Filter duplicate logon certificates

This policy settings lets you configure if all your valid logon certificates are displayed. During the certificate renewal period a user can have multiple valid logon certificates issued from the same certificate template. This can cause confusion as to which certificate to select for logon. The common case for this behavior is when a certificate is renewed and the old one has not yet expired. Two certificates are determined to be the same if they are issued from the same template with the same major version and they are for the same user (determined by their UPN). If there are two or more of the “same” certificate on a smart card and this policy is enabled then the certificate that is used for logon on Windows 2000 Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server will be shown otherwise the the certificate with the expiration time furthest in the future will be shown. Note: This setting will be applied after the following policy: “Allow time invalid certificates”If you enable or do not configure this policy setting filtering will take place. If you disable this policy setting no filtering will take place.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> SmartCardCredentialProvider # FilterDuplicateCerts

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Smart Card


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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