Kerberos is a computer network authentication protocol using symmetric key cryptography. Instead of traditional user IDs and passwords, the application server and client exchange encrypted service tickets with a limited lifetime provided by the Kerberos Key Distribution Center (KDC). In addition, Kerberos supports mutual authentication, meaning that the client can also validate the server's identity.

This chapter lists the pre-requisites for using Kerberos authentication for a Data Virtuality Server instance and gives detailed information on configuring the Server itself and JDBC and ODBC clients.