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Setting Microsoft ADCS Template Permissions

In order to be able to issue certificates from your Microsoft CA via Certdog, the correct user-permissions must be set on the CA and certificate template

  • In order to request certificates an account must have the Enroll permission on the template

  • In order to be able to revoke certificates an account must have the Issue and Manage Certificates permission on the CA

Good practise is to create a group that has the correct permissions on the CA. Then create a service account for Certdog’s use and add this to that group (although you can just assign the correct permissions directly to a specific account)

In this example we have created a group called PKI_CERT_ISSUERS and a service account called svc-certdog

The svc-certdog account must have the Logon as a Service and ideally the Deny Local Logon rights assigned (as usual for service accounts). See here for details on creating a service account

The svc-certdog account is a member of PKI_CERT_ISSUERS so we configure the correct permissions for this group as follows:


To configure the Enroll permission on a specific template:

Open the Certificate Authority snapin:

CA Snapin

Select the Certificate Templates node, right click and choose Manage

Templates Console

Right click the template you wish to issue certificates from and select Properties

Select the Security tab and click Add… Select the PKI_CERT_ISSUERS group and check Allow for Enroll

Template Security Tab

Click OK

If this template is not already configured on the CA for issuance, perform the following:

Back on the Certificate Authority snapin, right click the Certificate Templates node and select New > Certificate Template to Issue

Enable Templates

Select the template and click OK

Members of the PKI_CERT_ISSUERS group (which includes svc-certdog) can now request certificates from the CA for this template


To also allow Revoke, perform the following:

From the Certificate Authority snapin right click the CA node and click Properties

Select the Security tab and click Add…

Select the PKI_CERT_ISSUERS group and check Allow for Issue and Manage Certificates

CA Security Tab

Click OK

Now any member of the PKI_CERT_ISSUERS group can revoke and request certificates for this template


The svc-certdog account can now be configured as a Credential within certdog and used to connect to this Microsoft CA when configuring an Issuer