Active Directory DNS

This is the DNS suffix that your Active Directory operates on.

Kerberos realm

This is usually the same as the DNS domain but in uppercase.

Kerberos DC-Active Directory controller

This is a Domain Controller that delivers Kerberos tickets used in authentication. In case it is not found through DNS. Also referred to as the KDC the Key Distribution Center.

Netbios domain name

This is the (short) name for the domain, the way domains were named before Active Directory.

Netbios server name

This is the Netbios name of the Samba host you are currently configuring. Though this is by no means compulsory, it makes sense to provide the same name as the DNS, to be on the safe side.

OU to place host in

This is the Organizational Unit container the host to be configured will be placed in in Active Directory. This may vary with languages and is 'Computers' in English.

Domain users group

The container for Domain Users. This is localized and is 'Domain users' in English, 'Utilisa. du domaine' in French.

Hosts allow

This points at the network that is allowed to access the Samba host being configured. This parameter is a comma, space, or tab delimited set of hosts which are permitted to access the Samba services. You can specify the hosts by name or IP number. You can also specify hosts by network/netmask pairs and by netgroup names. See man smb.conf for further reference.

WINS server

This specifies the IP address (or DNS name: IP address for preference) of the WINS server that the host should register with. This is optional and the data will be placed into smb.conf but commented out. The line in smb.conf should be uncommented for the parameter to be active.

Domain administrator login

Active Directory administrator login you are operating as. This is necessary for a host to enter a domain.

Domain administrator password

Active Directory administrator password.


Home server

This is the Samba or Windows server that hosts the share the user will connect to and will be mounted at /mnt/net.

Home share

This is the name of the share (without any server prefix), usually on one level. If the share is is to be determined at run time and is user- dependent, use $ as a place-holder for the logged-on user name.