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= Introduction =
 
= Introduction =
  
Since version 4.0, Samba can, additionally to a NT4 PDC, act as a Domain Controller that is compatible with Microsoft Active Directory. In the following, we explain how to set up Samba as an Active Directory Domain Controller from scratch. In addition, this documentation is the start for upgrading an existing Samba NT4-style domain to a Samba AD.
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Starting from version 4.0, Samba is able to run as an Active Directory (AD) domain controller (DC). If you are installing Samba in a production environment, it is recommended to run two or more DCs for failover reasons.
  
Whilst the Domain Controller seems capable of running as a full file server, it is suggested that organisations run a distinct file server to allow upgrades of each without disrupting the other. It is also suggested that medium-sized sites should run more than one DC. It also makes sense to have the DC's distinct from any file servers that may use the Domain Controllers. Additionally using distinct file servers avoids the idiosyncrasies in the winbindd configuration on the Active Directory Domain Controller. The Samba team does not recommend using a Samba-based Domain Controller as a file server, and recommend that users run a separate [[Setup_Samba_as_an_AD_Domain_Member|Domain Member]] with [[File_sharing|file shares]].
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This documentation describes how to set up Samba as the first DC to build a new AD forest. Additionally, use this documentation if you are migrating a Samba NT4 domain to Samba AD. To join Samba as an additional DC to an existing AD forest, see [[Joining_a_Samba_DC_to_an_Existing_Active_Directory|Joining a Samba DC to an Existing Active Directory]].  
  
If you are looking for documentation about updating the Samba version of an existing Samba Active Directory Domain Controller, please consult your distribution upgrade procedure or see: [[Updating_Samba|Updating Samba]].
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Samba as an AD DC only supports:
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* the integrated LDAP server as AD back end. For details, see the frequently asked question (FAQ) [[FAQ#Does_Samba_AD_DCs_Support_OpenLDAP_or_Other_LDAP_Servers_as_Back_End.3F|Does Samba AD DCs Support OpenLDAP or Other LDAP Servers as Back End?]]
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* the [https://web.mit.edu/kerberos/ MIT] and [http://www.h5l.se/ Heimdal] Kerberos Key Distribution Center (KDC).
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: Samba uses the MIT KDC provided by your operating system if you run Samba 4.7 or later and has been built using the <code>--with-system-mitkrb5</code> option. In other cases Samba uses the Heimdal KDC included in Samba. For further details about Samba using the MIT KDC, see [[Running a Samba AD DC with MIT Kerberos KDC]].
  
Samba as an AD DC requires at least version 4.0.0, but it's always recommended to use the latest stable version of Samba. It will contain fixes for bugs from previous releases and may contain improved Microsoft Active Directory compatibility and additional features. See the [[Samba_Release_Planning|Samba release plan]] for more details about the latest maintained versions and their release notes.
 
  
Please note that you do not need to install or configure a separate Kerberos KDC for Samba to work. Samba includes an AD compatible KDC, currently based on an included copy of the [http://www.h5l.se/ Heimdal] project. Likewise Samba ships its own LDAP implementation for AD backends. OpenLDAP or other LDAP servers are not supported at the moment.
 
  
If you already have an Active Directory forest and want to join an additional Samba Domain Controller, see the [[Joining_a_Samba_DC_to_an_Existing_Active_Directory|Joining a Samba DC to an Existing Active Directory]] documentation.
 
  
'''See the [[Host_information_used_in_documentation|host information used in documentation]] page for used paths, hostnames, etc.'''
 
  
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= Preparing the Installation =
  
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* Select a host name for your AD DC.
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: Do not use NT4-only terms as host name, such as <code>PDC</code> or <code>BDC</code>. These modes do not exist in an AD and cause confusion.
  
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* Select a DNS domain for your AD forest. The name will also be used as the AD Kerberos realm.
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: {{Imbox
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| text = Make sure that you provision the AD using a DNS domain that will not need to be changed. Samba does not support renaming the AD DNS zone and Kerberos realm.
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: For additional information, see [[Active_Directory_Naming_FAQ|Active Directory Naming FAQ]].
  
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* Use a static IP address on the DC.
  
= Preconditions =
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* Disable tools, such as <code>resolvconf</code>, that automatically update your <code>/etc/resolv.conf</code> DNS resolver configuration file. AD DCs and domain members must use an DNS server that is able to resolve the AD DNS zones.
  
* Make sure that your future DC uses a static IP address. DHCP can cause trouble if the address changes.
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* Verify that no Samba processes are running:
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# ps ax | egrep "samba|smbd|nmbd|winbindd"
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: If the output lists any <code>samba</code>, <code>smbd</code>, <code>nmbd</code>, or <code>winbindd</code> processes, shut down the processes.
  
* If resolvconf is installed on your future DC, you should remove this or it may alter your /etc/resolv.conf to point to the wrong nameserver.
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* Verify that the <code>/etc/hosts</code> file on the DC correctly resolves the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) and short host name to the LAN IP address of the DC. For example:
 
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  127.0.0.1    localhost localhost.localdomain
* Read carefully the [[Active_Directory_Naming_FAQ|Active Directory Naming FAQ]] for information, frequent pitfalls, etc. about choosing a DNS and NetBIOS name for your AD. Currently Samba AD does not support changing this, so this makes it to an important decision!
 
 
 
* Check your /etc/hosts for a correct resolution of the hostname to its IP:
 
  127.0.0.1    localhost.localdomain     localhost
 
 
  10.99.0.1    DC1.samdom.example.com    DC1
 
  10.99.0.1    DC1.samdom.example.com    DC1
: Ensure that your DC hostname resolves to its LAN IP and not to 127.0.0.1!
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:The host name and FQDN must not resolve to the <code>127.0.0.1</code> IP address or any other IP address than the one used on the LAN interface of the DC.
  
* Remove any previous existing installation of Samba. If upgrading from a Samba NT4 domain to Samba AD, only keep your previous smb.conf and the databases.
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* If you previously ran a Samba installation on this host:
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:* Remove the existing <code>smb.conf</code> file. To list the path to the file:
  
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# smbd -b | grep "CONFIGFILE"
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    CONFIGFILE: /usr/local/samba/etc/samba/smb.conf
  
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:* Remove all Samba database files, such as <code>*.tdb</code> and <code>*.ldb</code> files. To list the folders containing Samba databases:
  
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# smbd -b | egrep "LOCKDIR|STATEDIR|CACHEDIR|PRIVATE_DIR"
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  LOCKDIR: /usr/local/samba/var/lock/
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  STATEDIR: /usr/local/samba/var/locks/
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  CACHEDIR: /usr/local/samba/var/cache/
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  PRIVATE_DIR: /usr/local/samba/private/
  
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: Starting with a clean environment helps to prevent confusion and ensures that no files from any previous Samba installation will be mixed with your new domain DC installation.
  
= Installation =
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* Remove an existing <code>/etc/krb5.conf</code> file:
  
Before you start, check the [[Operating system requirements|Operating System requirements]] for dependencies.
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# rm /etc/krb5.conf
  
You have the following options to install Samba:
 
  
* [[Build_Samba_from_Source|Build Samba]] yourself
 
  
* Install [[Distribution-specific_Package_Installation|distribution specific packages]]
 
: Make sure that you use a recent Samba and note, that not all distributions currently ship Samba packages, with Active Directory Domain Controller capabilities. One of the reasons is, that some distributions are based on MIT Kerberos, while Samba (currently) only supports Heimdal Kerberos. E. g. Red Hat operating systems (RHEL, CentOS, Fedora, etc.) are affected. In this case, choose one of the other install options.
 
  
* Install SerNet [http://www.samba.plus Samba+]/[http://www.samba.plus/older-packages/ Enterprise] packages
 
  
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= Installing Samba =
  
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For details, see [[Installing_Samba|Installing Samba]].
  
== Paths ==
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{{Imbox
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You should consider putting the directories "/usr/local/samba/bin/" and "/usr/local/samba/sbin/" at the beginning of your $PATH variable:
 
  
export PATH=/usr/local/samba/bin/:/usr/local/samba/sbin/:$PATH
 
  
To permanently add this to your system or user configuration, see your distribution's documentation.
 
  
  
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= Provisioning a Samba Active Directory =
  
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The Samba AD provisioning process creates the AD databases and adds initial records, such as the domain administrator account and required DNS entries.
  
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If you are migrating a Samba NT4 domain to AD, skip this step and run the Samba classic upgrade. For details, see [[Migrating_a_Samba_NT4_Domain_to_Samba_AD_(Classic_Upgrade)|Migrating a Samba NT4 Domain to Samba AD (Classic Upgrade)]].
  
= Provisioning the Samba Active Directory =
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{{Imbox
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'''''Migration of a Samba NT4 domain:''' If you plan to migrate an existing Samba NT4 domain to Samba AD, you do not manually provision the domain. The migration is done by the classicupgrade process. Skip this section and follow [[Migrating_a_Samba_NT4_domain_to_a_Samba_AD_domain_(classic_upgrade)|Migrating a Samba NT4 domain to a Samba AD domain (classic upgrade)]]. Come back afterwards and continue with [[#Testing_your_Samba_Domain_Controller|Testing your Samba Domain Controller]].''
 
  
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The <code>samba-tool domain provision</code> command provides several parameters to use with the interactive and non-interactive setup. For details, see:
  
When Samba sets up the first Domain Controller in a Domain, the provisioning creates an initial Active Directory database. This must be done with root privileges, to enable writing to the installation directory and setting the correct permissions on files and folders.
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# samba-tool domain provision --help
 
 
  
First make yourself familiar with the possible parameters and options of the provisioning:
 
 
# samba-tool domain provision --help
 
  
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{{Imbox
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| text = When provisioning a new AD, it is recommended to enable the NIS extensions by passing the <code>--use-rfc2307</code> parameter to the <code>samba-tool domain provision</code> command. This enables you to store Unix attributes in AD, such as user IDs (UID), home directories paths, group IDs (GID). Enabling the NIS extensions has no disadvantages. However, enabling them in an existing domain requires manually extending the AD schema. For further details about Unix attributes in AD, see:
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* [[Setting_up_RFC2307_in_AD|Setting up RFC2307 in AD]]
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* [[Idmap_config_ad|idmap config = ad]]
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}}
  
If your Domain Controller has multiple network interfaces, the following two "samba-tool" options are required, to prevent the tool auto-choosing one of the IPv4/IPv6 addresses of the interfaces. Furthermore it is necessary to bind Samba to the desired interface.
 
  
# samba-tool domain provision ..... --option="interfaces=lo eth0" --option="bind interfaces only=yes"
 
  
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== Parameter Explanation ==
  
There are two ways to provision a domain, non-interactively, where you supply all the required options with the command, or interactively, this way you will be asked for the required options.
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Set the following parameters during the provisioning:
  
'''Note:''' parameters are explained below.
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{| class="wikitable"
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!Interactive Mode Setting
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!Non-interactive Mode Parameter
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!Explanation
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|-
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|<code>--use-rfc2307</code>
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|<code>--use-rfc2307</code>
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|Enables the NIS extensions.
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|-
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|<code>Realm</code>
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|<code>--realm</code>
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|Kerberos realm. This is also used as the AD DNS domain. For example: <code>samdom.example.com</code>.
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|-
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|<code>Domain</code>
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|<code>--domain</code>
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|NetBIOS domain name. It is recommended to use the first part of the AD DNS domain. For example: <code>samdom</code>.
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|-
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|<code>Server Role</code>
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|<code>--server-role</code>
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|Installs the domain controller <code>DC</code> role.
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|-
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|<code>DNS backend</code>
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|<code>--dns-backend</code>
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|Sets the DNS back end. The first DC in an AD must be installed using a DNS back end. Note that the <code>BIND9_FLATFILE</code> is not supported and will be removed in a future Samba version.
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|-
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|<code>DNS forwarder IP address</code>
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|not available
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|This setting is only available when using the <code>SAMBA_INTERNAL</code> DNS back end. For details, see [[Samba_Internal_DNS_Back_End#Setting_up_a_DNS_Forwarder|Setting up a DNS Forwarder]].
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|-
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|<code>Administrator password</code>
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|<code>--adminpass</code>
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|Sets the domain administrator password. If the password does not match the complexity requirements, the provisioning fails. For details, see [https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc786468%28v=ws.10%29.aspx Microsoft TechNet: Passwords must meet complexity requirements].
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|}
  
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Other parameters frequently used with the <code>samba-tool domain provision</code> command:
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* <code>--option="interfaces=lo eth0" --option="bind interfaces only=yes"</code>: If your server has multiple network interfaces, use these options to bind Samba to the specified interfaces. This enables the <code>samba-tool</code> command to register the correct LAN IP address in the directory during the join.
  
Non-interactively provision using the internal DNS server:
 
  
# samba-tool domain provision --use-rfc2307 --realm=SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM --domain=SAMDOM --server-role=dc --adminpass=Passw0rd
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{{Imbox
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| text = do NOT use <code>NONE</code> as the DNS backend, it is not supported and will be removed in a future Samba version.
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}}
  
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{{Imbox
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| type = note
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| text = If using Bind as the DNS backend, do NOT use <code>BIND9_FLATFILE</code>, it is not supported and will be removed in a future Samba version.
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}}
  
Non-interactively provision using the Bind9 DNS server:
 
  
# samba-tool domain provision --use-rfc2307 --realm=SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM --dns-backend=BIND9_DLZ --domain=SAMDOM --server-role=dc --adminpass=Passw0rd
 
  
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== Provisioning Samba AD in Interactive Mode ==
  
Interactively provision a new domain:
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To provision a Samba AD interactively, run:
  
 
  # samba-tool domain provision --use-rfc2307 --interactive
 
  # samba-tool domain provision --use-rfc2307 --interactive
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  DOMAIN SID:            S-1-5-21-2614513918-2685075268-614796884
 
  DOMAIN SID:            S-1-5-21-2614513918-2685075268-614796884
  
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{{Imbox
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| text = The interactive provisioning mode supports passing further parameters to the <code>samba-tool domain provision</code> command. This enables you to modify parameters that are not part of the interactive setup.
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== Provisioning Samba AD in Non-interactive Mode ==
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For example, to provision a Samba AD non-interactively with the following settings:
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* Server role: <code>dc</code>
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* NIS extensions enabled
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* Internal DNS back end
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* Kerberos realm and AD DNS zone: <code>samdom.example.com</code>
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* NetBIOS domain name: <code>SAMDOM</code>
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* Domain administrator password: <code>Passw0rd</code>
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# samba-tool domain provision --server-role=dc --use-rfc2307 --dns-backend=SAMBA_INTERNAL --realm=SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM --domain=SAMDOM --adminpass=Passw0rd
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= Setting up the AD DNS back end =
  
<u>Parameter explanations:</u>
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Skip this step if you provisioned the DC using the <code>SAMBA_INTERNAL</code> DNS back end.
  
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* Set up the BIND DNS server and the <code>BIND9_DLZ</code> module. For details, see [[Setting_up_a_BIND_DNS_Server|Setting up a BIND DNS Server]].
  
<u>--use-rfc2307:</u> Enables NIS extensions. They allow a central management of Unix attributes (UIDs, shells, GIDs, etc.) inside Active Directory. It is recommended to always enable this feature during the provisioning. There are no disadvantages in not using it, but you may later find yourself in a situation where the central management of Unix account/group information becomes a requirement. Enabling it afterwards requires additional work such as manually extending the AD schema. For further information about RFC2307, see [[Idmap_config_ad|General information on RFC2307]] and [[Setting_up_RFC2307_in_AD|Setting up RFC2307 in AD]].
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* Start the BIND DNS server. For example:
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# systemctl start named
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: For details how to start services, see you distribution's documentation.
  
  
<u>--interactive:</u> Use interactive provisioning. The defaults are the values in the squared brackets, they will be used if no other input is made.
 
  
  
<u>--realm or Realm:</u> Kerberos Realm and AD DNS domain written in upper case. You should always use a subdomain of your domain name (e. g. samdom.example.com). Never use your domain name (example.com) for your Active Directory DNS domain. This prevent you accessing accessing servers using that name, like web server, because the domain is resolved to the IP(s) of your Domain Controller(s) instead! See the [[Active_Directory_Naming_FAQ|Active Directory Naming FAQ]] for further information and help.
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= Configuring the DNS Resolver =
  
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Domain members in an AD use DNS to locate services, such as LDAP and Kerberos. For that, they need to use a DNS server that is able to resolve the AD DNS zone.
  
<u>--domain or Domain:</u> NT4 NetBIOS domain name in upper case used by AD for compatibility reasons. Maximum name length: 15 characters. Usually - and that's what we recommend - this is the first part of the AD DNS name. In any case if using something different, make sure that it matches the [https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/909264 naming conventions in Active Directory (section "NetBIOS domain names")]. Please note, that even if some punctuation marks like periods are allowed, they can cause trouble in some situations and should be avoided! See the [[Active_Directory_Naming_FAQ|Active Directory Naming FAQ]] for further information and help.
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On your DC, set the AD DNS domain in the <code>domain</code> and the IP of your DC in the <code>nameserver</code> parameter of the <code>/etc/resolv.conf</code> file. For example:
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domain samdom.example.com
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nameserver 10.99.0.1
  
  
<u>Server Role:</u> 'dc' for Domain Controller.
 
  
  
<u>--dns-backend or DNS backend:</u> Supported DNS backends are the [[Samba_Internal_DNS_Back_End|Samba Internal DNS Back End]] and [[BIND9_DLZ_DNS_Back_End|BIND9_DLZ]]. We used the default - the internal DNS - in our example above. It is the best choice if you do not have complex DNS requirements. See [[The_Samba_AD_DNS_Back_Ends#Which_DNS_backend_should_I_choose.3F|Which DNS backend should I choose?]] for a comparison and suggestions. If you have chosen BIND9_DLZ as backend, you must setup and configure BIND, before first starting your Domain Controller. See [[BIND9_DLZ_DNS_Back_End|Configure BIND as backend for Samba AD]] for further setup information. If you later find out that your DNS backend choice doesn't fit your needs, you can [[Changing_the_DNS_Back_End|change it afterwards]]. Do not use BIND9_FLATFILE as the DNS backend. It isn't documented and is not supported! Seeing as AD heavily relies on DNS, the first DC in an AD must act as a DNS server, so you can't choose NONE here.
 
  
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= Configuring Kerberos =
  
<u>DNS forwarder IP address:</u> You are only prompted for this information, if you choose the Samba internal DNS as the backend. It defines the IP address of one DNS server, to which DNS queries should be forwarded, when your DNS server isn't authoritative for a zone. Commonly it is your providers DNS server IP address.
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In an AD, Kerberos is used to authenticate users, machines, and services.
  
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During the provisioning, Samba created a Kerberos configuration file for your DC. Copy this file to your operating system's Kerberos configuration. For example:
  
<u>Administrator password:</u> The Domain Administrators password. It must meet the complexity requirements (see https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc786468%28v=ws.10%29.aspx):
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# cp /usr/local/samba/private/krb5.conf /etc/krb5.conf
* At least 8 characters
 
* Containing at least three of the following five character groups
 
** Uppercase characters of European languages (A through Z, with diacritic marks, Greek and Cyrillic characters)
 
** Lowercase characters of European languages (a through z, sharp-s, with diacritic marks, Greek and Cyrillic characters)
 
** Base 10 digits (0 through 9)
 
** Nonalphanumeric characters: ~!@#$%^&*_-+=`|\(){}[]:;"'<>,.?/
 
** Any Unicode character that is categorized as an alphabetic character but is not uppercase or lowercase. This includes Unicode characters from Asian languages.
 
:If the password doesn't fulfil the complexity requirements, the provisioning will fail and you will have to start over (remove the newly generated "smb.conf" in this case).
 
  
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{{Imbox
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| text = Do not create a symbolic link to the the generated <code>krb5.conf</code> file. In Samba 4.7 and later, the <code>/usr/local/samba/private/</code> directory is no longer accessible by other users than the <code>root</code> user. If the file is a symbolic link, other users are not able to read the file and, for example, dynamic DNS updates fail if you use the <code>BIND_DLZ</code> DNS back end.
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}}
  
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The pre-created Kerberos configuration uses DNS service (SRV) resource records to locate the KDC.
  
  
  
= Testing your Samba Domain Controller =
 
  
'''Note: If you are running any "smbd", "nmbd" or "winbindd" processes from previous installations, they need to be stopped before starting "samba" from your new DC installation!'''
 
  
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= Testing your Samba AD DC =
  
To start the Samba Active Directory Domain Controller in "standard" mode, which is suitable for production use, run
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To start the <code>samba</code> service manually, enter:
  
 
  # samba
 
  # samba
  
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Samba does not provide System V init scripts, <code>systemd</code>, <code>upstart</code>, or other services configuration files.
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* If you installed Samba using packages, use the script or service configuration file included in the package to start Samba.
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* If you built Samba, see [[Managing_the_Samba_AD_DC_Service|Managing the Samba AD DC Service]].
  
Samba doesn't yet have init scripts included. You can find examples on the [[Samba4/InitScript|Samba Init-Script]] page.
 
  
  
Run "smbclient", to check if Samba provides the AD DC default shares "netlogon" and "sysvol", that were created in your "smb.conf" during provisioning/upgrading:
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== Verifying the File Server ==
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To list all shares provided by the DC:
  
 
  $ smbclient -L localhost -U%
 
  $ smbclient -L localhost -U%
  Domain=[SAMDOM] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 4.x.y]
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  Domain=[SAMDOM] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba x.y.z]
 
   
 
   
 
         Sharename      Type      Comment
 
         Sharename      Type      Comment
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         netlogon        Disk       
 
         netlogon        Disk       
 
         sysvol          Disk       
 
         sysvol          Disk       
         IPC$            IPC      IPC Service (Samba 4.x.y)
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         IPC$            IPC      IPC Service (Samba x.y.z)
  Domain=[SAMDOM] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 4.x.y]
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  Domain=[SAMDOM] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba x.y.z]
 
   
 
   
 
         Server              Comment
 
         Server              Comment
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{{Imbox
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| text = The <code>netlogon</code> and <code>sysvol</code> shares were auto-created during the provisioning and must exist on a DC.
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To test that authentication is working, you should try to connect to the "netlogon" share, using the Domain Administrator account that was created during provisioning/upgrading:
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To verify authentication, connect to the <code>netlogon</code> share using the domain administrator account:
  
 
  $ smbclient //localhost/netlogon -UAdministrator -c 'ls'
 
  $ smbclient //localhost/netlogon -UAdministrator -c 'ls'
  Enter Administrator's password: Passw0rd
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  Enter Administrator's password:  
  Domain=[SAMDOM] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 4.x.y]
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  Domain=[SAMDOM] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba x.y.z]
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If one or more tests fail, see [[#Troubleshooting|Troubleshooting]].
  
If any of the connection tests fail, check out the [[Samba_AD_DC_Troubleshooting|Samba AD DC Troubleshooting]] page.
 
 
 
 
 
 
= Configure DNS =
 
 
A working DNS is essential for the correct operation of an Active Directory! E. g. without the right DNS entries, Kerberos won't work, which in turn means that many of the basic features won't work. It is worth spending some extra time ensuring your DNS setup is correct, because debugging problems caused by incorrect DNS configuration can take a lot of time later.
 
 
 
 
== Configure /etc/resolv.conf ==
 
 
Your Domain Controller requires a name server that is able to resolve queries to Active Directory zones. Because this is your first Domain Controller in your AD forest, use the DCs IP and domain name in your /etc/resolv.conf:
 
 
domain samdom.example.com
 
nameserver 10.99.0.1
 
  
  
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== Verifying DNS ==
  
== Testing DNS ==
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To verify that your AD DNS configuration works correctly, query some DNS records:
  
To test that DNS is working properly, run the following commands and compare the output to what is shown:
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* The tcp-based <code>_ldap</code> SRV record in the domain:
  
 
  $ host -t SRV _ldap._tcp.samdom.example.com.
 
  $ host -t SRV _ldap._tcp.samdom.example.com.
 
  _ldap._tcp.samdom.example.com has SRV record 0 100 389 dc1.samdom.example.com.
 
  _ldap._tcp.samdom.example.com has SRV record 0 100 389 dc1.samdom.example.com.
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* The udp-based <code>_kerberos</code> SRV resource record in the domain:
  
 
  $ host -t SRV _kerberos._udp.samdom.example.com.
 
  $ host -t SRV _kerberos._udp.samdom.example.com.
 
  _kerberos._udp.samdom.example.com has SRV record 0 100 88 dc1.samdom.example.com.
 
  _kerberos._udp.samdom.example.com has SRV record 0 100 88 dc1.samdom.example.com.
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* The A record of the domain controller:
  
 
  $ host -t A dc1.samdom.example.com.
 
  $ host -t A dc1.samdom.example.com.
 
  dc1.samdom.example.com has address 10.99.0.1
 
  dc1.samdom.example.com has address 10.99.0.1
  
If you receive any errors, check your system logs to locate the problem.
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If one or more tests fail, see [[#Troubleshooting|Troubleshooting]].
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
= Configure Kerberos =
 
 
 
== Configure /etc/krb5.conf ==
 
 
 
Kerberos is an important part of Active Directory. Typically the configuration is done in /etc/krb5.conf. During provisioning, a working sample configuration will be created. You can replace your krb5.conf file with the sample by copying or creating a symlink:
 
 
 
# ln -sf /usr/local/samba/private/krb5.conf /etc/krb5.conf
 
 
 
If you cannot find your copy of krb5.conf, or just want to create it yourself, /etc/krb5.conf needs to look like this:
 
 
 
[libdefaults]
 
    default_realm = SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM
 
    dns_lookup_realm = false
 
    dns_lookup_kdc = true
 
  
  
  
== Testing Kerberos ==
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== Verifying Kerberos ==
  
Use "kinit" to obtain a Kerberos ticket:
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* Request a Kerberos ticket for the domain administrator account:
  
  # kinit administrator@SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM
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  $ kinit administrator
  Password for administrator@SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM: Passw0rd
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  Password for administrator@SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM:
  
'''''Note:''' You must always specify your realm in uppercase letters!''
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: {{Imbox
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| type = note
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| text = The Kerberos realm is automatically appended, if you do not pass the principal in the <code>user@REALM</code> format to the <code>kinit</code> command.<br />Set Kerberos realms always in uppercase.
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}}
  
Depending on your distribution, "kinit" may just return you to a prompt when successful. To verify that Kerberos is working and that you had received a ticket, run:
+
* List the cached Kerberos tickets:
  
  # klist
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  $ klist
 
  Ticket cache: FILE:/tmp/krb5cc_0
 
  Ticket cache: FILE:/tmp/krb5cc_0
 
  Default principal: administrator@SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM
 
  Default principal: administrator@SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM
 
   
 
   
 
  Valid starting      Expires              Service principal
 
  Valid starting      Expires              Service principal
  08.09.2015 14:27:45 09.09.2015 00:27:45 krbtgt/SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM@SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM
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  01.11.2016 08:45:00 12.11.2016 18:45:00 krbtgt/SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM@SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM
  renew until 09.09.2015 14:27:42
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  renew until 02.11.2016 08:44:59
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If one or more tests fail, see [[#Troubleshooting|Troubleshooting]].
  
  
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= Configure NTP =
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= Configuring Time Synchronisation =
  
Active Directory requires close time synchronization between all participant machines for Kerberos to work properly. It's highly recommended to use NTP or another form of time synchronization on your Domain Controller! The [[Time_Synchronisation|Time Synchronisation]] documentation will provide all necessary information, to configure NTP on an AD Domain Controller.
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Kerberos requires a synchronised time on all domain members. For further details and how to set up the <code>ntpd</code> service, see [[Time_Synchronisation|Time Synchronisation]].
  
  
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= Using a DC as a fileserver =
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= Configuring Winbindd on a Samba AD DC =
  
The Samba team does not recommend using a Samba AD DC as a 'fileserver', but accepts that sometimes a DC might have to be used in such a way.
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''Only required if using the DC as a file server''. For details, see [[Configuring_Winbindd_on_a_Samba_AD_DC|Configuring Winbindd on a Samba AD DC]].
Before going down that path, it is recommended that you run another instance of Samba inside a VM and use this as a fileserver instead.
 
  
If you cannot, or do not want to do this, you will need to set up the libnss links, for instructions on how to do this see [[Setup_Samba_as_an_AD_Domain_Member#libnss_winbind|here]].
 
  
  
  
  
= Troubleshooting =
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= Using the Domain Controller as a File Server =
  
If you encounter any problems when using this documentation, see the [[Samba_AD_DC_Troubleshooting|Samba AD DC Troubleshooting]] page.
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The Samba AD DC is able to provide file shares, just like all other installation modes. However, the Samba team does not recommend using a DC as a file server because the DC <code>smbd</code> process has some limitations compared with the service in non-DC setups. For example, the auto-enabled <code>acl_xattr</code> virtual file system (VFS) object enables you to only configure shares with Windows access control lists (ACL). Running shares with POSIX ACLs on a Samba DC is not supported. To provide network shares with the full capabilities of Samba, set up a Samba domain member with file shares. For details, see:
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* [[Setting_up_Samba_as_a_Domain_Member|Setting up Samba as a Domain Member]]
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* [[Samba_File_Serving|Samba File Serving]]
  
 +
If you do not want to follow the Samba team's recommendation and use the DC additionally as a file server, configure Winbindd before you start setting up shares. For details, see [[Configuring_Winbindd_on_a_Samba_AD_DC|Configuring Winbindd on a Samba AD DC]].
  
  
  
  
= Further documentation =
 
  
The Samba Wiki provides a lot of useful [[User_Documentation|documentation]] on administering your DC, ([[Backup and restore an Samba AD DC|Backup and restore a Samba AD DC]], [[Shares_with_Windows_ACLs|Setup shares with Windows ACLs]], [[Setup_Samba_as_an_AD_Domain_Member#libnss_winbind|Setup Winbind]], etc.) and daily work ([[Joining_a_Windows_Client_or_Server_to_a_Domain|Joining a Windows Client or Server to a Domain]], [[Installing RSAT|Installing RSAT on Windows for AD Management]], etc.).
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= Troubleshooting =
  
See the [[User_Documentation|Samba user documentation]] for a great overview.
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For further details, see [[Samba_AD_DC_Troubleshooting|Samba AD DC Troubleshooting]].
  
  
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= Report your success/failure! =
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= Further Samba-related Documentation =
  
We would encourage you to report your successes and failures to the Samba mailing list on https://lists.samba.org/mailman/listinfo/samba.
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See [[User_Documentation|User Documentation]].
  
Suggestions on improving the documentation has the same importance as reporting [https://bugzilla.samba.org/ Bugs] and complications.
 
  
  
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Revision as of 19:58, 11 December 2017

Introduction

Starting from version 4.0, Samba is able to run as an Active Directory (AD) domain controller (DC). If you are installing Samba in a production environment, it is recommended to run two or more DCs for failover reasons.

This documentation describes how to set up Samba as the first DC to build a new AD forest. Additionally, use this documentation if you are migrating a Samba NT4 domain to Samba AD. To join Samba as an additional DC to an existing AD forest, see Joining a Samba DC to an Existing Active Directory.

Samba as an AD DC only supports:

Samba uses the MIT KDC provided by your operating system if you run Samba 4.7 or later and has been built using the --with-system-mitkrb5 option. In other cases Samba uses the Heimdal KDC included in Samba. For further details about Samba using the MIT KDC, see Running a Samba AD DC with MIT Kerberos KDC.



Preparing the Installation

  • Select a host name for your AD DC.
Do not use NT4-only terms as host name, such as PDC or BDC. These modes do not exist in an AD and cause confusion.
  • Select a DNS domain for your AD forest. The name will also be used as the AD Kerberos realm.
For additional information, see Active Directory Naming FAQ.
  • Use a static IP address on the DC.
  • Disable tools, such as resolvconf, that automatically update your /etc/resolv.conf DNS resolver configuration file. AD DCs and domain members must use an DNS server that is able to resolve the AD DNS zones.
  • Verify that no Samba processes are running:
# ps ax | egrep "samba|smbd|nmbd|winbindd"
If the output lists any samba, smbd, nmbd, or winbindd processes, shut down the processes.
  • Verify that the /etc/hosts file on the DC correctly resolves the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) and short host name to the LAN IP address of the DC. For example:
127.0.0.1     localhost localhost.localdomain
10.99.0.1     DC1.samdom.example.com     DC1
The host name and FQDN must not resolve to the 127.0.0.1 IP address or any other IP address than the one used on the LAN interface of the DC.
  • If you previously ran a Samba installation on this host:
  • Remove the existing smb.conf file. To list the path to the file:
# smbd -b | grep "CONFIGFILE"
   CONFIGFILE: /usr/local/samba/etc/samba/smb.conf
  • Remove all Samba database files, such as *.tdb and *.ldb files. To list the folders containing Samba databases:
# smbd -b | egrep "LOCKDIR|STATEDIR|CACHEDIR|PRIVATE_DIR"
  LOCKDIR: /usr/local/samba/var/lock/
  STATEDIR: /usr/local/samba/var/locks/
  CACHEDIR: /usr/local/samba/var/cache/
  PRIVATE_DIR: /usr/local/samba/private/
Starting with a clean environment helps to prevent confusion and ensures that no files from any previous Samba installation will be mixed with your new domain DC installation.
  • Remove an existing /etc/krb5.conf file:
# rm /etc/krb5.conf



Installing Samba

For details, see Installing Samba.



Provisioning a Samba Active Directory

The Samba AD provisioning process creates the AD databases and adds initial records, such as the domain administrator account and required DNS entries.

If you are migrating a Samba NT4 domain to AD, skip this step and run the Samba classic upgrade. For details, see Migrating a Samba NT4 Domain to Samba AD (Classic Upgrade).


The samba-tool domain provision command provides several parameters to use with the interactive and non-interactive setup. For details, see:

# samba-tool domain provision --help



Parameter Explanation

Set the following parameters during the provisioning:

Interactive Mode Setting Non-interactive Mode Parameter Explanation
--use-rfc2307 --use-rfc2307 Enables the NIS extensions.
Realm --realm Kerberos realm. This is also used as the AD DNS domain. For example: samdom.example.com.
Domain --domain NetBIOS domain name. It is recommended to use the first part of the AD DNS domain. For example: samdom.
Server Role --server-role Installs the domain controller DC role.
DNS backend --dns-backend Sets the DNS back end. The first DC in an AD must be installed using a DNS back end. Note that the BIND9_FLATFILE is not supported and will be removed in a future Samba version.
DNS forwarder IP address not available This setting is only available when using the SAMBA_INTERNAL DNS back end. For details, see Setting up a DNS Forwarder.
Administrator password --adminpass Sets the domain administrator password. If the password does not match the complexity requirements, the provisioning fails. For details, see Microsoft TechNet: Passwords must meet complexity requirements.

Other parameters frequently used with the samba-tool domain provision command:

  • --option="interfaces=lo eth0" --option="bind interfaces only=yes": If your server has multiple network interfaces, use these options to bind Samba to the specified interfaces. This enables the samba-tool command to register the correct LAN IP address in the directory during the join.



Provisioning Samba AD in Interactive Mode

To provision a Samba AD interactively, run:

# samba-tool domain provision --use-rfc2307 --interactive
Realm [SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM]: SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM
 Domain [SAMDOM]: SAMDOM
 Server Role (dc, member, standalone) [dc]: dc
 DNS backend (SAMBA_INTERNAL, BIND9_FLATFILE, BIND9_DLZ, NONE) [SAMBA_INTERNAL]: SAMBA_INTERNAL
 DNS forwarder IP address (write 'none' to disable forwarding) [10.99.0.1]: 8.8.8.8
Administrator password: Passw0rd
Retype password: Passw0rd
Looking up IPv4 addresses
Looking up IPv6 addresses
No IPv6 address will be assigned
Setting up share.ldb
Setting up secrets.ldb
Setting up the registry
Setting up the privileges database
Setting up idmap db
Setting up SAM db
Setting up sam.ldb partitions and settings
Setting up sam.ldb rootDSE
Pre-loading the Samba 4 and AD schema
Adding DomainDN: DC=samdom,DC=example,DC=com
Adding configuration container
Setting up sam.ldb schema
Setting up sam.ldb configuration data
Setting up display specifiers
Modifying display specifiers
Adding users container                                                                                                                                                                                        
Modifying users container                                                                                                                                                                                     
Adding computers container                                                                                                                                                                                    
Modifying computers container                                                                                                                                                                                 
Setting up sam.ldb data                                                                                                                                                                                       
Setting up well known security principals                                                                                                                                                                     
Setting up sam.ldb users and groups                                                                                                                                                                           
Setting up self join                                                                                                                                                                                          
Adding DNS accounts                                                                                                                                                                                           
Creating CN=MicrosoftDNS,CN=System,DC=samdom,DC=example,DC=com                                                                                                                                                
Creating DomainDnsZones and ForestDnsZones partitions                                                                                                                                                         
Populating DomainDnsZones and ForestDnsZones partitions                                                                                                                                                       
Setting up sam.ldb rootDSE marking as synchronized                                                                                                                                                            
Fixing provision GUIDs                                                                                                                                                                                        
A Kerberos configuration suitable for Samba 4 has been generated at /usr/local/samba/private/krb5.conf                                                                                                        
Setting up fake yp server settings                                                                                                                                                                            
Once the above files are installed, your Samba4 server will be ready to use                                                                                                                                   
Server Role:           active directory domain controller                                                                                                                                                     
Hostname:              DC1                                                                                                                                                                                    
NetBIOS Domain:        SAMDOM                                                                                                                                                                                 
DNS Domain:            samdom.example.com                                                                                                                                                                     
DOMAIN SID:            S-1-5-21-2614513918-2685075268-614796884


Provisioning Samba AD in Non-interactive Mode

For example, to provision a Samba AD non-interactively with the following settings:

  • Server role: dc
  • NIS extensions enabled
  • Internal DNS back end
  • Kerberos realm and AD DNS zone: samdom.example.com
  • NetBIOS domain name: SAMDOM
  • Domain administrator password: Passw0rd
# samba-tool domain provision --server-role=dc --use-rfc2307 --dns-backend=SAMBA_INTERNAL --realm=SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM --domain=SAMDOM --adminpass=Passw0rd



Setting up the AD DNS back end

Skip this step if you provisioned the DC using the SAMBA_INTERNAL DNS back end.

  • Start the BIND DNS server. For example:
# systemctl start named
For details how to start services, see you distribution's documentation.



Configuring the DNS Resolver

Domain members in an AD use DNS to locate services, such as LDAP and Kerberos. For that, they need to use a DNS server that is able to resolve the AD DNS zone.

On your DC, set the AD DNS domain in the domain and the IP of your DC in the nameserver parameter of the /etc/resolv.conf file. For example:

domain samdom.example.com
nameserver 10.99.0.1



Configuring Kerberos

In an AD, Kerberos is used to authenticate users, machines, and services.

During the provisioning, Samba created a Kerberos configuration file for your DC. Copy this file to your operating system's Kerberos configuration. For example:

# cp /usr/local/samba/private/krb5.conf /etc/krb5.conf

The pre-created Kerberos configuration uses DNS service (SRV) resource records to locate the KDC.



Testing your Samba AD DC

To start the samba service manually, enter:

# samba

Samba does not provide System V init scripts, systemd, upstart, or other services configuration files.

  • If you installed Samba using packages, use the script or service configuration file included in the package to start Samba.
  • If you built Samba, see Managing the Samba AD DC Service.


Verifying the File Server

To list all shares provided by the DC:

$ smbclient -L localhost -U%
Domain=[SAMDOM] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba x.y.z]

        Sharename       Type      Comment
        ---------       ----      -------
        netlogon        Disk      
        sysvol          Disk      
        IPC$            IPC       IPC Service (Samba x.y.z)
Domain=[SAMDOM] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba x.y.z]

        Server               Comment
        ---------            -------

        Workgroup            Master
        ---------            -------

To verify authentication, connect to the netlogon share using the domain administrator account:

$ smbclient //localhost/netlogon -UAdministrator -c 'ls'
Enter Administrator's password: 
Domain=[SAMDOM] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba x.y.z]
 .                                   D        0  Tue Nov  1 08:40:00 2016
 ..                                  D        0  Tue Nov  1 08:40:00 2016

               49386 blocks of size 524288. 42093 blocks available

If one or more tests fail, see Troubleshooting.


Verifying DNS

To verify that your AD DNS configuration works correctly, query some DNS records:

  • The tcp-based _ldap SRV record in the domain:
$ host -t SRV _ldap._tcp.samdom.example.com.
_ldap._tcp.samdom.example.com has SRV record 0 100 389 dc1.samdom.example.com.
  • The udp-based _kerberos SRV resource record in the domain:
$ host -t SRV _kerberos._udp.samdom.example.com.
_kerberos._udp.samdom.example.com has SRV record 0 100 88 dc1.samdom.example.com.
  • The A record of the domain controller:
$ host -t A dc1.samdom.example.com.
dc1.samdom.example.com has address 10.99.0.1

If one or more tests fail, see Troubleshooting.


Verifying Kerberos

  • Request a Kerberos ticket for the domain administrator account:
$ kinit administrator
Password for administrator@SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM:
  • List the cached Kerberos tickets:
$ klist
Ticket cache: FILE:/tmp/krb5cc_0
Default principal: administrator@SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM

Valid starting       Expires              Service principal
01.11.2016 08:45:00  12.11.2016 18:45:00  krbtgt/SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM@SAMDOM.EXAMPLE.COM
	renew until 02.11.2016 08:44:59

If one or more tests fail, see Troubleshooting.



Configuring Time Synchronisation

Kerberos requires a synchronised time on all domain members. For further details and how to set up the ntpd service, see Time Synchronisation.



Configuring Winbindd on a Samba AD DC

Only required if using the DC as a file server. For details, see Configuring Winbindd on a Samba AD DC.



Using the Domain Controller as a File Server

The Samba AD DC is able to provide file shares, just like all other installation modes. However, the Samba team does not recommend using a DC as a file server because the DC smbd process has some limitations compared with the service in non-DC setups. For example, the auto-enabled acl_xattr virtual file system (VFS) object enables you to only configure shares with Windows access control lists (ACL). Running shares with POSIX ACLs on a Samba DC is not supported. To provide network shares with the full capabilities of Samba, set up a Samba domain member with file shares. For details, see:

If you do not want to follow the Samba team's recommendation and use the DC additionally as a file server, configure Winbindd before you start setting up shares. For details, see Configuring Winbindd on a Samba AD DC.



Troubleshooting

For further details, see Samba AD DC Troubleshooting.



Further Samba-related Documentation

See User Documentation.