The CEICW Certificate Generator Will Be Out Of The Office On February 29, 2008

The CEICW Certificate Generator Will Be Out Of The Office On February 29, 2008

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[Today's post comes to us courtesy of James Frederickson and Justin Crosby]

Running the CEICW on SBS 2003 on February 29, 2008 and choosing to create a certificate may fail on Secure Web Site Configuration as seen below:

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Text of error:

An error occurred while configuring a component.
To continue with the wizard and configure remaining components, click OK.
To end the wizard without configuring the remaining components, click Cancel.
[OK] [Cancel]

You will also see the following errors in icwlog.txt:

Web server name: mail.contoso.com
CCertCommit::ValidatePropertyBag returned OK
Opening the cert store returned OK
Reading the computer name returned OK
Reading the fully qualified server name returned OK
*** Creating the self signed cert returned ERROR 80070057
*** CCertCommit::EnableSSL returned ERROR 80070057
*** CCertCommit::CommitEx returned ERROR 80070057
calling GetBOConnector ().
Error 0x80072030 returned from call to GetBOConnector().

The reasons for this issue is that the when you have the CEICW create a self-signed certificate for your webserver,  it uses the current date +5 years.  Since there is not a February 29th in the year 2013 the wizard uses an invalid expiration date, which in turn causes the wizard to fail.

To avoid this issue choose the option to "Do not change current Web server certificate" when running the CEICW. 

The CEICW will resume normal operation the next day, March 1st, 2008.

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  • This made me laugh http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2008/01/15/the-ceicw-certificate-generator-will

  • Thanks for the heads up.  I'm glad leap seconds don't cause this kind of trouble!

    JamesNT

  • The Official SBS Blog : The CEICW Certificate Generator Will Be Out Of The Office On February 29, 2008

  • The Official SBS Blog : The CEICW Certificate Generator Will Be Out Of The Office On February 29, 2008

  • :) To know more check this out; The CEICW Certificate Generator Will Be Out Of The Office On February

  • For a detailed understanding of the issue go thru the following blog post   The CEICW Certificate

  • That's really amusing!

    I wonder if this is the first time this has happened or if 4 years ago no one decided to do anything about it (can probably be fixed with a single line of code to add a day if the date doesn't exist)

  • Das Jahr 2000 und die gefürchteten Probleme durch die Jahreszahl haben wir erfolgreich überstanden. Auf

  • The Official SBS Blog : The CEICW Certificate Generator Will Be Out Of The Office On February 29, 2008

  • The Official SBS Blog : The CEICW Certificate Generator Will Be Out Of The Office On February 29, 2008

  • Aghghghghgh… That’ll teach me to skip over a blogpost! I just lost an hour of my life to

  • A semi-hobby of mine is that of date- and time-related issues with computers. Something that we all take