[Samba] Join Windows machines to a Samba3 domain

Lea Massiot lmloge at orange.fr
Thu Jan 16 05:04:19 MST 2014

Hello and thank you for reading my post.

My problem is about joining Windows machines to a Samba3 domain.

Below is what happened:

1) I installed the three servers DHCPD, BIND9 and SAMBA on a machine A
running Debian Wheezy. 
   I managed to join all the Windows machines in the LAN to the Samba3
domain properly. 
   I insist on the fact that, at this point, everything was running
properly: I could see and access all the shares in the LAN.

2) Then, I tried to join a brand new Windows Server 2012 R2 to the domain
and it failed.

3) I decided to install Samba4 on the machine A.
   I couldn't make it work because I do not have enough time presently to
set up a Samba4 server as it's not straightforward.
   So I decided to revert to the previous configuration with a Samba3
   After I did this nothing was working anymore.
   The Windows machines failed to join the domain.

4) So I reinstalled on another machine B running Debian Wheezy the triplet
of services DHCPD, BIND9, SAMBA3.

Here is the problem:
now, every time I try to join a Windows machine to the domain (whether it is
an XP, a 7 or a Server 2003 OS) it fails with the message:

Can you help me solve that problem?
I've been checking my configurations: they look correct.
I don't know if there is something to do either on the Samba3 server or on
the Windows machines or on both of them to make this work again.
Best regards.

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