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Enable Kerberos authentication for virtual servers

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To enable Kerberos authentication for virtual servers

  1. Open Cluster Administrator.

  2. In the console tree, click the Groups folder.

  3. Select the appropriate virtual server.

  4. In the details pane, click the Network Name resource for that virtual server.

  5. On the File menu, click Take Offline.

  6. On the File menu, click Properties.

  7. On the Parameters tab, select Enable Kerberos Authentication, and then click OK.

  8. In the details pane, click the Network Name resource for that virtual server.

  9. On the File menu, click Bring Online.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open Cluster Administrator, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Cluster Administrator.

  • Do not rename a Network Name resource and change the Kerberos authentication setting at the same time. Instead, allow time for changes to replicate after performing each action. Otherwise, clients might not be able to connect to the virtual server that uses the Network Name resource.

  • If you enable Kerberos authentication for a virtual server's Network Name resource, make sure that the Cluster service account has appropriate rights to the computer object associated with that Network Name resource. For more information, see Related Topics.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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