Maintaining Unix Attributes in AD using ADUC

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Introduction

In the following we describe how to set/edit the RFC2307 attributes used by idmap_ad. This requires to have NIS extensions installed in your AD. To administer the UNIX attributes via the Windows GUI you should install the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), if not already installed and enable the advanced view ("View" / "Advanced features"). Modifications on user and group objects will be done by the Domain Administrator, if you haven't set any delegations.



Setting attributes on an user account

  • Open ADUC.
  • Right-click to a user account and choose properties.
  • Navigate to the "UNIX Attributes" tab.
Note: If you don't see this tab, you haven't installed the RSAT function "Server for NIS Tools".
  • The other fields are not enabled until the "NIS Domain" is chosen. Fill the values as required.
Hint: You can only choose a primary group that has had Unix attributes defined!
ADUC UNIX Attributes User.png
  • Click "OK" to save your changes.



Setting attributes on a group

  • Open ADUC.
  • Right-click to a group and choose properties.
  • Navigate to the "UNIX Attributes" tab.
Note: If the tab isn't visible, you haven't installed the RSAT function "Server for NIS Tools".
  • The other fields are not enabled until the "NIS Domain" is chosen, fill the values as required.
Hint: It's not required to add users to the group in this tab! Winbind retrieves the account membership from the Windows groups (see "Member Of"-tab).
ADUC UNIX Attributes Groups.png
  • Click "OK" to save your changes.



Setting attributes on a computer account

You need to set the uidNumber attribute to access samba shares on a domain with the Windows machine network account.

  • Open ADUC.
  • Right-click to a computer account and choose properties.
  • Navigate to the "Attribute Editor" tab.
Note: If you don't see this tab, you haven't installed the RSAT function "Server for NIS Tools".
  • Scroll down to the "uidNumber" attribute, select it, click edit, enter a value, click "OK"
Note: Ensure that you enter a unique value.
  • Click "OK" to save your changes.

Defining the next UID/GID number to use

Every time a UID/GID number is assigned using Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC), the next UID/GID number is stored inside the Active Directory. By default, ADUC starts assigning UID and GID numbers at 10000.

If you setup a new Samba AD and want to use a different start value, you will need to add the counting attributes before using ADUC for the first time:

# ldbedit -H /usr/local/samba/private/sam.ldb -b \
  CN=samdom,CN=ypservers,CN=ypServ30,CN=RpcServices,CN=System,DC=samdom,DC=example,DC=com
msSFU30MaxUidNumber: 10000
msSFU30MaxGidNumber: 10000

With the same command you can change the values. E. g. if you require to start UID numbers at 20000 and GIDs at 50000, adapt the values to your requirements:

msSFU30MaxUidNumber: 20000
msSFU30MaxGidNumber: 50000