Samba AD DC Troubleshooting

Revision as of 23:41, 5 July 2014 by Mmuehlfeld (talk | contribs) (Adding some more topics to troubleshoot a Samba AD DC.)

Making sure samba is running

Use the following command to check if Samba is running:

# ps axf | egrep "samba|smbd|nmbd|winbindd"

The output should look like the following:

 1577 ?        Ss     0:00 samba
 1578 ?        S      0:00  \_ samba
 1581 ?        Ss     0:00  |   \_ /usr/local/samba/sbin/smbd -D --option=server role check:inhibit=yes --foreground
 1594 ?        S      0:00  |       \_ /usr/local/samba/sbin/smbd -D --option=server role check:inhibit=yes --foreground
 1579 ?        S      0:00  \_ samba
 1580 ?        S      0:00  \_ samba
 1582 ?        S      0:00  \_ samba

„samba“ or child processes don't start

Check out the Samba port usage for a Domain Controller documentation and compare it with the output of

# netstat -tulpn | egrep "samba|smbd|nmbd|winbind"

If Samba isn't listening on all ports it should, check your Samba logs for further debugging.

Samba Internal DNS doesn't start

The Samba logfile shows

[2014/07/05 22:46:07.334864,  0] ../source4/smbd/service_stream.c:346(stream_setup_socket)

Make sure, that no other service is listening on port 53/udp and 53/tcp. Typically for this kind of problem is, that e. g. Dnsmask or a different DNS server is listening on this port. Check by using

# netstat -tulpn | grep ":53"

It should return only „samba“ processes, bound to this port, if using the Internal DNS.

kinit/klist don't exist on your system

See OS Requirements.


Some thoughts on SELinux and discretionary access control permissions that can prevent login using AD users are on the Samba AD DC Access Control Settings page.

Installing Python 2.6.5 for Samba

If you encouter issues with your distribution version of Python, you can install Python 2.6.5 from this install script, included with the tarball or git files:

sh /usr/local/samba  --enable-debug --enable-selftest

You will also need to add export PATH=/usr/local/samba/python/bin:/usr/local/samba/bin:/usr/local/samba/sbin:$PATH to the end of your ~/.bashrc file before things will work properly.

Checking the logs

If you installed Samba from source and didn't specify a prefix during configure, your logs should be located in /usr/local/samba/var/, unless you have specified a log file = directive in your smb.conf. This can be checked by using either testparm -v (for the samba 3.X series) or samba-tool testparm -v (for the samba 4.X series), this will provide a lot of output so you can also add a | grep "log file"

Sometimes the log file will not have the info you need, so you will need to turn up the amount of logging that needs done but adding the following line to your smb.conf in the [global] section:

log level = 3

by default samba only logs at level 0, so start low and turn it up slowly, you will want to restart samba after making this change.

  • Note: If you add grep to the command it will silently prompt you to press enter.