Sunday, 8 February 2009

Joining an OpenSolaris CIFS server to an AD domain

These notes are rough, but might prove useful in the future (or to someone else who had the same problem). I wanted to join my newly created OpenSolaris 2008.11 installation to my experimental Windows Server 2008 Active Directory. I followed the tutorial in the Solaris CIFS Administration Guide, but when I attempted the actual join command, it failed with LOGIN_FAILURE.

Here's the answer:

Firstly, make sure you have the IP address setup correctly, name added in /etc/hosts, DNS setup correctly in /etc/resolv.conf and /etc/nsswitch.conf. You make sure you are on the same domain as the Active Directory ("" in my case).

Secondly, make sure your system clock is synchronized with the domain controller:

# ntpdate

Then setup Kerberos by editing /etc/krb5/krb5.conf. This is documented in the manual.

Install the SMB Server using the package manager and start it up using:

# svcadm enable -r smb/server

Then try to join the domain:

# smbadm join -u administrator

For me, this is where it failed. The mailing lists suggest that the problem might be related to smb signing. On the DC, I opened up the Group Policy Management tool and changed the following:

Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\System\Net
Logon\Allow Cryptography Algorithms Compatible with Windows NT 4.0 -> Enabled

I then ran a gpupdate /force.

Finally, I read that the sharectl command on the OpenSolaris server should be run to use NTLMv2 authentication:

# sharectl set -p lmauth_level=2 smb

I re-ran the join command, and it worked properly. OpenSolaris CIFS server now part of the Active Directory domain.

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