Configuring Samba 3.0 To Use The ADS Security Mode (CentOS) - Page 2

Configure Kerberos

If you're not familiar with Kerberos, there's a few things you can read to familiarize yourself with it:

The most important thing in configuring Kerberos is the /etc/krb5.conf file. There should be an example one in /etc you can modify (that's what I did). If not, then just create one. Here's a copy of mine:


default = FILE:/var/log/krb5libs.log

kdc = FILE:/var/log/krb5kdc.log

admin_server = FILE:/var/log/kadmind.log


ticket_lifetime = 24000

default_realm = FAHDAZIZ.COM.PK



kdc =

admin_server =

default_domain =





profile = /var/kerberos/krb5kdc/kdc.conf


pam = {

debug = false

ticket_lifetime = 36000

renew_lifetime = 36000

forwardable = true

krb4_convert = false


All of the literature I read said the realm name should be in upper case but doesn't have to be. I took their recommendation.

As you can see, I named my realm the same as the AD Domain name. It just so happens that my AD Domain name is the same as my network domain name but that's not always the case.

Use your AD DC as the kdc (Key Distribution Center) in your file. You should also list it as the admin server. If you have more than one DC in your AD domain, you can list them as kdc entries.

Once you get your krb5.conf file done, you can test it with the kinit command. Execute:

kinit username@REALM

where username is the name of an account in your AD Domain. It should prompt you for a password. Enter the password for that user in the AD Domain. Note that you must enter the name of the realm in uppercase letters.

If it executes without error, then execute klist to see your Kerberos ticket.

Here are the commands I entered:

[root@sambaserver home]$ kinit Administrator@FAHDAZIZ.COM.PK

Password for Administrator@FAHDAZIZ.COM.PK:

[root@sambaserver home]$ klist

Ticket cache: FILE:/tmp/krb5cc_500

Default principal: Administrator@FAHDAZIZ.COM.PK

Valid starting Expires Service principal

01/28/07 15:35:40 01/29/07 01:35:40 krbtgt/ FAHDAZIZ.COM.PK @ IVENTSTER.COM.PK

Kerberos 4 ticket cache: /tmp/tkt500

klist: You have no tickets cached

[root@sambaserver home]$

If you get any error messages, make sure that:

- you have no spelling errors in your krb5.conf file

- the times are synched on your machines

- the password has been changed at least once on the username you are using.

Once you get a ticket from the AD DC, test it out by using Kerberos authentication with the smbclient command to view the shares on your Win2k AD DC:

smbclient -L /servername -k

That should return a list of all the shares on the DC.

Here's how the command worked on my machine:

[root@sambaserver home]$ smbclient -L /server -k

Sharename Type Comment

--------- ---- -------

photos Disk


D$ Disk Default share

rlcowan Disk

NETLOGON Disk Logon server share

Family Disk

ADMIN$ Disk Remote Admin

SYSVOL Disk Logon server share

Linux Disk

C$ Disk Default share

Server Comment

--------- -------

Workgroup Master

--------- -------

[root@sambaserver home]$

After you execute that, you should have another ticket for the server. You can view it with klist like this:

[root@sambaserver home]$ klist

Ticket cache: FILE:/tmp/krb5cc_500

Default principal: Administrator@FAHDAZIZ.COM.PK

Valid starting Expires Service principal

09/28/03 15:35:40 09/29/03 01:35:40 krbtgt/ FAHDAZIZ.COM.PK @ FAHDAZIZ.COM.PK

09/28/03 15:42:13 09/29/03 01:35:40 pe500sc$@ FAHDAZIZ.COM.PK

Kerberos 4 ticket cache: /tmp/tkt500

klist: You have no tickets cached

[root@sambaserver home]$


Configure Samba

When you install Samba from the rpm package, it will also install SWAT. Before you configure Samba, I suggest you fire up SWAT and read the document listed on the SWAT home page titled "The Samba HOWTO Collection" It has a section in it that deals with Win2k AD and Kerberos.

You now need to make the changes to your smb.conf file to enable Kerberos authentication and so you can join the AD domain. The important lines in smb.conf are:

realm = YOUR.REALM

security = ads

password server = <ip address or name of DC>

Here's a copy of my smb.conf file:


workgroup = fahdaziz

netbios name = sambaserver

server string = Samba Server 3.0

security = ads


password server =

encrypt passwords = yes

printcap name = /etc/printcap

load printers = yes

printing = cups

log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log

max log size = 0

socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192

local master = no

domain master = no

preferred master = no

dns proxy = no

#============================ Share Definitions ==============================


comment = Home Directories

browseable = no

writable = yes

valid users = %S

create mode = 0664

directory mode = 0775


comment = All Printers

path = /var/spool/samba

browseable = yes

guest ok = yes

writable = no

printable = yes

Once you make the changes to smb.conf and before you start Samba, you need to join the AD domain. Before you do so there are two things that you should check:

- If there is a file named /etc/samba/secrets.tdb either delete, move or rename it. This file would be from your previous connections to the domain. A new one will be created when you join the domain.

- If there is an existing machine account in your AD domain for your Samba server, delete it. A new one will be created when you join the AD domain.

Here are the commands I used as root to join the AD domain:

kinit Administrator@FAHDAZIZ.COM.PK

net ads join -Uadministrator%password

The first command gets the Kerberos ticket you need to authenticate to the AD domain. You need to use the username of an account in your AD domain that has permission to join computers to the domain. The second command joins the domain.

If you're familiar with the command used with Samba 2.2 to join a domain, you'll notice the difference. smbpasswd is not used any more for this purpose.

If you successfully join the AD domain, you should receive a message stating that you successfully joined the Domain. You should also see a new /etc/samba/secrets.tdb file. There should also be a new machine account created in your Active Directory. If you look at the properties of the machine account, you should see that the OS is listed as Samba 3.0.

Once you've successfully joined the AD domain, start Samba in CentOS using:

service smb start

or use whatever command you use with your distribution to start Samba.

One advantage to using this type of authentication is that you don't need to create Samba accounts on the Linux server with the smbpasswdcommand. There is no need for the /etc/samba/smbpasswd file. You Windows users only need to be be concerned with one user account.

However, each user that accesses the Samba server will still need to have a valid Linux user account on the server that matches the account in the AD domain. The purpose of this account is to control access to the the Linux file system. The password for that account does not need to match the Win2k AD domain account password. The account doesn't even need to have the ability to log in locally to the Linux machine. It does have to exist however and it must have the proper permissions to the directories you are sharing out with Samba for the user to access them. This hasn't changed from Samba 2.2.

To get around the need for for local Linux accounts, you need to use winbind. It'll be interesting to see how that will work in conjuction with an AD domain. But that's the subject of another article.

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From: at: 2007-07-03 15:06:05

I was getting

ads_connect: Operations error

when trying to join the domain, it seems somehow related to the version of samba, 3.0.23.

You have to make sure your /etc/hosts file is correct, and that the domain (the FQDN) of your client machine is the same as of the domain of the ad machine.

Also, the client workgroup has to be the same as of the AD workgroup.

Finally, if instead of "net ads join" you use "net join" it will try ads then rpc join, and the last one was the one who worked for me.

Hope it helps. 




From: at: 2007-07-06 09:37:58

When facing problems, check Time vs Kerberos. Both are silent killers, even after you've authenticated.

The easiest way to resolve user related issues, is to use Winbind. Once that is fixed, is ridiculously easy to get everything to work properly.

Follow the instructions here, then follow the instructions from SAMBA (with a little intelligent changes), will set you up. Here is the link.

From: Yann at: 2012-02-03 15:52:38

Years afterward, still helps me ;)

Just encountered the error "Strong(er) authentication required" on last step : net ads join.

I solved it by installing  samba3x instead of samba.3.0 and added the following option to my smb.conf :

client ldap sasl wrapping = sign 



From: KeithInSac at: 2012-06-19 18:07:51

Content was very well written and explained.  Your article made this task as easy as could be.  Thanks!