Unable to join a domain with windows 7 beta1

Jouko Markkanen jouko at markkanen.net
Wed Jan 14 15:51:11 GMT 2009

Ah, sorry, I failed to mention that. I have two vista computers (both 
SP1, although one was joined already before SP1) as members of the samba 
domain. The other one I just joined without any policy modifications or 
anything, using vista default settings. No problems there, but there are 
no roaming profiles in use.

- J

James Tandy wrote:
> Firstly Apologies if this has already been suggested - I havent had time 
> to read all the history of this issue.
> Have you tried to join a Vista pc to the domain in question, if so is 
> that sucessful?
> All of my networks currently have XP only, mainly due to roaming 
> profiles and all the changes that have been made to the way Vista 
> handles roaming.
> I'd expect that to be the same in Windows 7, although I havent got round 
> to installing the beta yet.
> If you cant get Vista to join, I wouldnt expect much success in getting 
> Windows 7 to join.
> Regards,
> James Tandy
> Jouko Markkanen wrote:
>> Luke Howard wrote:
>>> On 14/01/2009, at 10:25 PM, Volker Lendecke wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 10:14:07PM +1100, Luke Howard wrote:
>>>>> I found something weird (and similar) with Windows 7.
>>>>> Adding "wins support = yes" to smb.conf got me past the domain join,
>>>>> but it then appeared to insist that the NetBIOS domain name was the
>>>>> left-most component of the DNS domain (not that this should matter for
>>>>> Samba 3).
>>>> The main question is -- does Windows 7 still join a native
>>>> NT4 domain?
>>> Surely yes. But I don't know, I haven't tried (or heard anything from 
>>> MS).
>> I was pondering the same, but couldn't a definite answer from 
>> msdn/technet or anywhere. The release notes don't mention any changes 
>> to networking concepts since vista, so I'd believe it should support 
>> it. Maybe I could try to install a NT server and test with it, it 
>> might even be a fun piece of nostalgy :)
>> However, I did not find any change with using WINS or not (there is 
>> WINS support in vista which would also point to the direction that NT 
>> domains are supported).
>> And, about the network location concept, that is also in Vista, so 
>> nothing new there. It actually does not affect what you can access, 
>> but who can access you. If you use a "public" location, windows 
>> disables cifs file sharing and upnp media shares etc., and you can 
>> configure different rules for windows firewall for different 
>> connection profiles. I don't think that this has anything to do with 
>> the issues.
>> Did I understand correctly that Luke you got a Win 7 joined to Samba 3 
>> domain? So far I have not seen a confirmed case that anyone has 
>> accomplished it.
>> - J

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