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

David Mulder dmulder at samba.org
Mon Nov 8 18:08:57 UTC 2021

On 11/8/21 9:09 AM, Peter Milesson via samba wrote:
> A lot written about the problem joining a domain using samba-tool. As 
> Patrick described, I've got exactly the same behavior.
> I've got a newly installed VM with Debian Bullseye with Louis' packages 
> 4.15.1, and I have joined it to my domain. The AD is also Bullseye using 
> Louis' packages 4.15.1 (upgraded from Buster to Bullseye with the 
> standard Samba packages 4.13, and then to Louis' packages). The AD has 
> been working without problems for more than 18 months.
> Joining with samba-tool works, sort of, with a few error messages that 
> some *.ldb files were not found, ending the command with domain 
> successfully joined. Having a look with Users and Computers 
> administrative tool under Windows, the member server is registered in 
> AD. There is however, no DNS entry for the new member server. The older 
> command net ads join works to the point. The member server is registered 
> both in AD and DNS. I understand that it's a bit awkward getting a DNS 
> registration, but not a PTR record. In a huge network it's certainly a 
> great help. Personally, I can digest that I must set up a PTR record for 
> the Linux box myself, as it's a very small network.
> I'm grateful that this problem is under active discussion, otherwise I 
> would probably have been tearing my hair, and using foul language. As an 
> advanced user I'm not going to dig down too much in the Samba innards, 
> and I'm satisfied that I can continue with configuration of the server.
> Thanks to the developers for a great product, and the list moderators 
> and members for really useful discussions!

I'm working on a fix right now. We can probably get it backported to 4.15.

*David Mulder*
Labs Software Engineer, Samba
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