[Samba] Cannot authenticate the administrator account

Rowland Penny rowlandpenny at googlemail.com
Wed Apr 29 14:24:48 MDT 2015

On 29/04/15 20:37, Sketch wrote:
> On Wed, 29 Apr 2015, Andrey Repin wrote:
>> Greetings, Sketch!
>>>> workgroup = INTERNAL
>>>> realm = EXAMPLE.COM
>>>> netbios name = SAMBA
>>> Looks that way to me.  Your realm should include the workgroup name:
>> Nothing is "SHOULD" as long as the settings follow basic requirements
>> (single-label NETBIOS domain name, resolvable REALM name).
>> I.e. I have domains provisioned with "ADS.<netbios domain name>.<tld>"
>> All works fine, given correct DNS configuration.
> Netbios name is basically irrelevant here.  Do you mean that the realm 
> name does not have to match the workgroup name?

I don't know how I can say this plainer, the only thing that has to 
match is the realm name and the dns domain name, if your dns domain name 
is 'internal.example.com' then your kerberos realm must be 

The netbios domain name (also known as workgroup name), can be 
*anything* you like, but it is usually the lefthand hand part of the dns 
domain name, 'INTERNAL' from the given example, but you could use 
'BUTTERCUP' or 'MOON' or *ANYTHING* else, just as long as it is a single 
word, of not more than 15 characters.


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