Findings for installing Samba4 (alpha 18on Debian Squeeze

Amitay Isaacs amitay at
Thu Dec 22 18:02:30 MST 2011

Hi Nico,

On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 3:42 AM, Nico de Haer <nico.dehaer at> wrote:

> 3) samba_internal dns server broken?
> I noticed that samba has a built-in dns server that can be used by
> specifying --dns-backend=samba_internal during the provision stage. I had a
> go at it but could not get it to work. The provision itself worked ok but
> samba complains about a timeout when trying to update DNS. netstat -l shows
> that there is no DNS server running. That obviously explains the timeout
> but not why the dns server is not started. As I could not figure out how to
> get it going I went for bind 9.8 (I used the version from debian sid)
> instead...

Internal DNS server does not yet support dynamic dns updates. So DNS
updates for names (run from samba_dnsupdate script) will not work. For time
being you will have to used BIND with dlz_bind9.


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