Repackaging Kerberos for Windows 2.6.2

Atticus O Gifford atticus at MIT.EDU
Thu Jul 8 23:18:59 EDT 2004

I don't speak for the Kerberos Development team at all, but I subscribe to the
list.  I'm on the MIT Software Release Team and we have repackaged KfW 2.6.3 as
an MSI.  The current version has a few flaws that have carried over from an
older installer, but I think we would be able to send you a copy of the MSI at
least (depending on any issues regarding binary distribution).  We are also
recreating the installer from the ground up to get rid of the legacy problems
stemming from the current design, hopefully to be released before the fall. 
I'd also be happy to share my knowledge in that regard with you if it would


Quoting Angelo Torres <angelo at>:

> Hello.
> I am attempting to deploy Kerberos for Windows 2.6.2 to several labs of
> Windows XP workstations (Just under 100 workstations total). I have tried
> to repackage KFW into an .msi but have had unsatisfactory results. We
> deployed this .msi to 28 machines and verified that they could log into
> our Kerberos Realm, however, within a day, 8 machines were unable to
> properly authenticate. By repairing the KFW .msi the issue was temporarily
> fixed, but we were in the situation of requiring an administrator to
> repair the KFW .msi on up to 10 computers at the start of each class. This
> scenario continued for 3 days until we finally decided to scrap the
> package and just install KFW manually (We had probably performed well over
> 150 repair-installations for those 28 machines by that time). I should
> mention that performing a manual install using the same configuration
> options we selected during repackaging produces a KFW installation that
> works fine. After a week of observing the problem I suspect that the KFW
> installation somehow depends on the settings of the machine it was
> installed on and these settings are improperly carried over in the
> repackaging process.
> I wanted to ask if anyone is aware of a successful repackaging attempt of
> KFW (2.6.2 or 2.6.3)? Are there any common pitfalls to attempting a
> snapshot repackaging? What is the recommended method of deploying KFW? (I
> would prefer a .msi/.mst solution, but a .zap or batch file would be an
> improvement to a manual install of all our workstations)
> Cheers,
> Angelo Torres
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