While I can find permission issues to Samba using local Linux users here and across Google search, I cannot find a solution to my specific problem. I don't have any experience with Samba, so this whole process has been quite an adventure, but now I'm pulling my hair out. I'd really appreciate some ideas. I'm including everything I did in case others need to do it and hopefully to help someone help me.

I have a single Windows Server 2016 Active Directory domain. The root name is ad.company.com. I need a commercially supported Linux server with an SMB share which allows read access to some domain groups and write access to others. Why Linux? It will be talking to other Linux machines and will use many Linux tools. Our current setup at another client is working well this way, but it was not configured by us, and it uses RHEL 5.

I went with RHEL 7.3 server as our company is most familiar with this distro. I installed the Minimal Install from the Server ISO. The hash for the ISO shows it is not corrupted. I have successfully mounted an ext4 partition to /mnt/share. I have configured the server to have a host name in the root domain namespace, set the DNS server to the PDC, set the search suffix to be the domain (ad.company.com) and set it up with a static IP. This was all done in the installer. The machine can easily resolve hostnames of the Windows servers in the domain. The Windows servers can resolve the hostname of the Linux machine. IPs can be pinged in both directions.

As this is the initial configuration, everything below was done under root.

I installed the following packages.

yum install nano
yum install net-tools
yum install nmap
yum install ntp ntpdate ntp-doc
yum install krb5-workstation
yum install samba
yum install samba-winbind
yum install samba-winbind-clients

I set the NTP server to be the PDC. /etc/ntp.conf

driftfile /var/lib/ntp/drift

restrict default nomodify notrap nopeer noquery

restrict ::1

server pdc.ad.company.com iburst prefer
restrict pdc.ad.company.com mask nomodify notrap nopeer noquery

includefile /etc/ntp/crypto/pw

keys /etc/ntp/keys

disable monitor

I configured the KRB5 client to connect to the AD domain. /etc/krb5.conf

includedir /etc/krb5.conf.d/

 default = FILE:/var/log/krb5libs.log
 kdc = FILE:/var/log/krb5kdc.log
 admin_server = FILE:/var/log/kadmind.log

 ticket_lifetime = 600
 default_realm = AD.COMPANY.COM
 default_tkt_enctypes = rc4-hmac 
 default_tgs_enctypes = rc4-hmac 
 dns_lookup_realm = false
 dns_lookup_kdc = true

  kdc = pdc.ad.company.com
  admin_server = pdc.ad.company.com

 .ad.company.com = AD.COMPANY.COM
 ad.company.com = AD.COMPANY.COM

I tested the connection to the PDC. It was successful.

kinit admin@AD.COMPANY.COM

I configured samba to connect to the domain, use extended ACL attributes, and make a share available called "share". /etc/samba/smb.conf

    security = ADS
    workgroup = AD
    realm = AD.COMPANY.COM
    idmap config * : backend = tbd
    idmap config * :range = 3000-7999
    vfs objects = acl_xattr
    map acl inherit = yes
    store dos attributes = yes

    passdb backend = tdbsam

    printing = cups
    printcap name = cups
    load printers = yes
    cups options = raw
    log level = 1

    path = /mnt/share
    read only = no

    comment = Home Directories
    valid users = %S, %D%w%S
    browseable = No
    read only = No
    inherit acls = Yes

    comment = All Printers
    path = /var/tmp
    printable = Yes
    create mask = 0600
    browseable = No

    comment = Printer Drivers
    path = /var/lib/samba/drivers
    write list = root
    create mask = 0664
    directory mask = 0775

I configured nsswitch to use winbind.

passwd:     files winbind
shadow:     files sss
group:      files winbind

hosts:      files dns myhostname

bootparams: nisplus [NOTFOUND=return] files

ethers:     files
netmasks:   files
networks:   files
protocols:  files
rpc:        files
services:   files sss

netgroup:   files sss

publickey:  nisplus

automount:  files
aliases:    files nisplus

I started windbindd, smbd, and nmbd.


I set them up to start on boot.

systemctl enable smb nmb winbind

I rebooted, then tested windbind to test the connection to the domain. It succeeded.

wbinfo --ping-dc

One of the docs I read said ext4 supports extended ACLs, but I checked just in case. It says it's there.

smbd -b | grep HAVE_LIBACL

I granted the permission granting privilege to AD.COMPANY.COM\Domain Admins.

net rpc rights grant "AD\Domain Admins" SeDiskOperatorPrivilege -U "AD\administrator"

I then tested to make sure it stuck.

net rpc rights list privileges SeDiskOperatorPrivilege -U "AD\administrator"

I used testparm to verify the syntax of the smb.conf file. It parsed the whole file with no errors.

testparm /etc/samba/smb.conf

The next thing to do is connect to the share as a Domain Admin and configure the ACL. Here's where I hit a snag. From both Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10, I cannot connect to the server via File Explorer. I have tried \\linuxserver, \\linuxserver\share, \\, and \\\share. In all cases, Windows tells me "The network path was not found." It does not prompt me for credentials or tell me I don't have permissions. It's like it can't see it at all.

Here is what I've done to troubleshoot it so far. I can successfully ping the Linux server by hostname and IP. I made sure smbd, nmbd, and windbindd are running.

ps -eo 'tty,pid,comm' | grep smbd
ps -eo 'tty,pid,comm' | grep nmbd
ps -eo 'tty,pid,comm' | grep winbindd

I made sure smbd is listening on port 445.

netstat -plnt
nmap -sT -O localhost

I disabled SMB2 and SMB3 via an admin Powershell session on the Windows machine to see if I could use SMB1.

Set-SmbServerConfiguration -EnableSMB2Protocol $false

I verified the setting stuck, rebooted, then tried with the same result.

Get-SmbServerConfiguration | Select EnableSMB1Protocol, EnableSMB2Protocol

I rebooted the Linux server for good measure.

Whew! Thanks for reading the whole thing!


Did you really do \linuxserver\share instead of \\linuxserver\share ? On Redhat 7.x, you can run realm join and that handles almost all of the AD setup.

EDIT: If you use two backslashes in comments, it changes them back to one backslash. So it made it look like you did a single backslash before the servername.

  • There are a few gotchas in Markdown formatting. I fixed the backslash-related ones. – a CVn Mar 2 '17 at 14:20
  • I used 2 backslashes. Thanks for fixing the formatting. – TheCodeFiend Mar 2 '17 at 15:11

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