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Joining Windows Active Directory domain fails with error "No logon servers found"

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1


When joining an Active Directory domain using theYaST2 module 'WindowsDomainMembership'the following error is experienced:

ERROR: Failed to join domain: No logon servers found

Looking at the log file /var/log/YaST2/y2log the error is similar to the following
2008-04-14 13:54:12 <3> linux(21475) [bash] [2008/04/14 13:54:12, 0] utils/net_ads.c:ads_startup_int(286)
2008-04-14 13:54:12 <3> linux(21475) [bash] ads_connect: No logon servers
2008-04-14 13:54:12 <3> linux(21475) [bash] Join to domain is not valid: No logon servers
2008-04-14 13:54:12 <5> linux(21475) [Perl] modules/ LANG=C net ads testjoin -s /tmp/YaST2-21475-HPsBU8/smb.conf -P =>
$VAR1 = {
'stderr' =>
'[2008/04/14 13:54:12, 0] utils/net_ads.c:ads_startup_int(286)

ads_connect: No logon servers
Join to domain is not valid: No logon servers


'exit' => 255,
'stdout' => ''


Please update Samba to version 3.0.32 or later.
  1. Ensure the serviceswinbind, nmbandsmbare not active / running:
    rcwinbind stop ; rcnmb stop ; rcsmb stop

  2. Use the YaST2 module 'Kerberos Client' to configure the domain settings

  3. Edit as user root the file/etc/samba/smb.conf and set the following options in the global section

    workgroup = DOMAINNAME
    password server = IP_OF_PASSWORD_SERVER
    realm = KERBEROS_REALM
    security = ads

    Save the changes and close the file.

  4. Run as root the command

    net ads join -U Administrator@DOMAIN

    Enter the Administrator password when being asked.

  5. Once the command completed successfully start the services winbind, nmb and smb using

    rcwinbind start ; rcnmb start ; rcsmb start

  6. Check using smbclient if authentication against the password server works:

    smbclient -L SMB-SERVER -U USERNAME

    If authentication works properly all available shares of SMB-SERVER will be displayed

Additional Information

Root cause

When called the YaST2 Windows Domain Membership module writes a temporary smb.conf and krb5.conf which are being used to connect to the domain. However, since the password server is not included in the temporary configuration a join is not possible.

Change Log

2010-12-14 - Sascha Wehnert - Minor rewrite, removed reporting to engineering status


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  • Document ID:7000207
  • Creation Date:25-APR-08
  • Modified Date:27-APR-12
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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