the certificate. Doing so generates an event log message:"
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So I think he is saying that if I just restart the remote desktop service AFTER it expires that would fix this.  Is that what you think will work.  I tried it wihtout it actually expiring and no change to the certificate occured??
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In one case we deleted the soon to expire certificate from the Certificate Management Console -> Computer Account and then restarted the service and a new certificate was created.  So you can manually delete the certificate and restart and it will create a new one as well.

It will not create a new certificate until the one that is there is either deleted or expired.
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Well that did work. I deleted it and it recreated it but it gave me the same time lenght.  I guess I will have to do this again when it expires. This information was a great help. Thank you.
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Excellent Answer.
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