[Samba] Joining Windows 2008 Domain as DC fails 4.10 (and 4.11rc3)

Vincent Sherwood vsmaillist at gmail.com
Wed Sep 11 20:29:25 UTC 2019


I am trying to add a samba DC to an existing Domain that has 2 Win2016
Domain Controllers but is still running at Domain Functional and Forest
levels 2008R2.

When I run the join command it goes most of the way through before
eventually erring out, and backing out everything it had done.

The command I used is
 samba-tool domain join MYDOMAIN  DC -U"administrator at mydomain.ext" -d 5

The error I get is below. Note that the line numbers are slightly out of
line with the real code as I have added some debug messages to try to
identify the issue .

Join failed - cleaning up
ldb_wrap open of secrets.ldb
Could not find machine account in secrets database: Failed to fetch machine
account password for MYDOMAIN  from both secrets.ldb (Could not find entry
to match filter: '(&(flatname=MYDOMAIN)(objectclass=primaryDomain))' base:
'cn=Primary Domains': No such object: dsdb_search at
../../source4/dsdb/common/util.c:4715) and from
/usr/local/samba/private/secrets.tdb: NT_STATUS_CANT_ACCESS_DOMAIN_INFO

Deleted ....  (removed actual backout lines)

ERROR(runtime): uncaught exception - (9003,
line 186, in _run
    return self.run(*args, **kwargs)
line 708, in run
  File "/usr/local/samba/lib64/python3.6/site-packages/samba/join.py", line
1579, in join_DC
  File "/usr/local/samba/lib64/python3.6/site-packages/samba/join.py", line
1473, in do_join
  File "/usr/local/samba/lib64/python3.6/site-packages/samba/join.py", line
1209, in join_add_dns_records
  File "/usr/local/samba/lib64/python3.6/site-packages/samba/samdb.py",
line 1186, in dns_lookup

To debug, in the function dns_lookup in samdb.py I added some debug
messages as follows

    def dns_lookup(self, dns_name, dns_partition=None):
        print("DNS Lookup 3-1 self %s",self );
        print("DNS Lookup 3-1 dns_name %s",dns_name );
        print("DNS Lookup 3-1 dns_partition %s",dns_partition );
        '''Do a DNS lookup in the database, returns the NDR database

        print("DNS Lookup 3-2 - no partition would return -
%s",dsdb_dns.lookup(self, dns_name));

        if dns_partition is None:
            print("DNS Lookup 3-2 dns_partition None" );
            return dsdb_dns.lookup(self, dns_name)
            print("DNS Lookup 3-2 dns_partition Other" );
            return dsdb_dns.lookup(self, dns_name,

Below is the output

DNS Lookup 3-1 self %s <ldb connection>
DNS Lookup 3-1 dns_name %s DCSAMBA4A.mydomain.ext
DNS Lookup 3-1 dns_partition %s DC=DomainDnsZones,DC=mydomain,DC=ext
DNS Lookup 3-2 - no partition would return - %s
[<dnsp.DnssrvRpcRecord talloc based object at 0x3bd38e0>])
DNS Lookup 3-2 dns_partition Other
Join failed - cleaning up
ldb_wrap open of secrets.ldb
Could not find machine account in secrets database:.......

This domain was originally created under Windows 2000 and has been upgraded
over the years.

The most obvious thing I see is that the search is looking for a record in
DomainDnsZones  which is not found. But the output of running the search
which would have been used if  dns_partition=None finds that there is a
record in MicrosoftDNS.  Not sure if that might be a clue to where things
started to go wrong at some earlier point in the process.

Anybody got any suggestions?


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