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Friday, February 8, 2013

“Error:Error constructing or Publishing certificate” while requesting a certificate for Lync server

Recently, I was working on installing Lync Server 2010 for testing purposes , all was going smoothly till I reached the certificate request and assignment step . When I ran the certificate request wizard I was able to complete the request but with a warning as shown below :

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When I checked the log file I got the following “Error:Error Constructing or Publishing Certificate”

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Additionally , I got the following when clicked next at the certificate request wizard

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I verified the existence of the root CA certificate at the Trusted Root Certification Authorities container on the Lync Server ,as below :

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At this stage I went to check my Certificate Authority server s follow :

  • Checked the services at Services snap-in : Both Active Directory Domain Services and Active Directory Certificate Services were started

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  • Upon checking for Active Directory Certificate Services events using Event Viewer I found that an event with ID 53 is present identifying the cause of the certificate generation failure 

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Hence , although the services were up and running all required was to do a restart for both Directory Domain Services and Active Directory Certificate Services ( Thanks to the restartable Active Directory Domain Services )  and voilà , the certificate request completed successfully without any warnings or errors

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