Deploying Certificates and Potential Timing Issues

Microsoft's very own Carol Bailey is at it again with another great Configuration Manager post over on  This time she talks about something I need a lot of help with - patience.  I don't know how many times I've spent valuable cycles chasing down issues that would resolve themselves if I'd just leave them alone long enough.  Anyway, I've included a brief teaser and a link below so if you do any work at all with ConfigMgr, certs and CAs then you'll definitely want to give this one a thorough read:


A number of certificate deployment issues I see are down to timing issues.  Like other distributed systems with many moving parts, Microsoft Certificate Services often requires more time and patience to do its job than administrators are prepared to give it.  And yet this is a little odd, because SMS wasn't affectionately known as "Slow Moving Software" for nothing.  Seasoned SMS admins know that packages can take hours to install on all their distribution points, and that an urgently needed application might install in the next few minutes or hours. But tasked with deploying certificates and we suddenly become signed up members of the "I want it now" society.

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J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer

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