Troubleshooting: An error occurred when creating the WSUS Signing Certificate (Secunia)

Lately I have been doing some Secunia integrations with System Center 2012 R2: Configuration Manager (SCCM/ConfigMgr 2012). When you are setting up the connector between Secunia CSI and WSUS one of the first things the wizard is asking you to do is to Configure a WSUS Self-Signed Certificate, the WSUS signing certificate is required to create and install local packages. Without it, only packages from Microsoft Update will be installed.

How-ever this time I got this error when trying to ‘Automatically create and install certificate’  during the Connector Wizard: An error occurred when creating the WSUS Signing Certificate


Now this error would probably not appear on Windows Server 2012 or earlier editions and the reason why is that Microsoft has disabled the feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 (the platform I am using). This is because and I quote (The WSUS Product Team) “We disabled this feature because it was causing a significant management burden for those using the feature, and it duplicated functionality that already exists in Windows Server Certificate Services (and other products)”.

The good thing is that it has an easy quick fix or workaround. Get your PowerShell prompt with administrative rights up and running and execute the following command:


The result: Success!!




Again, happy troubleshooting! Smilefjes


By |2015-10-20T20:14:46+00:00October 20th, 2015|Configuration Manager (SCCM), Security|1 Comment

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Marius A. Skovli
Microsoft Enterprise Client Management Evangelist with: 10+ years experience within Microsoft System Management Solutions Extensive experience across Private and Public Sector Passion for Community Driven work, volunteering within Microsoft technology Great belief that sharing experience within fellow peers is key to creating a sustainable society Strong commitment to System Center User Group Norway as co-founder and current leader I am a technology enthusiast working as a consultant for the consultant company CTGlobal. I have always been passionate about IT and have the last 10 + years worked with Management and Automation within Microsoft technology. Back in 2005/6 I started working with System Management Server (SMS) 2003 and have been working with Enterprise Client Management ever since, where i today focus on helping customers design and implement solutions based on System Center Configuration Manager and/or Enterprise Mobility Suite from Microsoft. Other parts of my work consists of speaking and presenting at different events and seminars, doing research and blog about solutions I find and products I work with. I truly believe in a strong community where knowledge and know-how is essential. Creating creative arenas where it is possible for peers to spread the word about new technologies and solutions is key and as an act on this I co-founded System Center User Group Norway ( SCUG is an initiative where we discuss, preach and present new technologies and solutions in the System Center Space from Microsoft. This is a free arena for everybody to join that is interested in/or enthusiastic about Microsoft Cloud Platform (Enterprise Client Management or Cloud and Datacenter). Specialties: System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM2007-SCCM2012), Enterprise Mobility and Intune, Windows and Windows server deployment.

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