[Samba] Restoring Samba databases from /var/lib/samba

Sebastian Arcus s.arcus at open-t.co.uk
Wed Jun 1 21:54:37 UTC 2022

To start with the end, until today I never realised that there are 
specific procedures for backing up Samba AD databases - which is my bad. 
I've always backed up /var/lib/samba and /var/cache/samba, seeing as 
that's where Samba kept its stuff. Today I've accidentally deleted 
/var/lib/samba, and tried to copy it back from the nightly backups. 
Needless to say that it all went to pots, and dns is not working 
properly any more, not matter what I try. I can provide more details and 
logs, but first I wanted to ask if it is even worth the effort? Is my 
backup of /var/lib/samba basically useless to restore things to where 
they were before?

Some basic info:
OS: Slackware 14.1
Samba: 4.9.4
Mode: Active Directory DC with file server on the same machine - only 
one DC on domain

Briefly, the samba_dlz plugin seems to be loading, but the logs have 
various errors which so far I can't make sense of:

Jun  1 22:36:05 srv-01-op samba[11769]: 
../source4/dsdb/kcc/kcc_periodic.c:768: Failed samba_kcc - 


# samba-tool dns zonelist localhost -U Administrator
Password for [redacted\Administrator]:
ERROR(runtime): uncaught exception - (9717, 'WERR_DNS_ERROR_DS_UNAVAILABLE')
   File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/samba/netcmd/__init__.py", 
line 177, in _run
     return self.run(*args, **kwargs)
   File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/samba/netcmd/dns.py", line 
670, in run

Should I just cut my loses and rebuild everything from scratch? It will 
involve work from my part and downtime for the users, but I should have 
really known about proper Samba AD db backups, so it is what it is.

Any pointers much appreciated.

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