[Samba] working well with sssd

Billy Bob billysbobs at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 23 18:35:04 UTC 2021

 I am VERY happy to see this discussion. I literally cringe every time someone asks a sssd question because of the hostility toward sssd they are about to at least perceive.
I have never understood why sssd seems to be singled out for "hands-off" treatment by the SAMBA crew. Is accommodating sssd really any different than working with bind9 or time or ntp? How about integrations with things like pfsense, where the ability to install the ideal software on a stand-alone hardware system may be more constrained?
I think it is also very important to note that when people are asking questions about sssd and SAMBA, it is very often the case that other considerations required sssd AND the integration with SAMBA is for the environment of concern very difficult. This sounds exactly like the the type of issue that this list should address. It is clear that there is a wealth of knowledge here about the problems that arise ... any why. If not this list to help solve or work around those problems, to help make SAMBA work with sssd to solve the user's real problem (usually one of preserving existing and difficult or expensive to change environments), then WHO SHOULD? Perhaps it is the case that BOTH this list and lists for sssd (as well as other products, as the case may be) should be worked with concurrently, but I cannot fathom why the user with a (urgent, critical, real world ...) problem should be forced to solve it without also being able to freely and with welcome arms tap the knowledge of the people who know SAMBA best.
I think it is fine, if the user desires, to discuss alternatives that may be more suitable. I do not think that should be the starting point, or worse the default position, which should be to help find a way to make a system run or, more critically, get a broken system back up and running.
Easy problems, although often important, are a bit boring. We should embrace the hard problems, and take pride in a job well done making the "impossible" possible.
Just my take, as an otherwise fly on the wall but daily observer if this list.

    On Thursday, September 23, 2021, 04:04:47 AM CDT, Andrew Bartlett via samba <samba at lists.samba.org> wrote:  
 On Thu, 2021-09-23 at 10:53 +0200, Ralph Boehme via samba wrote:
> There is a real need.
> -slow

There is also a real need for us to move past this 'we don't even try
to work with sssd' thing.  That is both in terms of working in the code
to make this 'just work' as much as can be done, with clear limitations
specified, and in the practice on the list when queries come up.

sssd has become established in terms of being the AD connector for
Linux workstations and servers that don't run Samba.  We should
congratulate their team for their achievements.  We were in the race,
but didn't win this time.

Shockingly we find that Samba isn't always the centre of the universe,
and sometimes we will need to fit in with the organisational
arrangements where 'best for Samba' isn't the primary criteria.  (Just
as we exist to help linux systems fit into otherwise windows

I would also really love Samba AD to be an even better server to sssd,
and while also a code question, moving past this mode of interaction is
an important step also.

Andrew Bartlett
Andrew Bartlett (he/him)      https://samba.org/~abartlet/
Samba Team Member (since 2001) https://samba.org
Samba Team Lead, Catalyst IT  https://catalyst.net.nz/services/samba

Samba Development and Support, Catalyst IT - Expert Open Source

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