Configuring SharePoint 2013 Central Administration with Kerberos authentication

When you install your first SharePoint 2013 (or 2010) server the first thing that the Configuration Wizard asks you is the authentication method of the SharePoint Central Administration Web Site. It offers you two options to choose from, NTLM and Kerberos. The experienced administrator in you says that kerberos one of course because it’s the more secure and modern one, right? The wizard warns you that there might be more configuration to do, but you continue anyway. The wizard completes successfully and you head on to the Central Administration Web Site, but it won’t open claiming that you don’t have permissions to it. What’s that all about, you ask? Well, that’s the topic of this post so read on… Continue reading

Changing the product key of Windows from MAK to KMS with a PowerShell script

This article explains the basic steps to change the product key of an already installed Windows system with a PowerShell script. This becomes a matter of interest for example when you plan to deploy a Key Management Service (KMS) on your network. KMS activates Microsoft products on-premises without the need to go all the way over the public internet to Microsoft server. Continue reading