Windows 2008 Certificate Renewal Problem

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    Robert R.

    server: Windows 2008 SP2 (not R2) 64-bit domain controller

    When attempting to renew a certificate

    (cert, right-click) –> All Tasks –> Advanced Options –> Renew This Certificate With The Same Key

    I get the following error message:

    Enrollment Error
    The request contains no certificate template information.

    The “Resolution” in Microsoft KB 910249 :

    To resolve this issue, use an alternative method to request certificates from an enterprise CA. For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web page:
    The “Advanced Certificate Enrollment and Management” white paper describes various methods for requesting certificates from an enterprise CA. For example, you can request certificates by using the Web-based CA interface, by creating .inf files that contain certificate information, by using the Certreq.exe utility, and by using the Certutil.exe utility.

    While the white paper contains a lot of information about new certificate requests (and I have used certreq in the recent past), there was no useful information about renewing certificates.

    A little more searching brought me to certutil , but when I run it, I get

    C:Windowssystem32>certutil -renewCert
    CertUtil: The system cannot find the file specified.

    This may seem like a stupid question, but what file is it looking for?

    UPDATE: I get the same message if I select “Renew Certificate With New Key…” and “Advanced Options” –> “Request New Certificate With The Same Key”

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