If your Kerberos service doesn't renew when you remove localhost.plist on macOS Server

Removing the localhost.plist file might prevent you from connecting to some Wi-Fi networks.

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Some third-party image creation tools, applications, and troubleshooting methods delete the localhost file located at /var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/computers/localhost.plist.

If you delete this file, the KerberosServices section of the plist will be empty after macOS automatically creates a new localhost.plist file. When your KerberosServices section is empty, clients bound to a directory system can't create Kerberos principals. Any Mac bound to your directory might not be able to connect to related 802.1x Wi-Fi networks.

If this file has been removed on your Mac, use the terminal command below to recreate the kerberosServices section of the plist:

sudo dscl . -create Computers/localhost kerberosServices host afpserver cifs vnc

You don't need to rebind to your Kerberos directory after performing this step.

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