[Samba] AD DNS scavenging and winbind:

Matthew J. Salerno vagabond_king at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 14 14:31:18 MST 2010

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From: Matthew J. Salerno <vagabond_king at yahoo.com>
To: samba at lists.samba.org
Sent: Wed, January 13, 2010 2:08:57 PM
Subject: [Samba] AD DNS scavenging and winbind:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.4 (Tikanga)
Samba 3.0.33-3.15.el5_4.1

I have run into an issue where the DNS records added by a net ads join seem to be being scavenged.  From what I understand, Windows servers/workstations check in (update their host record) on the AD DNS server on a regular basis.  So the question is, how can I have samba/winbind do the same?

I could just setup a cron job that executes: net ads dns register -P

But that's kind of ugly.

I know I can't be the first person to see this behavior.   Is there a more elegant solution?



Is there any native way to mimic the below functionality of a windows server/workstation?  Or am I stuck with a cron job?


By default, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 reregister their A and
PTR resource records every 24 hours regardless of the computer's role.


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