[Samba] Using samba-python to query AD? Status of API?

Rowland Penny rowlandpenny241155 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 4 21:44:46 UTC 2015

On 04/11/15 21:31, pisymbol . wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 12:27 PM, Rowland Penny
> <rowlandpenny241155 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 04/11/15 17:11, pisymbol . wrote:
>>> On Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 11:09 AM, mathias dufresne <infractory at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> Once you have installed Samba to be able to run it as Active Directory
>>>> you
>>>> would have samba-tool available.
>>>> # which samba-tool
>>>> /usr/bin/samba-tool
>>>> # file /usr/bin/samba-tool
>>>> /usr/bin/samba-tool: Python script, ASCII text executable
>>>> # locate ldapcmp.py
>>>> /usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/samba/netcmd/ldapcmp.py
>>>> /usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/samba/netcmd/ldapcmp.pyc
>>>> /usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/samba/netcmd/ldapcmp.pyo
>>>> # file /usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/samba/netcmd/ldapcmp.py
>>>> /usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/samba/netcmd/ldapcmp.py: Python
>>>> script,
>>>> ASCII text executable
>>>> I gave the commands because they help to find where are really these
>>>> files.
>>>> They could be in some other directory on your system.
>>>> There are a lot of other (python) files in there.
>>> Hmph. This command doesn't look like its shipped in the standard
>>> samba4 CentOS RPMS. Bummer.
>> This could be because it is part of a Samba4 AD DC setup and (all together
>> now) you cannot set up an AD DC with RHEL based distros yet with the distro
>> packages, use the Sernet packages instead.
> Rowland et al:
> It seems samba-tool, at least in itself, doesn't really have what I'm
> looking for (a 'net ads search' equivalent). However, I do see things
> in source4/scripting/bin like 'rpcclient' for instance (which doesn't
> really work for me due to either not being able to import some modules
> OR missing DEBUGLEVEL_CLASS if I muck with my PYTHONPATH).
> I see that samba-python includes SOs of various pertinent libraries
> (like srvsvc.so, winbind.so, netlogin.so, samr.so etc.). Is there any
> documentation at all on any of this stuff? Or are all of these APIs
> really for internal consumption only?
> -aps

Ah, you want to search AD with python, as in 'ldbsearch -H 
/usr/local/samba/private/sam.ldb' (this will dump the AD database)
You will find lots of 'examples' in the python 'samba' directory that an 
install of a samba DC creates, these are used by samba-tool, well 
actually, they are samba-tool :-)

Also have a look here: 


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