[Samba] Q: Samba AD, Pfsense, Windows 10, vpn

miguel medalha medalist at sapo.pt
Mon Jun 15 22:32:21 UTC 2020

>> Unfortunately the pfsense GUI isn't very intuitive or helpful with
>> connecting to AD:

>> "Could not connect to the LDAP server" means everything from DNS to
>> wrong user to missing client cert etc

I too struggled with "Could not connect to the LDAP server". The settings all looked good but still no luck. I finally discovered the cause, a bug in php. Look here:



" he way PHP requires an LDAP connection to be setup in the environment sometimes gets tripped up when you make changes. It's best to run 16/11 after making any change to LDAP settings.

I'd love to switch to a more reliable method, but it is still broken in PHP 7.3. See https://redmine.pfsense.org/issues/9417 for more detail there."

So, after configuring the LDAP page in pfSense, go to the console menu and use option 16 (Restart PHP-FPM) followed by option 11 (Restart webConfigurator). Suddenly, it all works. :-)

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