[Samba] Using samba-tool to join a linux file server to the domain doesn't appear to work

Patrick Goetz pgoetz at math.utexas.edu
Thu Nov 4 16:55:04 UTC 2021

On 11/4/21 11:09, Rowland Penny via samba wrote:
> On Thu, 2021-11-04 at 11:00 -0500, Patrick Goetz via samba wrote:
>> On 11/4/21 10:49, cn--- via samba wrote:
>>> Am 04.11.21 um 16:43 schrieb Patrick Goetz via samba:
>>>> While you're looking at this, would it be possible to add code to
>>>> add
>>>> a PTR record as well as the A record?  This would match the
>>>> behavior
>>>> for Windows AD controllers.
>>> The default on Windows does not create the PTR. Usually you have to
>>> set
>>> up a GPO that the clients update their PTR.
>> I have no idea, but I checked with one of my colleagues who is a
>> Windows
>> guru/domain admin, and he insisted that both an A and PTR record are
>> created for the domain member when you join the (Windows server)
>> domain.
> He has probably inherited a domain that has a GPO set to do this (or
> something similar), Windows does not, out of the box, create reverse
> records.

Several people have mentioned that this can be done via GPO, but I can't 
fathom what kind of GPO this be.  Where would it be applied? Is there a 
special GPO template for things like this?

>> The caveat to this is the AD domain at my university is an
>> unbelievable
>> mess that they've tinkered with for over a decade.
> You just described all places of learning, they all appear to be a
> mess, probably because all teachers think they know everything and
> usually know nothing.
>>   Imagine a book
>> written by 100 monkeys, each with their own typewriter with pages
>> assembled by an inebriated octopus, and you won't be too far off.
> Sounds about right.
>>> I would also like this to happen automatically but by default the
>>> reverse zone is not created in a Samba AD. I don't know about
>>> Windows
>>> there but I doubt it done there.
> Windows will work without a reverse zone, so it isn't created by
> default, but as they have found out, everything else that Windows works
> with will not.
> Rowland

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