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SPN - If HTTP, do I need to add all these URL's?

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I have a 2 node 2003 cluster of IIS6 and this web application.  The cluster is built, but I get periodic reports that authentication is not working.  So I send them to the server name rather than the VIP name and all is well.  

After some research, I find that I need to run setspn and add in all the URL's for this web app.  I think this is true, but I find that the Metadata.xml file is forcing them to use NTLM.  I thought that the SPN's are only to be set for all URL's if kerberos was the authentication type.

Please help me, we are having an office discussion about this and I am being told that I do not need this.

If this is not it, how can I troubleshoot the fact that IE is not passing the credentials always when using the VIP address rather than the URL to an individual server.

Thanks,
Stowy

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by:raterus
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SPN's are only needed if your users are accessing the webserver using a fully qualified domain name

e.g.
http://intranet.mydomain.com

And yes, they work with Keberos authentication.  The authentication will try Keberos first, and if that fails, will resort to NTLM.

You also need a checkbox in IE checked "Enabled Integrated Windows Authentication", or it definitely won't use Keberos!
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by:stowyo
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So my question is this..   So I need to enter in ALL URL's that the users enter with this setspn tool?
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by:raterus
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Only if they are fully qualified, but yes, if they are fully qualified, and you hope to use integrated windows authentication with it, you have to enter them.

Got the syntax of the command down?
setspn -a HOST/intranet.mydomain.com MYWEBSERVERNAME
setspn -a HTTP/intranet.mydomain.com MYWEBSERVERNAME



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by:stowyo
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when I do the setspn -l servername command, it should list all the URL's if they were entered correctly, right?
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yes, you should see something spit out like I posted last.
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Thank you!
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