A Service Principal Name (SPN) is a unique identifier of a service instance. It is used to link an AD object (service accounts, users, computers etc.) with a service. It can be used as an alternative to a port scan in an Active Directory environment. Some common SPNs are:
A comprehensive list of SPNs is available here
How to scan for SPN using ADSI?
In Part 2 of this series we covered how to use filters with ADSI Searcher class. We can use the filter property to search an Active Directory for a particular SPN:
$adsiSearcherObj.Filter = “serviceprincipalname=<spn>”
Using the SPN list above and a bit of Powershell scripting, we can automate this task to search for a vast range of SPNs. The video below demonstrates this and the PowerShell script could be found here
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