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Old 04-12-2010, 09:53 PM   #1
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Improperly Formed Account Name When Adding SUSE 10 to Windows Domain


I have a SUSE 10 SP 2 server that needs to get added to a Windows Active Directory domain and registered in DNS. Samba is 3.0.28-0.5. I tried to join the domain with the following command:

/usr/bin/net ads join -U MyDomainAdd%MyDomainPW

The response is

Failed to join domain: Improperly formed account name

I tried to register in DNS with the following command:

/usr/bin/net ads dns register -U MyDomainAdd% MyDomainPW

There is no response of any kind, but the system does not get added in the Windows DNS.

I previously enabled kerberos and can successfully do a kinit MyDomainAdd. After supplying the password, the klist command shows a valid ticket has been issued for the user MyDomainAdd.

The clock is synchronized with the domain controller.

In preparing for the domain add / dns register, I configured the krb5.conf and smb.conf files with settings that have worked for us on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4.

The krb5.conf file reads as follows:

default_realm = MYDOMAIN.US.COM

clock_skew = 300
default_realm = MYDOMAIN.US.COM
default_tgs_enctypes = RC4-HMAC DES-CBC-CRC DES-CBC-MD5
default_tkt_enctypes = RC4-HMAC DES-CBC-CRC DES-CBC-MD5
preferred_enctypes = RC4-HMAC DES-CBC-CRC DES-CBC-MD5
ticket_lifetime = 24000

kdc =
admin_server =
default_domain =


The smb.conf file reads as follows:

# smb.conf is the main Samba configuration file. You find a full commented
# version at /usr/share/doc/packages/samba/examples/smb.conf.SUSE if the
# samba-doc package is installed.
# Date: 2008-04-23
workgroup = MYDOMAIN
use kerberos keytab = true
security = ads
printing = cups
printcap name = cups
printcap cache time = 750
cups options = raw
map to guest = Bad User
include = /etc/samba/dhcp.conf
logon path = \\%L\profiles\.msprofile
logon home = \\%L\%U\.9xprofile
logon drive = P:
usershare allow guests = Yes
comment = Home Directories
valid users = %S, %D%w%S
browseable = No
read only = No
inherit acls = Yes
comment = Network Profiles Service
path = %H
read only = No
store dos attributes = Yes
create mask = 0600
directory mask = 0700
comment = All users
path = /home
read only = No
inherit acls = Yes
veto files = /aquota.user/groups/shares/
comment = All groups
path = /home/groups
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 = @ntadmin root
force group = ntadmin
create mask = 0664
directory mask = 0775

Can anyone suggest what needs to be done to fix or further diagnose these problems? I'm a Linux newbie.

Thanks in advance!

Old 04-13-2010, 07:25 PM   #2
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Smile Problem Resolved

In case anyone else runs into this issue: The problem was resolved by upgrading Samba. We were running 3.0.28-0.5, which is distributed with SLES 10 SP2. We upgraded to 3.0.36-0.5.5, which is available on the SLES 10 SP3 disc.
Old 10-12-2010, 01:34 PM   #3
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Thank you for posting your own solution. It resolved it for me too.


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