[Samba] Problem getting Samba 3.0.14a to join NT domain as BDC

Richard Heggs richard.heggs at nottinghamcity.gov.uk
Mon Apr 25 14:31:44 GMT 2005

Hi list,

This is driving me to distraction.

I have installed the 3.0.14a RPMS on SLES8, and am following chapter 9 of the
'By Example' documentation, to migrate from an NT domain to a Samba domain
backed by LDAP.

I have followed the instructions up to the point where I enter:
net rpc join -S pdc_it -U Administrator%password

Unfortunately, this responds with:
Creation of workstation account failed
Unable to join domain NCC-INTERNET.

I can ping the PDC from the BDC-in-waiting, and vice versa.
'net rpc info -S pdc_it' returns
Domain SID: S-1-5-21-1715208214-1745711169-1221738049
Sequence number: 43615
Num users: 3052
Num domain groups: 13
Num local groups: 5

'net getlocalsid' returns
SID for domain LINUX1 is: S-1-5-21-1715208214-1745711169-1221738049

Also, I've had a look at the event log of the PDC, and I see this error:
The session setup from the computer LINUX1 failed because there is no trust
account in the security database for this computer. The name of the account
referenced in the security database is LINUX1$.

The server manager doesn't list either LINUX1 or LINUX1$.  I've tried
repeating the whole process, but first adding a BDC account to the domain
manually, but I get the same result.

I'm at a loss what to do... any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Richard Heggs
Systems Analyst
Nottingham City Council
Tel: 0115 9154029

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