Friday, September 30, 2011


Steps To Connect Linux PC To Windows Domain - Active Directory

This article will explain you how to connect Your Linux PC to Windows Active Directory Domain Control.

Many companies are using mixed IT environment's using a mixture of Windows, Linux, UNIX and Mac’s and I for one am using a mixture of Microsoft Windows and Linux (Ubuntu). And also, this is one way of saying the IT Cost, instead of investing in Licensed operating system, many small and medium scale business can go with Linux as client side.

On my network I use a Microsoft Active Directory installed on Windows Server 2003 R2 and want to be able to get all Server (Linux & Windows) as well as Desktops (Linux and Windows) to authenticate in a central location.

Since browsing the web I managed to find this cool package that can be installed on Ubuntu. Hardy Heron (8.04) which enables you to add and authenticate Ubuntu 8.04 and later against a Windows Domain Controller (Microsoft Active Directory)

So here goes…

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install likewise-open
sudo domainjoin-cli join fqdn.of.your.domain Administrator
sudo update-rc.d likewise-open defaults
sudo /etc/init.d/likewise-open start

Using the above commands you have installed ‘likewise-open’ which is the package that makes it possible for the Ubuntu client/server to logon to a Windows domain, added the client/server to the windows domain, updated the system services and then started the service.

Now that the LikeWise package has been installed you can now logoff (although I recommend full system reboot) and logon in this format:


You need to ensure that you prefix the username with the Domain name.

The good points about this kind of setup is as follows:

  • Single username/password combination across entire network.
  • Enforces password policys
  • Likewise Open enables Linux, Unix and Mac authentication on a Microsoft network using Active Directory.

A user can now interactively log in to the Linux, Unix or Mac machine using Active Directory credentials, and can access any kerberized services that the non-Windows machine hosts.


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