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Certificate Authority Service Does Not Start When Remote Share Is the Specified Location for the Database and Log Files

Article ID: 254154

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server

This article was previously published under Q254154


When you install Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, the Certificate Authority service does not start.


This behavior occurs when a remote network share is specified as the location for the Certificate Authority database, log files, or both.


Use Certutil.exe to change the database path to a local device:

  1. Log on as a local administrator.
  2. At a command prompt, type certutil -setreg dbdirectory "C:\windows\system32\certlog", and then press ENTER.

Note In this procedure, "C:\windows\system32\certlog" can be replaced with any valid local path.

  1. At a command prompt, type certutil -setreg DBLogDirectory "C:\windows\system32\certlog", and then press ENTER.
  2. At a command prompt, type certutil -setreg DBSystemDirectory "C:\windows\system32\certlog", and then press ENTER.
  3. At a command prompt, type certutil -setreg DBTempDirectory "C:\windows\system32\certlog", and then press ENTER.

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