Microsoft Cloud PKI for Intune SCEP URL

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced Cloud PKI for Intune, a cloud service for issuing and managing digital certificates for Intune-managed endpoints. With Cloud PKI for Intune, administrators no longer need to deploy on-premises infrastructure to use certificates for user and device-based authentication for workloads such as Wi-Fi and VPN. Cloud PKI for Intune can be used standalone (cloud native) or integrated with an existing on-premises Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) enterprise PKI to extend an existing on-premises certificate services infrastructure.


Cloud PKI for Intune utilizes Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP) to enroll certificates for users and devices. To deploy Intune Cloud PKI certificates, administrators must create and deploy a SCEP Certificate device configuration policy in Intune.


When creating the SCEP certificate device configuration policy in Intune, administrators are asked to supply the SCEP server URL. Administrators will find this information by opening the Intune management console, navigating to Tenant Administration > Cloud PKI, clicking on the issuing certification authority, and then clicking Properties.

Administrators may notice the URL is unreachable if they try to connect to it using their web browser or PowerShell. Specifically, the FQDN is not shown in the URI; instead, it is represented as the variable {{CloudPKIFQDN}}, as highlighted above.

Policy Configuration

You can safely ignore this as it is not an error or misconfiguration. Simply copy and paste the entire URL into your SCEP certificate device configuration profile as is. Intune in the background will convert this to a fully formed URL with a proper FQDN accessible from the public Internet. This variable is used because it allows Microsoft to use different resources dynamically according to geography and availability.

Additional Information

RFC 8894 – Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol

Microsoft Cloud PKI for Intune

Microsoft Cloud PKI for Intune and Active Directory

Microsoft Cloud PKI for Intune and Certificate Templates

Troubleshooting Intune Failed PKCS Request

Always On VPN administrators deploying on-premises enterprise PKI certificates using Microsoft Intune with PKCS may encounter a scenario where a certificate fails to be issued to a user or device. In this post, I’ll share some things to investigate when troubleshooting this issue.

Event 1001

To begin, open the Event Log and navigate to Applications and Services > Microsoft > Intune > CertificateConnectors > Admin. You will likely find an event ID 1001 from the CertificateConnectors source with the following error message.

Failed to process PKCS request.


Validate the following prerequisites have been met on the issuing Certification Authority (CA) server.

Certificate Template

Ensure the certificate template used for PKCS has the correct permissions and is published on an issuing CA server. Open the Certificate Templates management console (certtmpl.msc), right-click the certificate template, choose Properties, and then click on the Security tab. The certificate template must grant the Intune Certificate connector server’s computer account (or the PKCS connector’s service account if running as a service and not SYSTEM) the Read and Enroll permissions on the template.

CA Permissions

In addition to the permissions on the certificate template, ensure the correct permissions have been configured on the issuing CA itself. Right-click on the CA in the Certification Authority management console (certsrv.msc) and choose Security. Ensure the Intune Certificate connector server’s computer account (or the PKCS connector’s service account, if running as a service and not SYSTEM) is granted The Issue and Manage Certificates and Request Certificates permissions.

Intune Policy

Ensure the Intune device configuration policy is configured correctly. These three fields are critical and can result in failed PKCS certificate deployment if misconfigured.

Certification Authority

Enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the on-premises issuing CA server in this field.

Certification Authority Name

Enter the common name of the issuing CA in this field. You will find this information by running the following command on any domain-joined Windows system.

certutil.exe -dump

Certificate Template Name

Enter the name of the certificate template in Active Directory. Be aware that the template name and template display name are two different things. The template name is usually the template display name without spaces. However, that’s not a guarantee. On the General tab of the certificate template, look at the template name field on the certificate template to confirm.


This article is not a comprehensive troubleshooting guide for problems associated with failed PKCS certificate deployment using the Microsoft Intune Certificate connector and PKCS. However, it covers some of the more common problems administrators will likely encounter. If you cannot provision PKCS certificates correctly, drop me a note and I’ll provide further guidance.

Additional Information

Troubleshooting Failed Intune Certificate Connector Configuration – Part 1

Troubleshooting Failed Intune Certificate Connector Configuration – Part 2

Intune Certificate Connector Service Account and PKCS

Microsoft Intune Cloud PKI

Microsoft Intune Cloud PKI and Certificate Templates

Microsoft Intune Cloud PKI and Active Directory

Microsoft Intune Learning Resources for Always On VPN Administrators

Note: This post has been updated and republished to reflect the return to the Microsoft Intune product name and to include updated learning resources for Always On VPN administrators.

Microsoft Intune is the recommended solution for deploying and managing Windows Always On VPN client configuration settings. Always On VPN is designed for Mobile Device Management (MDM), with configuration settings deployed specifically to the VPNv2 Configuration Service Provider (CSP) interface.


Getting up to speed on all things MEM isn’t difficult at all. I’ve found the MEM community to be exceedingly helpful, and there are many available training resources in various formats from which to choose.


The following is a list of Microsoft Endpoint Manager books Always On VPN administrators will find most helpful for learning about MEM.


The Intune Training channel on YouTube is an incredibly valuable resource for Always On VPN administrators learning MEM. Hosted by Steven Hosking, Adam Gross, and Ben Reader, there are countless videos covering important MEM configuration tasks.


Pluralsight offers video training courses for a wide variety of IT-related topics. Recently I published the  Implementing Always On VPN video training course. There are several Microsoft Endpoint Manager video training courses available as well. Pluralsight is available via subscription. You can sign up for a free trial here if you don’t have a subscription.


The Midwest Management Summit (MMS) is the premier event for systems management professionals. Their annual conference takes place each spring in the U.S. (Minneapolis, MN). The event is the best place to learn about Microsoft Endpoint Manager and network with systems management professionals worldwide.

ViaMonstra Online Academy

I will be delivering the Mastering Certificates with Microsoft Intune training course at the ViaMonstra online training academy May 14-16, 2024. This three-day live, interactive training course provides a comprehensive deep dive into all aspects of deploying and managing digital certificates using Microsoft Intune. Microsoft Cloud PKI will also be covered. Space is limited, so register today!

Additional Resources

As a reminder, Microsoft Intune topics such as certificate deployment and Always On VPN profile deployment and management are covered in detail in both my Implementing Always On VPN book and the Implementing Always On VPN video training course on Pluralsight. 😁