Certification authority not working after installation : gives error - system cannot find the file specified. 0x80070002

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I've installed Active directory certificate services and Certificate authority server role on Windows Server 2019 Standard edition. When I try to start Certification Authority (Local) console then it gives below error:

--------------------------- Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services --------------------------- The system cannot find the file specified. 0x80070002 (WIN32: 2 ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND)


I tried running the MMC console with administrative privileges but still no change in error.

certificate-authority
windows-server-2019
asked on Server Fault Mar 26, 2019 by RBT • edited Mar 27, 2019 by RBT

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I was able to get an answer from this thread on Microsoft TechNet. The issue turned out to be with the configuration of Certification Authority (CA). Once CA is installed then there is a configuration step also for which we see a pending action notification when we open Server manager as shown in the snapshot below:

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When we click on Configure Active Directory Certificate Services on th... link then a wizard opens up which helps configuration the CA. Here are few important wizard steps for your ready reference:

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answered on Server Fault Mar 27, 2019 by RBT

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