[Samba] DNS managment error

Garth Keesler garthk at gdcjk.com
Tue Aug 27 10:40:00 MDT 2013

This issue has been discussed at length before with no resolution to my 
knowledge. If you use "samba-tool drs showrepl", you will probably 
notice that Forest and Domain DNS is not being replicated to/from all 
DCs. Additionally, if you use Win2003 DNS MMC, you will not be able to 
detect that DNS is running on the Samba DCs nor that they are DCs at 
all. I have only tested this using internal Samba DNS but have found no 
workaround and have dropped trying to use Samba to demote/replace a 
Win2003 DC for now.

Good luck,

On 08/27/2013 09:58 AM, Antun Horvat wrote:
> Hello,
> i have an issue with existing installation of samba4 domain controller
> that is specific to dns managment.
> In the domain I have two samba4 4.0.7 and one windows 2003 server that I
> plug periodically to manage the dns.
> All fsmo roles are transfered to samba.
> All aspects of the domain work perfectly, except one, the samba-tool dns
> commands do not work.
> All commands when executed on samba server return "ERROR(runtime):
> uncaught exception - (9717, 'WERR_DNS_ERROR_DS_UNAVAILABLE')" error. The
> same command pointed to windows server works fine.
> All commands that add hosts to window are replicated to samba instances.
> The domain is functioning at 2003 native level (reported by windows
> tool), but samba can't figure out the level.
> Also when i try to demote the w2k3 server i get the error that "Active
> Directory could not find another domain controller to transfer the
> remaining data in the directory partition
> DC=DomainDnsZones,Dc=example,dc=com"
> Could you please point me to the right resources so that i can resolve
> my current issues.
> Thanks in advance, and I wish best to all Samba community.
> ps
> If you need some kind of help, such as testing rc's in certain
> configuration, please contact me.

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