Samba is a free Open Source software which provides a standard interoperability between Windows OS and Linux/Unix Operating Systems.
Samba can operate as a standalone file and print server for Windows and Linux clients through the SMB/CIFS protocol suite or can act as an Active Directory Domain Controller or joined into a Realm as a Domain Member. The highest AD DC domain and forest level that currently Samba4 can emulate is Windows 2008 R2.
The series will be titled Setting Up Samba4 Active Directory Domain Controller, which covers following topics for Ubuntu, CentOS, and Windows:
This tutorial will start by explaining all the steps you need to take care off in order to install and configure Samba4 as a Domain Controller on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 14.04.
This configuration will provide a central management point for users, machines, volume shares, permissions and other resources in a mixed-up Windows – Linux infrastructure.
- Ubuntu 16.04 Server Installation.
- Ubuntu 14.04 Server Installation.
- A static IP Address configured for your AD DC server.
Step 1: Initial Configuration for Samba4
1. Before proceeding your Samba4 AD DC installation first let’s run a few pre-required steps. First make sure the system is up to date with the last security features, kernels and packages by issuing the below command:
$ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get upgrade $ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
2. Next, open machine /etc/fstab file and assure that your partitions file system has ACLs enabled as illustrated on the below screenshot.
Usually, common modern Linux file systems such as ext3, ext4, xfs or btrfs support and have ACLs enabled by default. If that’s not the case with your file system just open /etc/fstab file for editing and add
acl string at the end of third column and reboot the machine in order to apply changes.
3. Finally setup your machine hostname with a descriptive name, such as
adc1 used in this example, by editing /etc/hostname file or by issuing.
$ sudo hostnamectl set-hostname adc1
A reboot is necessary after you’ve changed your machine name in order to apply changes.
Step 2: Install Required Packages for Samba4 AD DC
4. In order to transform your server into an Active Directory Domain Controller, install Samba and all the required packages on your machine by issuing the below command with root privileges in a console.
$ sudo apt-get install samba krb5-user krb5-config winbind libpam-winbind libnss-winbind
5. While the installation is running a series of questions will be asked by the installer in order to configure the domain controller.
On the first screen you will need to add a name for Kerberos default
REALM in uppercase. Enter the name you will be using for your domain in uppercase and hit Enter to continue..
6. Next, enter the hostname of Kerberos server for your domain. Use the same name as for your domain, with lowercases this time and hit Enter to continue.
7. Finally, specify the hostname for the administrative server of your Kerberos realm. Use the same as your domain and hit Enter to finish the installation.
Step 3: Provision Samba AD DC for Your Domain
8. Before starting to configure Samba for your domain, first run the below commands in order to stop and disable all samba daemons.
$ sudo systemctl stop samba-ad-dc.service smbd.service nmbd.service winbind.service $ sudo systemctl disable samba-ad-dc.service smbd.service nmbd.service winbind.service
9. Next, rename or remove samba original configuration. This step is absolutely required before provisioning Samba AD because at the provision time Samba will create a new configuration file from scratch and will throw up some errors in case it finds an old
$ sudo mv /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf.initial
10. Now, start the domain provisioning interactively by issuing the below command with root privileges and accept the default options that Samba provides you.
Also, make sure you supply the IP address for a DNS forwarder at your premises (or external) and choose a strong password for Administrator account. If you choose a week password for Administrator account the domain provision will fail.
$ sudo samba-tool domain provision --use-rfc2307 --interactive
11. Finally, rename or remove Kerberos main configuration file from /etc directory and replace it using a symlink with Samba newly generated Kerberos file located in /var/lib/samba/private path by issuing the below commands:
$ sudo mv /etc/krb5.conf /etc/krb5.conf.initial $ sudo ln -s /var/lib/samba/private/krb5.conf /etc/
12. Start and enable Samba Active Directory Domain Controller daemons.
$ sudo systemctl start samba-ad-dc.service $ sudo systemctl status samba-ad-dc.service $ sudo systemctl enable samba-ad-dc.service
13. Next, use netstat command in order to verify the list of all services required by an Active Directory to run properly.
$ sudo netstat –tulpn| egrep ‘smbd|samba’
Step 4: Final Samba Configurations
14. At this moment Samba should be fully operational at your premises. The highest domain level Samba is emulating should be Windows AD DC 2008 R2.
It can be verified with the help of samba-tool utility.
$ sudo samba-tool domain level show
15. In order for DNS resolution to work locally, you need to open end edit network interface settings and point the DNS resolution by modifying dns-nameservers statement to the IP Address of your Domain Controller (use 127.0.0.1 for local DNS resolution) and dns-search statement to point to your realm.
$ sudo cat /etc/network/interfaces $ sudo cat /etc/resolv.conf
When finished, reboot your server and take a look at your resolver file to make sure it points back to the right DNS name servers.
16. Finally, test the DNS resolver by issuing queries and pings against some AD DC crucial records, as in the below excerpt. Replace the domain name accordingly.
$ ping -c3 tecmint.lan #Domain Name $ ping -c3 adc1.tecmint.lan #FQDN $ ping -c3 adc1 #Host
Run following few queries against Samba Active Directory Domain Controller..
$ host -t A tecmint.lan $ host -t A adc1.tecmint.lan $ host -t SRV _kerberos._udp.tecmint.lan # UDP Kerberos SRV record $ host -t SRV _ldap._tcp.tecmint.lan # TCP LDAP SRV record
17. Also, verify Kerberos authentication by requesting a ticket for the domain administrator account and list the cached ticket. Write the domain name portion with uppercase.
$ kinit [email protected] $ klist
That’s all! Now you have a fully operational AD Domain Controller installed in your network and you can start integrate Windows or Linux machines into Samba AD.
On the next series we’ll cover other Samba AD topics, such as how to manage you’re the domain controller from Samba command line, how to integrate Windows 10 into the domain name and manage Samba AD remotely using RSAT and other important topics.
129 thoughts on “Create an Active Directory Infrastructure with Samba4 on Ubuntu – Part 1”
Hi, can you post an article on how to connect Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Desktop samba server with an existing Windows Server 2016 R2 standard Active Directory Service.?
I have tried and it didn’t work below was a detailed query on askubuntu website.
Thanks this Tutorial is very helpful.
It would be very helpful to explain how it works with a systemd Networking configuration.
With krb5.conf there are a lot of workorounds to make because Samba got some bugs to handle.
Step 15 does not apply to Ubuntu 20.04 which is the latest version. After a lot of search, I found the solution here – https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-deploy-samba-on-linux-as-an-active-directory-domain-controller/
Scroll down to How to test the DC configuration
I’m a newbie.
I like this website and the above article is very helpful for me.
After building the Samba AD-DC on Centos 7, I cannot alter the ownership of the profile share I created. I try
# chgrp -R "Domain Users" /path/to/profile, and I get Domain Users invalid group.
Pretty straightforward! Thanks
I need to integrate the squid to authenticate to the samba LDAP, I followed this tutorial for configuring the samba. Do you have any tutorials that can help me?
Hi! Did you find anything with LDAP auth?
I have some questions about SambaAD.
Here they are :