[cifs-protocol] nTDSDSA Object and serverreference attribute

Matthieu Patou mat at samba.org
Fri Nov 2 11:23:06 MDT 2012

On 10/25/2012 09:25 AM, Sebastian Canevari wrote:
> Hi Matt,
> I have tested the population of the serverReference attribute in the NTDSSettings object and I've confirmed that it does not get populated by Windows.
> Anyways, I've consulted with the PG and they confirmed my findings and pointed me to [MS-DRSR]  " CreateNtdsDsa" where the pseudo code states:
> ...
> /* serverReference attribute is not updated here; instead, it is used
> 	* to find the computer object of the DC so that the replication SPN
> 	 * can be added to the DC's computer object. */
> 	sl := ENTINF_GetValue(e, serverReference, prefixTable)
> 	ENTINF_SetValue(e, serverReference, null, prefixTable) ...
> In conclusion, the ServerReference attribute for nTDSDSA Object should not be updated at the NTDSSettings level but only at the server object level.
Ok but then how to explain that windows 2008R2  actually populate this 
Thanks for the information.


Matthieu Patou
Samba Team

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