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SPN Disappear after creation

Posted on 2012-03-23
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I have a network with 2 x Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Servers with AD replication between them.  I removed 2 x Windows 2000 DC's from the network (one of which was a print server) and moved the printers to one of the 2008 servers.  I created a CNAME Alias for the old server and modified the registry to DisableStrict Name Checking and Enable DnsOnWire.  

I created two spn records on the new printserver:
setspn -A HOST/alias newserver
setspn -A HOST/alias.domin newserver

Everything works as expected.  After some random time, both spn records disappear from the server and I can no longer access the printserver using the old computer name.  If I recreate the above SPN's, then I can access the server using the old computer name and all of the printers that pointed to the old server work.

Any Ideas as to why the spn's are disappearing?

Thanks...
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Question by:visualappz
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by:compdigit44
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I know when you add an SPN manually it's usually in the following format..

setspn -A HOST/serverA.domin.com newserver serverA

I know you are using a CNAME record and your new servers are set to repond to request to the old server name.. Have you tried to register the SPN as follows..

setspn -A HOST/alias.domin alias    ???
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visualappz earned 0 total points
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Yes, they still get deleted after about 10 minutes.  I may have found another solution to the problem without using spn records.  I am waiting on customer feedback to see if what I have done fixes the issue.

If it does, I will post the url of the page that I used to solve the problem so that someone else may find it usefull.
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by:visualappz
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I found some KB articles that gave some registry keys that could be added to allow access without necessarily having to create the SPN's.

Registry Keys were:
HKLM\System\Current Control Set\Control\LSA\DisableLoopbackCheck
or
HKLM\System\Current Control Set\Control\LSA\MSV1_0\BackConnectionHostNames
Microsoft KB Article:  926642
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by:newgentechnologies
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I had this issue as well. I found that a

setspn -a HOST/Alias servername

manual entry would disappear after a few minutes

Oddly

setspn -a cifs/alias servername

entry did not disappear...
The SPN for HOST will not stay registered if it conflicts with an existing entry...
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