Kerberos: A Practical Overview of Principals and Keytabs

Kerb Your Enthusiasm - What is this all about? Despite the readily available documentation on Kerberos, I’ve found that many people are still confused about kerberos concepts such as keytabs, principals and tickets. The issue is compounded by the fact that there are also terms outside of the protocol specification that get thrown around such as “headless keytabs”. There have already been excellent posts written on this topic, such as this one, and I acknowledge that I may be covering some of the same material.