Samba 4.5 in CentOS 6.8 as Secondary DC with Microsoft Active Directory 2012R2

Hi guys ,

This time we are going to discuss about Samba and Windows AD . We can easily integrate Windows AD to Linux using samba packages . Lets start .

Some Notes :

1 .

It’s necessary to manually lower the domain and forest functional levels on the Windows 2012 server first, via Powershell:

Set-ADForestMode -Identity “mydom.local” -ForestMode Windows2008R2Forest

Set-ADDomainMode -Identity “mydom.local” -DomainMode Windows2008R2Domain

2. Need a fresh installed minimal CentOS 6.x OS . Disable SELinux and firewall . Update software packages .

Please check above notes and do as it is . Lets start ,

Primary AD ( Microsoft ) :  /

Secondary DC (CentOS ) : /

Login to Linux server ,

# cat /etc/resolv.conf


# yum groupinstall “development tools” -y

# yum install python-devel libgnutls-dev gnutls-devel libacl1-dev libacl-devel libldap2-dev openldap-devel wget gcc gcc-c++ krb5-server krb5-workstation -y

# wget

# tar -xvzf samba-4.5.0.tar.gz

# cd samba-4.5.0

# ./configure

# make

# make install

Now we successfully compiled Samba source package . We need to remove default samba configuration first then remount file system ( Some times AD join will popup an ACL error ) .

# rm -rf /usr/local/samba/etc/smb.conf

# mount -o remount,acl,user_xattr /dev/mapper/vg_ldap-lv_root

Now we are ready to add our Linux machine to Windows AD .

# /usr/local/samba/bin/samba-tool domain join DC -Uadministrator –

Now we successfully added our linux system to Active directory as a Secondary DC . But we need to configure some more settings . Lets check authentication .

Before that check both systems time (NTP) . If its not same authentication will get error .

# yum install ntp -y

# service ntpd start

# chkconfig ntpd on

Add Our primary DC as NTP server .

# vi /etc/ntp.conf

server iburst

# service ntpd restart

Now we need to change Kerberos configuration file .

# rm -rf /etc/krb5.conf

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

# kinit administrator@EXAMPLE.COM

# klist

For successful AD replication we need to Add A record and CNAME record in Microsoft AD .

#  /usr/local/samba/bin/ldbsearch -H /usr/local/samba/private/sam.ldb ‘(invocationid=*)’ –cross-ncs objectguid

# record 1
dn: CN=NTDS Settings,CN=LDAP,CN=Servers,CN=Default-First-Site-Name,CN=Sites,CN=Configuration,DC=example,DC=com
objectGUID: 640bcd46-cbc3-4451-8d82-cb37a255cbe1

# record 2
dn: CN=NTDS Settings,CN=AD,CN=Servers,CN=Default-First-Site-Name,CN=Sites,CN=Configuration,DC=example,DC=com
objectGUID: 89f017ee-dacf-4d51-a19b-fe54da97a79a


Copy that ObjectGUID and goto Microsoft Active directory .

First create A record for .

Then goto Forward Lookup Zone >  .

Create a CNAME here with our host objectGUID . In my case it is like below ,


640bcd46-cbc3-4451-8d82-cb37a255cbe1    Alias(CNAME)

Now authentication is working fine .Now we need to start DC replication . Every user created by master or slave need to replicated .

# /usr/local/samba/sbin/samba

# /usr/local/samba/bin/samba-tool drs showrepl

DSA Options: 0x00000001
DSA object GUID: 640bcd46-cbc3-4451-8d82-cb37a255cbe1
DSA invocationId: 4c115875-28b5-4c91-bcf0-66f4d74d935b


Default-First-Site-Name\AD01 via RPC
DSA object GUID: 89f017ee-dacf-4d51-a19b-fe54da97a79a
Last attempt @ Tue Oct 11 03:13:07 2016 EDT was successful
0 consecutive failure(s).
Last success @ Tue Oct 11 03:13:07 2016 EDT

Now we can see that replication is working fine . Lets check now ,

List all AD users.

# /usr/local/samba/bin/samba-tool user list

Create new user in Active directory and check again . If its showing all is good. Your secondary server is ready to go .

List all member computers .

# /usr/local/samba/bin/pdbedit -L -w | grep ‘\[[WI]’


This setup is very useful if you have single windows license and you need Active Directory replica . This is for you .

Enjoy .


One Comment Add yours

  1. manuel castillo says:

    Hello there, i tried to follow this tutorial step by step but I can’t achieve that my “centos server” can join to windows server domain. I got the next error message:

    Usage: samba-tool doain join [DC:RODC:MEMBER:SUBDOMAIN] [options]

    samba-tool domain join: error: no such option: -r

    Thank you for your time and I hope you can give me a one answer.


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