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Linux: kinit: Cannot contact any KDC for realm while getting initial credentials

The error “kinit: Cannot contact any KDC for realm while getting initial credentials” means that you are not resolving the name
There is probably one of two problems; 1) your configuration in /etc/krb5.conf is not correct 2) your computer is not resolving the domain controller.

KRB5_TRACE=/dev/stdout kinit username #May help you troubleshoot

In my case a simple “ping” of the domain controller directed me that my computer was not getting the name resolution for the domain controller.
Initial I hard coded the name in the /etc/hosts file to be able to get things working

Here is an example of a good krb5.conf file. (Please note that as of this writing capitalization is important):

ticket_lifetime = 24000
default_realm = YOURDOMAIN.LOCAL
default_tgs_entypes = rc4-hmac des-cbc-md5
default_tkt__enctypes = rc4-hmac des-cbc-md5
permitted_enctypes = rc4-hmac des-cbc-md5
dns_lookup_realm = true
dns_lookup_kdc = true
dns_fallback = yes

default_domain = YOURDOMAIN.LOCAL


pam = {
debug = false
ticket_lifetime = 36000
renew_lifetime = 36000
forwardable = true
krb4_convert = false

default = FILE:/var/log/krb5libs.log
kdc = FILE:/var/log/krb5kdc.log
admin_server = FILE:/var/log/kadmind.log