Overview#Key Distribution Center is a Kerberos service provide supplies session tickets and temporary Session Keys
The Key Distribution Center contains three components :
- Authentication Service - authenticate users and Service Providers
- Ticket Granting Service - distribute tickets based on the information stored in its Kerberos Database
- Kerberos Database- Often a LDAP Server
A Key Distribution Center can be associated to only one Kerberos Realm.
Key Distribution Center and Microsoft Active Directory#Kerberos Key Distribution Center (KDC) is a network service that supplies session tickets and temporary session keys to users and computers within an Active Directory domain. The KDC runs on every Domain Controller as part of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).
The Security Account Manager (SAM) database on the Windows Client is used to authenticate requests from the Key Distribution Center. The SAM database MUST be available for the Kerberos client authentication request to succeed.