[Samba] Sanity Check my upgrade: Samba AD Domain from 4.7.6 to 4.13.17 (Ubuntu 18.04 to 20.04)

Rowland Penny rpenny at samba.org
Fri Sep 23 18:10:09 UTC 2022

On 23/09/2022 18:47, Holan via samba wrote:
> I know a few of these have been posted and reading them has helped me craft
> the update method I will use.  As my moment draws near I'm hoping someone
> can  let me know if I have the right idea on how to perform the update to
> my domain.
> I have two domain controllers running on Ubuntu 18.04 with Samba
> 4.7.6~dfsg. If anyone has any suggestions or common pitfalls they would
> like to share I would be grateful as I'm hoping to make this smooth and
> there are some smart people on this listserv.  Here is my plan.
> The plan:  update two Samba AD DCs running on Ubuntu 18.04 to 20.04 using
> BIND as a DNS backend.  Changing the version from 4.7.6 to 4.13.17.
> The steps:
> PRE-STEP 0) read all the patch notes from 4.7.6 to 4.13.17.  REQUEST:  If
> anyone has any common areas of concern jumping from 4.7.6 to 4.13.17 I
> would love to hear them.  I have domain members on Windows, Mac and Linux
> (RHEL/Ubuntu) with a mix of Winbind and SSSD depending on the server owners
> preference on the Linux side.   I try to use Winbind whenever possible.   I
> run BIND DNS as the backend on the DCs.
> 1) Run dbcheck on current 4.7.6 domain and ensure it is in good health.
> 2) Create a new server running on Ubuntu 20.04 (not using 22.04 to avoid
> making the samba version jump too big - is my reasoning okay?).
> 3) Install samba ad according to normal installation methods (get DNS
> setup...etc.) and join it to the existing domain running on 4.7.6.
> 4) Verify the new domain controller is working and replicating okay.  Give
> it 30 minutes to stabilize and ensure operation.
> 5) Transfer the FSMO role from the 4.7.6 DC that holds it to the new
> 4.13.17 DC I just setup.
> 6) Demote the 4.7.6 DC I just transferred the FSMO from.
> 7) Verify that the domain is still working.
> 8) Start replacement of the second 4.7.6 DC.  Create a new server running
> on Ubuntu 20.04.
> 9) Install Samba AD the same way per my environment.
> 10) Join to the domain.
> 10) Verify it is functional and replicating
> 11) Demote the remaining 4.7.6 DC it is replacing.
> 12) re-verify everything is working, check replication, run dbcheck again,
> and then drink a beer either way.
> This should then leave me with two new Domain Controllers running 4.13.17.
> Both 4.7.6 would be demoted and everything should be happy.
> Does this sound correct?   Any suggestions are appreciated as I really
> don't want to screw this up.  Thanks and I really appreciate everyone's
> efforts on this listserv.  I've been using it as a resource for what feels
> like a decade at this point.

First, you have two number ten's
That sound okay, but you have forgotten Sysvol, you will need to sync 
this (along idmap.ldb) to each new DC.


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