JSI Tip 5026. How do I change the location of the certificate server database and log files?

To change the location of the certificate server database and log files:

1. Stop the Certificate Services service.

2. Copy the database and log files from the default location, %SystemRoot%\System32\CertLog, to a new location.

3. Grant the System account, Administrators and Enterprise Admins Full Control on the files.

4. Use Regedt32 to navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\CertSvc\Configuration.

5. Change the path in the following value names:

DBDirectory
DBLogDirectory
DBSystemDirectory
DBTempDirectory

6. Start the Certificate Services service.

7. Make sure that the Application event log records CertSvc event 26, which indicates a successful start.

8. If you receive a warning that the service did NOT start, check the syntax of the paths in the above Value Names.



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