Microsoft Dfs root description in AD

Richard Sharpe rsharpe at
Thu Apr 24 18:50:56 GMT 2003

On Thu, 24 Apr 2003, Antti Tikkanen wrote:

> On Tue, 22 Apr 2003, Antti Tikkanen wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Has anyone given any effort in examining the Dfs root descriptions stored
> > in Active Directory. I think the required information is stored in
> > somewhere close to:
> >
> >   dn: CN=dfs,CN=Dfs-Configuration,CN=System,DC=my,DC=domain,DC=com
> >
> > More precisely, the attribute pKT contains the root description I think?
> > I gather no specification on this has been published by Microsoft? Does
> > anyone have any pointers as to where I could start?
> >
> > The reason I'm digging into this is that I would like smbclient to have
> > seamless access to my Windows 2000 fileservers.
> Answering to myself, I should probably take no other answers to mean that
> no research has been done on this?


> Does the Samba team have any use for the information if someone were to
> reverse engineer this (if reverse engineering is indeed necessary)?

More importantly, won't smbclient have to interact with the kdc to do all 
the authentication stuff before trying to log onto an AD-based server?

Richard Sharpe, rsharpe[at], rsharpe[at], 

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