[Samba] Failure to join existing domain Windows 2003 Server domain

Denis Cardon denis.cardon at tranquil-it-systems.fr
Fri May 17 08:51:17 MDT 2013

Hi Tony,

>> Hi, before I start, I would like to point out that this is a guess, I have never
>> done what you are trying to do, BUT.
>> Is the DC you are trying to join to, running as an exchange server? if it is, I do
>> not think the join will work because, as standard samba4 does not have the
>> exchange schema, it may work if you add openchange to your samba4
>> server.
>> As I said this is all just a guess. ;-)
>> Rowland
> The particular DC does not have any Exchange components, but yes we Exchange in the organization.

Exchange servers adds schema to the Active Directory, even if it is 
installed on another servers.

> This was a pilot project, I think this is the point to shelve it for a few months and see what the landscape looks like then.  Thanks very much for the information.

I don't have exchange server currently running with samba4, but I have 
been able to switch MSAD to samba4 even though there was old Exchange 
2000 schema loaded. The ldap entries are still there and I didn't have 
any issues when adding a samba4 DC to the MSAD and synchronizing. 
Actually when synchronising, you transfert both data and schema definition.

However you may not be as smooth with other Exchange version. Keep on 
trying, samba4 is worth it!



> Tony
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