Error: Cannot manage Active Directory Certificate Services 0x424

The scenario is as follows. Once I have installed the Active Directory Certificate Services role on Windows Server 2016, I have completed Post-Installation Deployment by configuring all the necessary settings and I’m about to open the administrative console to create the first certificates.

When I open the console from a Windows 10 client with RSAT tools already installed, the following error is displayed.

Error: Cannot manage Active Directory Certificate Services 0x424

Cannot manage Active Directory Certificate Services.
The specified service does not exist as an installed service. 0x424 (WIN32: 1060 ERROR_SERVICE_DOES_NOT_EXIST)

By clicking OK, the administrative console appears and here is the cause of the problem. As shown in the figure below, it tries to connect to a Local Certification Authority that apparently does not exist on the client machine.

The solution is very simple. Right-click the Certification Authority (Local) and then Retarget Certification Authority.

Error: Cannot manage Active Directory Certificate Services 0x424

Here, select Another computer, click Browse and select the CA server you want to connect to.

Error: Cannot manage Active Directory Certificate Services 0x424

That’s it!

About Dimitris Tonias 143 Articles
My name is Dimitris Tonias, IT Pro, G(r)eek, focused on Server, Virtualization, and Cloud technologies.

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