Configuring Kerberos for Oracle Databases 11.2 with win2008R2 AD

In this blog entry I try to document how to enable Kerberos. This procedure was actually created and followed during a project at one of my customers.

The Infrastructure

– windows 2008R2 server
– domain :
– Kerberos installed and enabled
– DES encryption default disabled

Server :
– database : crater
– version :

– windows 7 enterprise edition
– client

The Procedure

  • On the AD server
    • Create a service account in Active Directory for the database server moon to validate the Kerberos tickets with. This user does not need any specific rights but enable “password never expires”. We called this account “ssoval”
    • ensure that you deselect Setup option “Use DES Encryption” and select option “Do not require Kerberos PreAuthentication” for this user
    • Make sure that the SPN is set to the correct realm
      setspn -A oracle/ ssoval
      (oracle is just the name of the service, we reuse this name in the kerberos config to point here. This has no connection to service_names of the database.)
    • Extract a keytab file for this user so we don’t need to enter password to create tickets
      ktpass -princ oracle/ -crypto all -pass ssoval -mapuser ssoval -out v5srvtab
    • Put this file on the database server. I’ve put it in /etc/v5srvtab
  • On the Database Server “moon”
    • Make sure Advanced Security Option is installed, this is a paying option on top of Enterprise Edition.
    • Generate a kerberos ticket, this will be used for connection to the kerberos server for ticket validation
      $ORACLE_HOME/jdk/bin/kinit -k -t /etc/v5srvtab oracle/
      ( You might want to create a crontab job for this so that you always have a valid ticket )
    • Adjust the sqlnet.ora
    • Create the /etc/krb5.conf file
      default_realm = MILKYWAY.SPACE.COM
      kdc = DC1.MILKYWAY.SPACE.COM:88
      kdc = DC2.MILKYWAY.SPACE.COM:88
  • On the Database “crater”
      SQL> alter system set OS_AUTHENT_PREFIX=’’ scope=spfile;
    • Disable remote_os_authent
      SQL> alter system set remote_os_authent=false;
    • restart the database
  • On the Windows Clients
    • Make sure ASO is installed.
    • Adjust the sqlnet.ora
      SQLNET.KERBEROS5_CONF =c:\kerberos\krb5.conf
      This last line is important for windows clients because this reuses the already generated tickets available on the system as a result of your AD login. Hence it enables the SSO login. Keep in mind that the Oracle tool okinit will fail with OSD error if this cache is set when you try to get manual tickets.
    • Create the c:\kerberos\krb5.conf file identical as on the server except for the port numbers
      default_realm = MILKYWAY.SPACE.COM
    • Make sure the file services in directory c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc has “kerberos5” in the list as first entry
      kerberos 88/tcp kerberos5 krb5 kerberos-sec #Kerberos
      kerberos 88/udp kerberos5 krb5 kerberos-sec #Kerberos

Now you are ready to use Kerberos Authentication.

Example for an user “Bjorn”

  • Create an user Bjorn on the AD server in domain MILKYWAY.SPACE.COM
    Ensure that you :

    • deselect Setup option “Use DES Encryption”
    • select option “Do not require Kerberos PreAuthentication”

    The username is case sensitive, so make sure you have the correct case.

  • Create an user Bjorn on the database crater
    SQL> grant create session to BJORN;
  • Login to the windows desktop and connect to the database over TNS for example :
    C:\> sqlplus /@crater

    SQL> show user
    USER is "BJORN"

    SQL> select sys_context('userenv ', 'session_user') from dual;

    SQL> select sys_context('userenv','external_name') from dual;


  • KDC has no support for encryption type : pre-11gR2 only supports DES encryption. The company where I performed this setup, did not want to enable this legacy protocol ( and rightly so ), so only connections with 11.2 and higher clients to 11.2 and higher databases will work in this setup.
  • Cannot find KDC for requested realm : Make sure your services file is correctly formatted and kerberos5 is the first protocol in the list for port 88

Special thanks to antonio mata gomez from Oracle Belgium for support in this project


News from Oracle Open World 2012

I’m just back from OOW and the following is a small summary of the items that were hot and new.

Clusterware 12c announced for 2013

  • Flexasm : ASM no longer needs to be on the same node as the database. Allows for HA on ASM level.
  • Flexcluster : Clusterware now has a lightweight mode in the installer for application/middletier setups. You can combine these with the normal clusterware mode to form 1 big cluster. ( hub nodes and leaf nodes )
  • You can now create a Scan vip for each public network.
  • gsd service is removed because there is no support for 9i databases on clusterware 12c.
  • Shared GNS : You can now have a shared GNS over multiple clusters.

Database 12c announced for 2013

  • RAC Application Continuity : First ever database to preserve commit outcome and ensure application continuity during unplanned downtime.
  • Pluggable Databases : Databases can now be plugged in a container. Consolidating the background processes, redo and undo.
  • Xstream : A GUI on streams apply/capture processes is further enhanced but only available when you have Golden Gate license.
  • dbua : now has backup/restore and moving database files during upgrade built in.
  • dbua : Gathering statistics is now optional.
  • dbua : Now runs the upgrade scripts in parallel mode. Speeding up the whole process.
  • smart flash : Can use SSD’s as extention of Buffer Cache.
  • RMAN : can now do recover table
  • RMAN : Standby databases can now use RMAN to apply an incremental backup automatically ( Recover database from for standby )
  • RMAN : Now automatically converts datafiles from 1 platform to the other. ( big-little endian )
  • dbconsole is renamed to “EM Express” and now runs from inside the database.
  • Many more new features but I concentrated on virtualization and linux during OOW while my colleague did 12c.

OVM 3.2.1 in public beta

  • Support for mySQL databases as repository for the OVM Manager
  • OVM Manager now supports OVM on SPARC
  • Statistics of OVM Servers now available in OVM Manager ( Health tab)
  • Minor GUI changes and fixes
  • UEK2 kernel in dom0 for driver compatibility with Oracle Linux
  • OVM CLI now integrated and further enhanced
  • next Beta refresh will contain open Vswitch
  • OVM is now integrated in ODA and Exalogic, but each node has a local OVM cluster. No HA.

Oracle Linux

  • ksplice : allows for kernel upgrades without downtime
  • yum security updates : Now possible to apply only security updates to your system using yum
  • Dtrace : Solaris utility that was ported to Oracle Linux.
  • BTRFS : ZFS-like filesystem for Linux.
  • UEK3 is coming
  • SELinux profiles for every oracle product will be provided in the future
  • Linux Containers : Allows for isolation of applications while maintaining 1 OS.
  • support for swapfile over NFS
  • cgroups : Allows for limiting CPU,IO and memory on process level.

Acquisition of Xsigo was announced

  • Allows for virtualizing of network layer.
  • Will be integrated in OVM Manager in future releases.

    • I’ll try to focus on some of these new things in later Blogposts. As always if you have some questions, feel free to contact me or comment.