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Updating a server’s security group membership without rebooting

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At TEC I had a conversation with someone asking me how they could flush the Kerberos tickets of a computer account without rebooting. In the past they used some trick which launched a task in the Local System context and executed “klist –purge” but that didn’t seem to work no longer for 2008 (R2?).

There is actually something which is much easier: you can execute “klist –li 0x3e7” to target the logon session of the computer account.


And if you want to purge them, just execute “klist –li 0x3e7 purge”.


This will work on any system, client or server, regardless the OS version. The 0x3e7 is an identifier which always points to the computer account logon session. Using logonsessions.exe from the Sysinternals tools, you can actually try to find out id’s for other active sessions. You could use this to get the session id of a service account, and then retrieve it’s current Kerberos tickets. Cool eh! Besides using logonsessions.exe, you can also try to find these IDs in the security event log.

Flushing the Kerberos tickets of a computer can be useful if you want to force the computer having the latest group membership in its token. This way your newly configured GPO’s (with security filtering based on a group) will be applied immediately (after running gpupdate).

Source: http://setspn.blogspot.com.es/2010/10/updating-servers-security-group.html


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