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

Rowland Penny rowlandpenny241155 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 5 16:41:44 UTC 2015

On 05/11/15 16:38, pisymbol . wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 10:06 AM, Rowland Penny
> <rowlandpenny241155 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 05/11/15 14:59, pisymbol . wrote:
>>> On Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 4:44 PM, Rowland Penny
>>> <rowlandpenny241155 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> 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 :-)
>>> No, I don't want to dump the LDB, I want to query an actual Windows DC
>>> (same as 'net ads search' command).
>> That was just an example, but why are you asking on a Samba mailing list for
>> information on howto query a windows DC??
>> You can use ldbsearch or ldapsearch for this, or use windows tools from a
>> windows machine.
> Yes, I understand all that. But the 'net ads search' wrapper is a lot
> nicer than the openldap clients.
> But perhaps you're right, maybe OpenLDAP is indeed what I really want
> and are a bit misguided by leveraging 'net ads search' stuff out of
> the samba tools so heavily.
> -aps

It might help if you explained just what you are trying to achieve, you 
may be trying to re-invent the wheel.


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