The Network Device Enrollment Service (NDES) logs the error message "The Network Device Enrollment Service cannot retrieve one of its required certificates (0x80070057). The parameter is incorrect."

Assume the following scenario:

  • An NDES server is configured on the network.
  • HTTP error 500 (Internal Server Error) is reported when accessing the NDES application web page (mscep) and the NDES administration web page (certsrv/mscep_admin).
  • The events no. 2 and 10 stored in the application event log:
The Network Device Enrollment Service cannot be started (0x80070057). The parameter is incorrect.
The Network Device Enrollment Service cannot retrieve one of its required certificates (0x80070057). The parameter is incorrect.

The Network Device Enrollment Service (NDES) provides a way for devices that do not have an identifier in Active Directory (for example, network devices such as routers, switches, printers, thin clients, or smartphones and tablets) to request certificates from a certification authority. For a more detailed description, see the article "Network Device Enrollment Service (NDES) Basics„.

Possible causes

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This error occurs when the NDES service does not provide the required Registration Authority certificates cannot be used.

Possible causes may include:

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