Well that couldn’t have been easier! Here’s all it takes to authenticate SLES 11 to Windows Server 2008 based Active Directory. During the initial install of SLES, I performed the following:
- Selected samba-client and winbind during the software installer phase
- Added my domain’s DNS servers to the intitial network config using NetworkManager
- Ensured I had the right DNS search suffix (the name of my domain: base.netnerds.net)
Surprisingly, I didn’t even have to configure samba after my install was completed. I was prompted to join the domain during the initial OS install and everything went as expected. Here are the settings I used:
I logged in using the domain\username format and this too, worked as expected:
Using keyboard-interactive authentication.
Creating directory ‘/home/BASE/chrissy’.
Creating directory ‘/home/BASE/chrissy/bin’.
Creating directory ‘/home/BASE/chrissy/.fonts’.
Creating directory ‘/home/BASE/chrissy/.mozilla’.
Next up, setting up NTLM pass-through authentication in Apache!
Update: If you plan to use Kerberos, I recommend you skip straight to using Likewise for all of your authentication needs. I had nothing but headaches from reported bugs with SuSe’s built-in Samba and krb5/Kerberos.