How to join Fedora Core 6 Samba Server to Windows 2003 Active Directory?

Posted by Planet Malaysia on December 6, 2006


The following article “How to join Fedora Core 6 Samba Server to Windows 2003 Active Directory?” is tested on [tag]Fedora Core[/tag] 6, [tag]Windows[/tag] XP Professional & Windows 2003 Server running on top of Vmware workstation.

The Servers details are:

Fedora Core 6
IP Address:

Windows 2003 Server
IP Address:
Active Directory: KSK.COM
Domain Name(Pre-Windows 2000): KSK

Windows XP Professional
IP Address:

A. The following software packages are required.

[root@linux ~]# rpm -qa|grep samba

 [root@linux ~]# rpm -qa|grep krb

 [root@linux ~]# rpm -qa|grep ntp

B. Clock synchronization
Ensure Clock synchronization between your Fedora Core 6, DNS Server(if available) & Windows 2003 Server. If the server and client clocks are different by more than 5 minutes(default amount in Kerberos 5), Kerberos clients(FC6) can not authenticate to the server. This clock synchronization is necessary to prevent an attacker from using an old Kerberos ticket to masquerade as a valid user. It’s advisable to setup a Network Time Protocol (NTP compatible client/server network. Check for more informations.

C. Configure Kerberos

Edit /etc/krb5.conf

 default = FILE:/var/log/krb5libs.log
 kdc = FILE:/var/log/krb5kdc.log
 admin_server = FILE:/var/log/kadmind.log
 ticket_lifetime = 24000
 default_realm = KSK.COM
 dns_lookup_realm = false
 dns_lookup_kdc = false
  KSK.COM = {
  kdc =
  default_domain = KSK.COM
  kdc = KSK.COM
 profile = /var/kerberos/krb5kdc/kdc.conf
 pam = {
   debug = false
   ticket_lifetime = 36000
   renew_lifetime = 36000
   forwardable = true
   krb4_convert = false

When editing /etc/krb5.conf, please pay attention to the syntax shown in the example as above and avoid using statements not shown in the example and it’s CASE SENSITIVE. In the [realms] sections, it’s advised to define the Key Distribution Center(KDC) with numeric IP Address. Else you have to get DNS server running.

D. Configure Samba Server

Edit /etc/samba/smb.conf

        workgroup = KSK
        security = ads
        realm = KSK.COM
        client use spnego = no
        server signing = auto
        netbios name = linux
        winbind use default domain = yes
        #removes the domain prefix from usernames
        winbind separator = +
        #this is the seperator used to separate domain from username.
        encrypt passwords = yes

        password server = KSK.COM
        template shell = /bin/bash
        comment = Test Share using Active Directory
        path = /data
        valid users = @"KSK\Users"
        writeable = yes
        browseable = yes

Now, test the parameters file with command “testparm”. It should print out that everything is okay, and a warning about the + sign possibly causing problems with domain joins. This can be safely ignored. To join Samba to an Active Directory domain , you must specify “security = ads” mode in the [global]section. The “security = ads” statement tells Samba to authenticate to the specified domain controllers(DC’s) using ADS protocols. The “workgroup = KSK” stetement defines the “Pre-Windows 2000 Domain Name”. The “realm = KSK.COM” ststement defines the name of the Kerberos realm(which is also the name of the AD) for the domain Sambae will be joined to. This should match the Kerberos realm used in /etc/krb5.conf. The “client use spnego = no” & “server signing = auto” statement must added into /etc/samba/smb.conf for make sure work properly with Windows 2003 Domain Controllers.

E. Make sure Samba and Winbind services are stopped:

[root@linux ~]# service smb stop
Shutting down SMB services:                                [  OK  ]
Shutting down NMB services:                                [  OK  ]

[root@linux ~]# service winbind stop
Shutting down Winbind services:                            [  OK  ]

The Winbind Daemon will map users and groups from the Active Directory to Linux. If you have any problem with winbind services (e.g. winbindd dead but pid file exists) when running “service winbind status”, please check for more information.

F. Joining Samba to the Domain Controller

[root@linux ~]# kinit administrator@KSK.COM
(Enter Windows 2003 AD administrator password)

If you getting error message “kinit(v5): Clock skew too great while getting initial credentials” mean that your FC6 & Windows 2003 DC clock are running out. Please make sure it return nothing on the console prompt after enter the administrator password.

[root@linux ~]#net ads join -U administrator
Administrator's password:
Using short domain name -- KSK
Joined 'KSK' to realm 'KSK.COM'

The username: administrator must have sufficient rights to add workstations to the domain. You should be prompted for the password for this domain user account, then an attempt to join the domain will be performed.

If you still have the problem joining domain as mention above, you may try using GUI tools.
Enter “system-config-authentication”, under “User Information”, click “enable Winbind support”, click “Configure Winbind”, make sure “Winbind Domain = KSK”, “Security Model = ads”, “Winbind ADS Realm = KSK.COM”, “Winbind Domain Controllers = KSK.COM” and click “Join Domain”, enter the “administrator password”.

G. Testing
First, create a username “user1” in AD server & make sure the Windows XP machine can join AD domain successful.

Secondly, create “/data” folder in FC6

[root@linux ~] service smb start
[root@linux ~] service winbind start
[root@linux ~] mkdir /data
[root@linux ~] chmod 777 /data

Login to DC with username “user1” in Windows XP machine,
click “Run”
click “cmd” and press enter.
Enter “net use j: \\linux\test”
“net use k: \\linux\test /USER:KSK\user1”
You should be able to see drive J: & drive K: which mounted into Samba Server /data folder.

You may also use the command: wbinfo – Query information from winbind daemon

wbinfo -u
Should now list all the members of the domain.

wbinfo -g
Should now list all the groups available in the domain.

wbinfo -a username%password 
checks to see if username using password can
connect to the domain. Remember the password,
you have to type it as part of the command;
it won't ask you for it later. 

[root@linux init.d]# wbinfo -u

[root@linux init.d]# wbinfo -g
KSK\domain computers
KSK\domain controllers
KSK\schema admins
KSK\enterprise admins
KSK\domain admins
KSK\domain users
KSK\domain guests
KSK\group policy creator owners

Gongratulation! Enjoy!

Read related posts:

1. Samba & Active Directory

2. How do I join a Windows 2000/2003 Active Directory domain from Linux?

3. How do I configure kerberos for Active Directory (AD) integration on Linux?

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  3. onepiece on February 27th, 2007 12:15 am

    I have just tried to do as you said, but i can login in domain succcessful only with domain-admin users. when i login with domain-user account, there will be problem with graphic and i have to restart the system.Can you help me with this problem? Thanks.

  4. Planet Malaysia on February 27th, 2007 10:57 pm

    Hi onepiece, probably you should try on another Windows workstation. We don’t have any experience on similar problem before.

  5. Andrew on May 3rd, 2007 6:16 am

    Great job!
    This helped me out, while other searches and texts did not.

    The key to my problem was case sensitivity and some of the extra options for sigining

  6. Planet Malaysia on August 15th, 2008 2:24 pm

    How to Authenticate to Active Directory on SuSE Linux 9:

  7. » Samba integrate into Windows AD on November 10th, 2008 12:48 am
  8. oes tsetnoc on September 28th, 2009 3:06 pm

    Hi, Just like to tell you that this piece of info is one quick to the point, no nonsense, workable and effective way to have directories shared in Solaris as fast as possible. It worked for me and thank you for the effort. Keep up the good work.

  9. kumaresan on September 30th, 2009 2:29 pm

    Very nice to work on.
    I have completed everything.
    I have joined my fedora client to the AD.
    I can also use smbclient to look at the shared files.
    But I cant see anything in the network folder(or tell me where else can I look) to fetch the shares either from windows or fedora.

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