[Samba] Samba AD Best Practice (DNS)

Pat Suwalski pat at suwalski.net
Thu Oct 12 16:03:18 UTC 2017

On 2017-10-12 11:47 AM, Rowland Penny via samba wrote:
> If you already have a domain, I would set up Active Directory as a
> subdomain of this, e.g. instead of using 'network.ca', use
> 'ad.network.ca' and the FQDN 'dc1.ad.network.ca' for the DC.

Thanks for the reply.

I think that ship's already sailed, the domain has been running as 
network.ca since Samba4 was in beta, and I can just imagine the headache 
of changing that over.

I wouldn't have done it that way, but at the time "dns forwarder" to me 
suggested that *all* (unknown) DNS entries would be forwarded to the 
main DNS server. Obviously, it's clear now that isn't the case.

I think I'm left with two options:

- Don't point DNS at the AD server.
- Allow some kind of zone copying. Not sure of samba's DNS server 
supports this.

Neither seems ideal.


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