[Samba] Debian samba backport 4.4.5-3 starting problems, some info and fix.

L.P.H. van Belle belle at bazuin.nl
Mon Oct 17 12:43:30 UTC 2016

I have had messages that there where starting problems with starting samba after reboot.


I've looked into this. This happens when you removed and reinstall samba.


First install always with as followed.  ( samba 4 AD NEEDS WINBIND also! )


Samba 4 AD DC                      : apt-get install samba winbind

Samba 4 Member file server     : apt-get install samba (and/or winbind )

Samba 4 Member print server   : apt-get install samba (and/or winbind )

Samba 4 Member Proxy           : apt-get install winbind ( if you dont need shares and only auth and/or kerberos key refreshing )


Samba 4 PDC : apt-get install samba winbind


And all depending on you needs offcourse.


If you already installed samba and now after reboot samba/winbind isnt starting.


Backup! :





apt-get remove samba winbind --purge

now if you install again, you get a message:


Setting up samba-common (2:4.4.5+dfsg-3~bpo8+1) ...

Not replacing deleted config file /etc/samba/smb.conf

Install/upgrade will fail. To recover, please try:

 sudo cp /usr/share/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf

 sudo dpkg --configure -a

Setting up samba-common-bin (2:4.4.5+dfsg-3~bpo8+1) ...


and this one is easy overlooked.


now run :

sudo cp /usr/share/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf

sudo dpkg --configure -a


and reboot the server and check if nmbd/smbd (=samba) and/or winbind are running.


if your still in a setup phase of you network.  


run :

apt-get remove samba winbind --purge

apt-get autoremove --purge

to clear up any errors and reinstall.

apt-get install samba winbind



Defaults in /etc/rc2.d/

ls -al /etc/rc2.d/





All init scripts here check if its needed to start or not. 



And these are the systemctl defaults.

systemctl is-enabled samba-ad-dc



systemctl is-enabled samba



systemctl is-enabled nmbd



systemctl is-enabled smbd



systemctl is-enabled winbind








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