Error when starting Multipoint Manager on Windows Server 2016

Applies to: Windows Server 2016


When you try to start Multipoint Manager on Windows Server 2016, you may receive the following error message:
When this issue occurs, MultiPoint Dashboard does not load.
Additionally, you may notice the following text in Microsoft-Windows-WMS/Trace event logs, which are located in Event Viewer under Application and Service Logs\Microsoft\Windows\wms:


MultiPoint uses a web service endpoint that has SSL secured by using a self-signed certificate. When the certificate is near expiration, MultiPoint generates a new certificate to replace the old certificate. When this happens, the endpoint encounters an issue, and security negotiation fails on the MultiPoint web service SSL endpoint.


To resolve this issue, run the followingPowerShell command, or manually delete the certificate.

Method 1: Run the following PowerShell command from an elevated command prompt:

net stop wms; $hostname = (Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_ComputerSystem -Property Name).Name; Get-ChildItem -Path 'Cert:\localmachine\MultiPoint Services Certificates\' | ForEach-Object {if ($_.Subject -like ('*'+$hostname+'*')) {Write-Host ('Removing '+$_.Thumbprint); Remove-Item -Path ('Cert:\localmachine\MultiPoint Services Certificates\'+$_.Thumbprint)}}; net start wms

Method 2: Manually delete the certificate. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Find the local host name. To do this, you can run the command hostname from a command prompt.
  2. Open an elevated Command Prompt window and run net stop wms.
  3. Run mmc.exe.
  4. Press Ctrl+M to add a new snap-in.
  5. From the list of available snap-ins on the left side, select Certificates to add it to the list. Choose Computer account from among the three options, and then choose Local computer: (the computer this console is running on).
  6. Find MultiPoint Services Certificates in the list of certificates for the local computer, and then delete all the certificates for which Issued By is the local host name.
  7. Run net start wms in the Command Prompt window. When the MultiPoint service starts, it will create a new certificate.