A PXE enabled Distribution Point that uses a self-signed certificate will generate many files in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager


A PXE enabled Distribution Point will generate a number of files under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\S-1-5-18 for each PXE request that it services on the network.  This occurs whether the device sending the PXE request has a Task Sequence deployed to it or not.   The generation of files will continue and may consume available hard disk space.


This occurs whenever a self-signed certificate is used for the Distribution Point (DP).


To work around this problem, request a CA issued certificate for the PXE enabled DP and specify the PFX file under the properties of the DP.  Step-by-step instructions on how to do create the PFX file are available in theDeploying the Client Certificate for Distribution Points section of http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/230dfec0-bddb-4429-a5db-30020e881f1e#BKMK_clientdistributionpoint2008_cm2012.

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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.