Fix: The Request Contains No Certificate Template Information

Do these things when CSR signing fails due to no certificate template

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  • If you try to issue a certificate and try to sign a CSR, sometimes, you may end up getting the request contains no certificate template information error.
  • Usually, when there is no embedded template information or when you fail to specify a proper template name, this problem may appear.
  • To solve this problem, you can use the command line interface and do the things mentioned in this article.
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If you encounter the request contains no certificate template information in Windows, this article will provide you with the methods to solve it.

When you try to sign or submit a CSR on Windows using Certificate Authority (CA), it should be finished successfully. But, in some cases, you may get a certificate request processor error. When it appears, you may see the following error message:

The request contains no certificate template information. 0x80094801 (-2146875391) Denied by policy module 0x80094801, The request does not contain a certificate template extension or the Certificate Template request attribute

This problem appears on any Windows edition, especially the Windows Server or Enterprise versions.

What causes no certificate template information error?

If you repeatedly face this problem, it can be because of the following reasons:

  • No embedded certificate template: If the certificate signing request file does not have an embedded template, you will encounter this problem.
  • Improper method: Your method of signing or issuing the certificate may have some problems.
  • No template name is specified: If you don’t specify the template name, you will get this error.

How can I fix the request contains no certificate template information on Windows?

Before going through our recommended methods, we suggest you do the following:

  • Make sure that any security patch update of your Windows server or PC is not pending.
  • Ensure that the CSR file you are trying to sign has no problem.

After ensuring the above things, follow these methods to fix no certificate template information error:

1. Specify the certificate template

  1. Open the Start Menu, and type cmd.
  2. Right-click on the Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
  3. Type the following command by replacing the necessary strings with your ones and press Enter to execute it: certreq -submit -config "Your_Existing_Config_Name" -attrib "CertificateTemplate:Your_Existing_Template_Name" your_CSR_File.csrsigning csr command with specifying template name

Make sure to replace the parameters. For example, your one may look like the following: certreq -submit -config "MyIssuingCA" -attrib "CertificateTemplate:CA11-SUN-SSL-C3-1" CertRequest.csr

You also can run the command without specifying the CSR file. In this case, a pop window will appear and ask to select the CSR file.

If you want to view the Windows CA template list, you can use the following command:

certutil -CATemplates -Config Machine\CAName

2. Try signing with no template information

  1. Open the command prompt as administrator, as shown before.
  2. Type the following command and hit Enter: certreq -submit -attrib CertificateTemplate:Webserversigning csr without specifying custom template name command
  3. Now, choose the CSR file when a pop-up window appears and asks you to do it and click on OK.choosing csr text file
  4. Save the certificate when it asks to save it.

After saving, you should find the certificate file where you have saved it. Now, you can use it in your own way.

These methods will help you to sign a CSR file by avoiding the error the request contains no certificate template information on Windows PC or server.

You also can avoid encountering this problem without trying it from the command line. In this case, you will need to specify the template on the GUI of Certificate Authority manually. But, using the command line way mentioned in this article is the best idea. It will save you time.

If necessary, you also can learn how to solve Windows doesn’t have enough information to verify this certificate.

In this post, you have learned how to solve the request contains no certificate template information error. If you have any better ideas to tackle this problem, feel free to let us know in the comment box.

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