I am such a NOOB hobby-ing away. And I like it.
I figured I would give it a try to setup Kafka to use the sasl.enabled.mechanisms of type PLAIN with ranger to do the authorisation and the auditing (instead of GSSAPI).
I got it to work pretty far. KafkaServer gets into state SaslAuthenticated with Zookeeper.
Next it loads the ranger kafka plugin. Then the RangerKafkaAuthorizer complains about Kerberos.
I then updated the CLASSPATH and it complains about something else.
I am not sure how to classify this issue.