Cannot install the Certificate Authority Web Enrollment component

I have recently been faced with a Certificate Authority server running on Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 that was refusing to have the Web Enrollment component installed.

I have tried installing by the GUI and using powershell using add-windowsfeature ADCS-Web-Enrollment and both method failed with the following error

“Certification Authority Web Enrollment cannot be installed on this computer or Error: Cannot install Certification Authority Web Enrollment.”

The solution to this problem is

  1. Run regedit on the server
  2. Browse to HKLocalMachine\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CertSvc\Configuration
  3. Change the SetupStatus key to 0×6001 (it was 0x6003 in my case)

Et voila you should be able to install the web enrollment now without issues

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