SCCM Kerberos Error 4

Recently it came to my attention that our SCCM servers were bringing up the following error for many of our workstations,

Log Name: System
Source: Security-Kerberos
Event ID: 4
Level: Error
The Kerberos client received a KRB_AP_ERR_MODIFIED error from the server computer1$. The target name used was cifs/ This indicates that the target server failed to decrypt the ticket provided by the client. This can occur when the target server principal name (SPN) is registered on an account other than the account the target service is using. Ensure that the target SPN is only registered on the account used by the server. This error can also happen if the target service account password is different than what is configured on the Kerberos Key Distribution Center for that target service. Ensure that the service on the server and the KDC are both configured to use the same password. If the server name is not fully qualified, and the target domain ( is different from the client domain (, check if there are identically named server accounts in these two domains, or use the fully-qualified name to identify the server.

I did find the following posts online,
Event ID 4 — Kerberos Client Configuration which suggests deleting the offending computer object and recreating a new one (to summarise). Very good advice but did not resolve my issue.

Kerberos and SPN problems which suggested to install SPN records for the SQL server and follow up posts that this did not work and that it is a DNS reverse look up issue.

This post got me thinking. I checked my DNS reverse look up zones and they were all there from what I could see. Next I thought, I wonder what computer1 and computer2 resolved to in DNS. Bingo both of these machines responded on the same IP address meaning that when SCCM does its reverse look up for the computer1 it returns with the name of computer2 (I still have no idea why SCCM is doing this reverse lookup). The cause of this issue is not that we have two computers with the same IP address out there but there are two records in DNS for the same IP on with two different names. This was due to our DHCP lease times being much shorter than our DNS scavenging times. To resolve the issue we increased out DHCP leases to 8 days and our scavenging to 5-10 days.

If you want to see some instructions on setting up a reverse lookup zone in DNS check out this guide from Tom’s Hardware Create Reverse Primary DNS Zone in Windows Server 2012

If you want to see some instructions on setting up DNS scavenging settings check out this guide Don’t be afraid of DNS Scavenging. Just be patient.

If you want to see some instructions on where to change DHCP lease time check out these very basic instructions (sorry best I could find without being too wordy) How do I change the DHCP address lease time in Windows 2000?