How can I install or enable the ktpass.exe utility on a Windows 7 workstation?

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Unfortunately the answer is that keytabs for Kerberos cannot be generated on Windows 7. It must be generated using the ktpass utility on a Windows Server OS.

The Keytab must be generated on either a member server or a domain controller of the Active Directory domain using the ktpass.exe command. Use the Windows Server built-in utility ktpass.exe to create the keytab. The ktpass command must be run on either a member server or a domain controller of the Active Directory domain. Further, Keytabs must be created on a Windows Server operating system such as Windows Server 2008, 2012, or 2016. Keytabs cannot be created on a workstation operating system, such as Windows 7, 8 or Windows 10

  • From the official Microsoft Docs.

Reference: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/36470.kerberos-keytabs-explained.aspx

EDIT: A potential workaround may be to install a linux vm and use ktutil

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    I've verified that using a linux (ubuntu in my case) WSL on Windows 10. The packages seem to be "apt install krb5-config" "apt install krb5-user" (don't quote me, im not a linux guru). You have to get the file "/etc/krb5.conf" (on the wsl) correct. Running this ON WINDOWS gave me a magic value "gpresult /V" and then Find this: "Group Policy was applied from:" I then had to ping the "applied from" value, and put that IP address in my krb5.conf. Here is a small example stackoverflow.com/questions/53290348/… Mar 23, 2020 at 11:43

I believe this only applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 according to Technet.

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