Connecting Fedora into Win2003 Domain

Posted on 2004-11-01
Last Modified: 2013-12-06
I am a complete newbie to Linux, so you guys will have to be patient with me!  I have got linux set up, networking is fine,I can map to shares on my other machines OK. I would like to know if my Linux box can 'join' my 2003 domain? Also by joining the domain will I be able to log into linux using my domains username/pass?
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       You need to setup "Samba" to do it.
       However, it is not really "join" the Windows active directory as the other Windows PC do. But you can set your Linux password
    sync with Windows server's.

       Please check the URL for more details:

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    The linux box does join the domain because it has to be authentified in the Domain Controller with Kerberos, this adds a new "pc" in the Domain.

    You must have these installed:

    * kerberos client (
    * samba server with winbind (
    * samba client ( usually your linux box has this installed)

    These files must be edited:

    ** krb5.conf
    You must specify your REALM, IP parameters and the Domain. The krb5.conf file has author's comnments about how to do this.

    Add "winbind" in the passwd, group, host lines. This for the domain accounts mapping into the linux box.
    passwd files winbind
    group files winbind
    host file dns winbind

    workgroup = domain logon name (e.g. you can have a domain with a logon workgroup of company-domain-server)
    security = ads if you have Active Directory or set to domain if you have another one
    realm = must be the realm
    password server = *
    encript password = yes
    winbind separator = +
    id map key gid = 10000-20000
    winbin enum users = yes
    winbind enum group = yes
    template home dir = /home/win/%U ("win" can be changed, is just an example)
    template shell = /bin/bash (or your preferred shell)

    Then you do: (as root. indicated by the # symbol)
    # netads -s YOUR_DC_IP join

    You have your computer in the domain and you have the domain account mapped into your system

    you can type:

    # getent passwd
    and see your domain accounts for verification

    NOTE: The smb.conf options aren't the exact name. Just to give you an idea.

    I MAY have an err. That's the way it should be done as I can remember.
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    For your domain users to log in the linux box, you must edit your PAM settings.

    Here are some links after googling for your question:,39020469,2122363,00.htm

    This page describes exactly what you want (I think):
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    I've just built a server to serve our pc's.  it can be done.  
    I've spent the last couple of days doing just this.  I had to use the pre-releases due to circumstances in my environment here at work.

    I would wait a month or 2 before tackling this project.  and here's why..
    there's been a breakage between windows server 2003AD and samba.  Jerry, and the rest of the programmers on the samba team are doing a great job working on it.  

    there's a disconnect between the kerberos authentication backend and samba itself if the kerberos realm is different than the dns domain. there's also an issue with the encription types etc.. etc.. we can thank Microsofts implementation of kerberos... I won't go into the gory details

    I would wait until there is a production release of  samba 3.0.8  don't use 3.0.7 with a win2k3 AD domain.

    here's what I used and it seemd to work.  mind you the version of samba is not a production release yet...

    if you want to play here's the url for these downloads
    samba-swat-3.0.8pre2-1.i386.rpm <---this is part of the version, but don't use swat.  it changes double quotes to single quotes around things that need to be quoted...

    also, you'll need to make sure you are using these can be had using the fedora updater "yum"

    also RTFM    the docs are pretty good if you follow them the links above look good.
    we can help you out here if you need more help.



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    mmartha, Where so I find the files in order to edit them? As  you are probablly gathering I am a Windows guy, this is my first foray into the confusing world of Linux!
    One other question, Can Linux be a domain controller? By that I mean if I wanted to set up an entire network using Linux could I have a central account like in AD for Windows?
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    > Where so I find the files in order to edit them
    /etc/krb5.conf, /etc/nsswitch.conf, /etc/samba/smb.conf

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    alternatively, you can do:

    # find / -name krb5.conf
    # find / -name nsswitch.conf
    # find / -name smb.conf


    MMarts ;D
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    Yes, Linux can be a PDC (Primary Domain Controller) trough samba. I haven't done this, but you can read about how to do it here: (You need to register, but is free)

    Google it. :)


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