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Join Linux into Windows Active Directory domain

Though I'm  a great fan of Linux/Unix but while working with any enterprise firm i couldn't avoid, thus i was asked to join our Linux hosts into Active directory.

So let's move ahead and join our LInux systems into ad using tool named as " adcli "
I have used this to join our Redhat/CentOS 7 hosts into AD.

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There are two must things as a prerequisites for it.

1.     Make Sure RHEL machine is able to resolve Active Directory servers.
2.     Install adcli package along with sssd:

 Consider the below inputs as a lab enviroment of mine.

Active Directory Server :
Domain name :
Linux Client Hostname :
[root@scent101x ~]# yum install adcli sssd authconfig
  • Discover the AD domain:
[root@scent101x ~]# adcli info
adcli will show few details about the AD domain. 

domain-name =
domain-short = CYBERKEEDA
domain-forest =
domain-controller =
domain-controller-site = Default-First-Site-Name
domain-controller-flags = pdc gc ldap ds kdc timeserv closest writable good-timeserv full-secret
domain-controller-usable = yes
domain-controllers =
computer-site = Default-First-Site-Name

  • Now, join RHEL system to AD domain using adcli: 
[root@scent101x ~]# adcli join
Password for Administrator@CYBERKEEDA.NET: <---- Enter Admin password
By default, it prompts for the Administrator password, but it's possible to specify another user with the -U option:
[root@scent101x ~]# adcli join -U ad_admin_user 

# adcli join -U ad_admin_user        <------ This user should have administrative rights in AD

The join operation creates a keytab the machine will authenticate with. When inspect the with klist -kt, 
[root@scent101x ~]# klist -kte
It should show several entries that contain client hostname in some form:

Keytab name: FILE:/etc/krb5.keytab
KVNO Timestamp         Principal
---- ----------------- --------------------------------------------------------
   2 12/03/17 14:17:32 SCENT101X$@CYBERKEEDA.NET (aes256-cts-hmac-sha1-96) 
   2 12/03/17 14:17:32 SCENT101X$@CYBERKEEDA.NET (aes128-cts-hmac-sha1-96) 
   2 12/03/17 14:17:32 SCENT101X$@CYBERKEEDA.NET (des3-cbc-sha1) 
   2 12/03/17 14:17:32 SCENT101X$@CYBERKEEDA.NET (arcfour-hmac)

  • Configure /etc/krb5.conf to use AD domain:

your Realm, domain realms, AD erver information.

includedir /etc/krb5.conf.d/

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

 default_realm = CYBERKEEDA.NET
 dns_lookup_realm = false
 dns_lookup_kdc = false
 ticket_lifetime = 24h
 renew_lifetime = 7d
 forwardable = true

  kdc =
  admin_server =


Use authconfig to set up the Name Service Switch(/etc/nsswitch.conf) and PAM stacks(password-authand system-auth):

[root@scent101x ~]#  authconfig --enablesssd --enablesssdauth --update

Above command will modify and add necessary entries in 

Ø /etc/nsswitch.conf, 
Ø /etc/pam.d/password-auth 
Ø /etc/pam.d/system-authfiles 

The final step is to configure the SSSD itself. 
Open /etc/sssd/sssd.conf and define a single domain:


services = nss, pam, ssh, autofs

config_file_version = 2


id_provider = ad
# Uncomment and configure below , if service discovery is not working

ad_server =

 Make sure /etc/sssd/sssd.con is owned by root:root and permissions are 600

 # chown root:root /etc/sssd/sssd.conf
 # chmod 600 /etc/sssd/sssd.conf

Start the SSSD and make sure it's up after reboots:

# service sssd start
# chkconfig sssd on

    Try to  fetch user information for AD user and then try to login as AD user

# getent passwd aduser

# id Administrator
# ssh Administrator@localhost


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