samba4 net join with pre-existing account

kiran kumar cnvkiran at
Sun Jul 11 13:39:47 MDT 2010

I was also keen on knowing if this is possible. In our case, we use
Samba-3 'winbindd' to authenticate the users with the help of Windows
Domain Controller.

Is there any specific reason for having to create an account through
"net join" and not use a pre-created account in Domain Controller. My
only concern is in specifying the administrators password using "net


On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 9:56 AM, Sam Liddicott <sam at> wrote:
>  Is it possible to have samba4 join a domain without providing the
> administrator password (as can be done on windows) by pre-creating the
> computer account before provisioning?
> Normally I have my samba4 server join a domain with:
> $ net join $WORKGROUP member --realm=$REALM -U Administrator
> and provide a domain Administrator password
> I read here:
> that it should be possible to pre-create the computer account on the domain
> controller with something like:
> c:\> netdom add $SAMBAHOST
> (which works)
> and then on the client:
> The samba4 equivalent "net join" doesn't seem to have an option that doesn't
> require an administrator password.
> Possibly samba3 "net ads" can handle this - but I recall that samba4 "net
> join" uses netbios to join the domain instead of the rpc's used by samba3.
> I think I've now danced around the question; is the answer:
> 1. I need to bring "net ads" to samba 4
> 2. something else
> thanks
> Sam
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> *Sam's signature*

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