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The server RDP certificate expires every 6 months and is automatically recreated, meaning I need to re-install the new certificate on the client machines to allow users to save password.

Is there a straightforward way to create a self-signed certificate with a longer expiry?

I have 5 servers to configure.

Also, how do I install the certificate such that terminal services uses it?

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You can create a self-signed certificate with many different tools. Makecert is one such tool:


The OID for 'Server Authentication' is, so the argument -eku will be in there somewhere.

makecert -r -pe -n CN="MyServer" -eku -ss my -sr localmachine -b 01/01/2000 -e 01/01/2036 

That should get you a self signed certificate in your computer's personal store that expires in 2036.

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If you have a large domain, the best result would be to setup an enterprise Certificate Authority. Then just setup policies so that your system automatically acquire a valid certificate from the CA.

Also setup policies so that any certificates issued from that CA will be automatically trusted.

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