[Samba] AD DC without integrated DNS

Rowland penny rpenny at samba.org
Mon May 4 20:16:52 UTC 2020

On 04/05/2020 21:06, Magnus Holmgren via samba wrote:
> Yes, samba_dnsupdate successfully injects all the necessary RRs, both for the
> domain and for the forest, except they don't get separated into two zones. But
> that's just an technical-organizational detail when there's only one AD domain
> anyway. As long as all the A/AAAA and SRV records are in place and can be
> found by the clients, what, exactly, would not work? Joining a machine to an
> AD domain doesn't require adding DNS records to its zone; the FQDN of the
> machine can be entirely different, AFAICT. Are there any DNS-related
> operations that require talking some other protocol? (samba_dnsupgrade falling
> back to samba-tool when DDNS doesn't work will of course not be an option.)
Samba AD uses exactly the same dns records as Windows AD.
> Exactly. I said we're hardly planning on joining any Windows machines to the
> domain, and they're mostly running Windows Home anyway (we could buy Pro
> upgrades, though).

As I said, you cannot join Windows home to a domain, but you can join a 
Linux computer.

If you are planning to use kerberos on Linux, then Samba AD is probably 
the easiest way of doing it, but you need DNS for kerberos to work.


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