Kerberos Configuration

This tab allows you to configure the Data Catalog to use Kerberos to authenticate the users with Virtual DataPort by using Single Sign On (SSO), which means that the Data Catalog users will not have to provide their credentials.

Before configuring Kerberos in the Data Catalog, you need to configure the Kerberos authentication in the Virtual DataPort servers to which the Data Catalog is going to authenticate its users. To do that, follow the instructions of the postinstallation task Setting-up Kerberos Authentication in the Data Catalog of the Installation Guide and then, the instructions of the section Kerberos Authentication of the Virtual DataPort Administration Guide.

Finally, set-up the Kerberos authentication in the Data Catalog. In the wizard to do it (see figure below), provide the following details:

Kerberos configuration dialog

Kerberos configuration dialog

  1. Select Use Kerberos.

  2. In the box Server Principal enter the “Service Principal Name” (SPN) used to create the keytab file. That is, the SPN with the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of the server where the Data Catalog is running. For example, “HTTP/”.

  3. In the box Keytab file enter the path to the keytab file.

  4. Leave the Kerberos configuration file box empty unless the host where this Data Catalog runs does not belong to a Kerberos realm (e.g. a Windows Active Directory domain). If this host does not belong to a Kerberos realm, do one of the following:

    1. Enter the path to the krb5.conf or krb5.ini file with the Kerberos settings.
    2. Or follow the steps described in the appendix Using Kerberos Authentication in Virtual DataPort Without Joining a Kerberos Realm of the Installation Guide.
  5. We recommend selecting the check box Activate Kerberos debug mode the first time you set up Kerberos in case you run into any issues. Once Kerberos has been set up, disable this.

    When this option is enabled, check the appendix How to Debug Kerberos in Web Applications of the Installation Guide to learn how to see the debug information.

  6. Restart the Data Catalog so these changes take effect.

After these changes, when the users go to the Data Catalog, they will be logged in automatically - without entering their credentials - because the browser will send the Kerberos credentials of their system. In order for this to work, they need to access using the full qualified URL (FQDN) configured in step 2. For example,

If you configured the Data Catalog to be able to connect to more than one Virtual DataPort server, users will not be logged in automatically. They will have to select first the Virtual DataPort server they want to connect but not provide their credentials (see screenshot below).

Authentication dialog with Single Sign-On

Authentication dialog with Single Sign-On


If there are errors in the Kerberos configuration and as a result, users cannot log in, go to You will be able to log in with your user/password so you can modify the Kerberos settings.