"User authentication failed during a refresh"

  • 7012747
  • 01-Jul-2013
  • 15-Nov-2018


Novell ZENworks Configuration Management 11.2
Novell ZENworks Configuration Management 11.3
Novell ZENworks Configuration Management 11.4



"User authentication failed during a refresh.
User applications will not be available.
This may occur if the user's password is changed or
if the user is deleted from the user source".

ERROR (zmd-messages.log on workstation):

[DEBUG] [07/01/2013 09:23:40.671] [356] [ZenworksWindowsService] [52] [Administrator] [RegistrationManager] [] [registerUser returned -34] [] []

ERROR (services-messages.log on primary):

[Registration Web Service] [43] [] [User authentication failed.] [] []


This error happens when the user logs in (casa) to an authentication server and presents the token to a different configuration primary which is not in time synch with the authentication server.   The authentication succeeds but the configuration server rejects the casa token.

  1. Confirm that all authentication primaries and satellites can authenticate users.  Micro Focus customer care can provide casatester tool for this.
    (make a test configuration for closest server one by one or use casatester to test explicitly (request casaTester.exe from ZENworks Technical Support).  If any server fails to authenticate, troubleshoot the CasaAuthToken service on the primary by inspecting ats.log and ats.trace in zenworks_home\logs directory.
  2. Confirm that all authentication servers are in time sync with all configuration primary servers and devices.
    A configuration primary will reject a token that has expired due to time difference between the authentication server and configuration server.
  3. Restart ZENworks services on all configuration primary servers.
  4. Confirm server roles.  See KB 7012747.
  5. It may be necessary to reconfigure the authentication satellite with zac asr -t all