Requesting a certificate for domain controller fails with error message "The RPC server is unavailable. 0x800706ba (WIN32: 1722 RPC_SERVER_UNAVAILABLE)".

Here's the scenario:

  • Requesting a certificate for a domain controller fails.
  • On the certification authority, the certificate request is logged in the failed requests. The error message reads:
The RPC server is unavailable. 0x800706ba (WIN32: 1722 RPC_SERVER_UNAVAILABLE)

The error is also reported at the certification authority with Event no. 53 logged.

Active Directory Certificate Services denied request 165405 because The RPC server is unavailable. 0x800706ba (WIN32: 1722 RPC_S_SERVER_UNAVAILABLE). The request was for INTRA\DC01$. Additional information: Denied by Policy Module

The certificate request is also entered in the list of failed requests in the certification authority, i.e. the transmission of the certificate request from the domain controller to the certification authority obviously worked, but cannot be processed by it.

Possible cause

The Kerberos Authentication certificate template and derived certificate templates for domain controllers contain the flag CT_FLAG_SUBJECT_ALT_REQUIRE_DOMAIN_DNS.

This flag causes the certification authority to enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) and the NETBIOS name of the requestor in the Subject Alternative Name (SAN) extension of the certificate and requires that the certification authority can talk to the requesting domain controller via NTLM.

This communication takes place via TCP port 445, which must be released accordingly in the firewall configuration of the network.

The error will also occur if NTLMv2 was disabled via group policy.


It is relatively easy to check whether this is the cause of the problem using the PowerShell command Test-NetConnection, which must be called from the certificate authority.

Test-NetConnection -ComputerName {name-of-requesting-DomainController} -Port 445

The command must return True for the RPC Named Pipes connection to work.


The set flags for a certificate template can be viewed with the following command line command:

certutil -v -template {name-of-the-certificate-template}

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