how does a Linux/Samba host join an exisiting windows domain?

Rafal Szczesniak mimir at
Sat Jun 11 22:33:17 GMT 2005

On Fri, Jun 10, 2005 at 12:25:25PM -0700, changxun wu wrote:
> I'm a graduate student and interested in how Samba supports windows
> domain protocols. Could any guru please tell me briefly how exactly
> Windows domain protocol works?

There's no brief explanation of how this thing works. This is why it
took so long for Samba to actually start supporting it.

> I mean, how could a new Linux host
> running Samba join an existing windows domain (assuming there is a
> windows domain controller running already)? What kind of messages are
> exchanged between this Samba box and the windows domain controller?

You need to read a lot about MS-RPC and named pipes. I presume we're
talking about NT domains here.

> Or, I'd also appreciate it if you could refer me to some good
> links/documents to read. Thanks.

Again, there're actually no usable documents. MSDN at microsoft might
serve some information, but nothing about how the things gets
transported over the network.

Rafal Szczesniak
Samba Team member

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