This article was previously published under Q261196
On a Windows 2000 domain controller or on a Windows Server 2003 domain controller, the following event may be logged in the system log:
Event Type: Warning Event Source: Schannel Event Category: None Event ID: 36872 Date: Date Time: Time User: N/A Computer: computername Description: No suitable default server credential exists on this system. This will prevent server applications that expect to make use of the system default credentials from accepting SSL connections. An example of such an application is the directory server. Applications that manage their own credentials, such as the internet information server, are not affected by this.
This event is logged when a server application (for example, Active Directory) attempts to perform a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection, but no server certificate is found. Server certificates are either enrolled for by hand or are automatically generated by the domain's enterprise Certificate Authority (CA). In domains where no enterprise CA exists, this is an expected event and you can safely ignore the message.