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Re: How to setup PostgreSQL using Windows Authentication?

From: Christian Ullrich <chris(at)chrullrich(dot)net>
To: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: How to setup PostgreSQL using Windows Authentication?
Date: 2012-06-16 12:36:02
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Lists: pgsql-admin
* Peter Cheung wrote:

>  I’m new to PostgreSQL.   I installed PostgreSQL on a Windows Server 2008
> R2 server.   I have created a database and an user in Windows Active
> Directory.  How can I configure that user to access that database?

The one-click installer (assuming you used that) left you with 
PostgreSQL running under a local account named "postgres". First, you 
have to change that, because SSPI requires that the service uses a 
domain account:

1. Create a user account in your domain.
2. Change the ownership of the data directory and everything within it
    to the new account, and grant it full control.
3. Change the service log on credentials so the service uses your
    domain account.
4. Start the service to see if everything works. Try logging on as
    before, create a database, drop some tables, call pg_switch_xlog().
    If you can log on at all, just about anything that goes wrong later
    indicates missing permissions on the data files.

Now, you have to tell Active Directory that your service account is 
running the database. For that, you add a Service Principal Name to your 
service account. You can do that with a command line tool named 
setspn.exe, of which I cannot remember the command line. You can also 
just change the attribute (servicePrincipalName) directly using either 
the "Users and Computers" MMC, or whatever 2008R2's replacement for that 
is, or ADSIedit. Anyway, your new SPN is


In my experience (which may be incomplete), you also have to make sure 
that all your clients use the full host name, because otherwise they may 
not get service tickets. Adding a second SPN with just the host name 
without the domain may help with that, but using the full name is better 

The last step is to allow SSPI logon to the database. For that, you need 
to create some login roles that have the same name as your domain users, 
and an entry in pg_hba.conf with authentication method "sspi". Remember 
that only the first entry in pg_hba.conf that matches database, client 
address, and claimed user name is used.


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