This post talk a little about the Negotiate security support provider (SSP) and how there are times when it will intentionally use NTLM rather than Kerberos. In a properly configured and functioning domain when SSP Negotiate is utilized and the client application resides on the target server to be accessed, SSP Negotiate will choose NTLM instead of Kerberos. Microsoft Negotiate acts as an application layer between Security Support Provider Interface (SSPI) and the other SSPs. When an application calls into SSPI to log on to a network, it can specify an SSP to process the request. If the application specifies Negotiate, Negotiate analyzes the request and picks the best SSP to handle the request based on customer-configured security policy.