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How to create a self-signed WSUS certificate when the Server Publishing Setup Wizard fails

Updated June 20th, 2017



When you generate a software publishing certificate in Patch Manager using the Server Publishing Setup Wizard, the procedure fails to create the self-signed certificate. 


  • All Patch Manager versions
  • WSUS 2012


Create a self-signed certificate by executing a command in a command prompt or the SolarWinds Utility. 


  1. Launch a command prompt as an administrator from the WSUS server.
    If you cannot access a command prompt, copy the SolarWinds Server Diagnostics Utility to the WSUS server.
    1. Browse to the Patch Manager install directory located at:
      C:\Program Files\Solarwinds\Patch Manager\Server
    2. Copy ServerDiagnostics.exe to the WSUS server. 
    3. Open the utility.
  2. In the command prompt, run the following command:

    SolarWinds.Utilities.WSUS2012PlusCertManagement.exe /operation createselfsigned /targetwsusname (wsus server name) /targetwsusport 8530 /targetgetwsususessl no

    For Microsoft® Windows Server® 2016 WSUS, use a period ( . ) for the hostname in place of the WSUS server name. 

  3. If you did not receive an error message, go to step 4.
    If you receive an error message, check the registry for the createselfsignedcert key.

    1. Open the Registry Editor. 

    2. Create the following registry key:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Update Services\Server\Setup\
      Create DWORD value: EnableSelfSignedCertificates = 1

    3. Repeat step 2 to create the certificate. 

  4. Open the Certificate Manager store and locate the new WSUS keystore.

  5. In Patch Manager, expand Administration and Reporting and select Software Publishing.

  6. In the Actions menu, double-click Server Publishing Setup Wizard.

  7. Complete the Wizard to distribute the certificate to your Primary Application Server (PAS).

  8. In Patch Manager, expand Enterprise and select Update Services.

  9. Select your WSUS server.
    The Software Publishing Certificate should now be populated.






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10:33, 6 Sep 2017