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Samba 3.0.22 on Solaris 9 with Active Directory

Recipe Version 1.0

Original May 2006

Revised July 2006


Official Samba binaries for Solaris 9 are not enabled for ADS support. Enabling ADS is much harder than it looks, mostly because of the crazy Solaris 9 build environment. This is the simplest reproducable recipe I could create for ADS-enabled Samba on a default fresh install of Solaris 9. Some concession has been made for installs that are not default, but you might still need to modify for your particular servers.

It was tested with Heimdal Kerberos 0.7, OpenLDAP 2.3.20 and Samba 3.0.22. All three packages go in /opt/local (no namespace clashes luckily.) This is a big glob that just works, so don't go adding to it :-) The point is to demonstrate a known-working solution as a starting point for your site.

Someone from (excellent site!) might want to create a package to avoid this pain, in fact it would be good if sunfreeware and the official Samba binaries could perhaps be coordinated.

This document was developed fairly empirically. Most of the time went into discovering how to get the environment right, and regressing versions until I found the magic formula.

Overview of Steps

  1. Install OS plus particular patches.
  2. Install very particular versions of packages from .
  3. Install OpenLDAP libraries
  4. Install Heimdal Kerberos. /etc/krb5/krb5.conf. Test with kinit user at AD.REALM in capitals)
  5. Install Samba, create smb.conf (test config file with testparm)
  6. Join Samba Member Servers (net ads join -U Administrator )
  7. List AD domain users (net ads user -U Administrator )
  8. Test Security from Windows (browse, file access from Explorer right-click)
  9. Optional: idmap using ridmap or a dedicated LDAP server.

At this point you will be able to use Samba as per the documentation, having skipped the weeks of frustration people usually seem to spend to get this going on Solaris9 :-)

Solaris 9 Prep

Install from the first three CDs, accepting all defaults.

Install patches 112960-36, 112874-34, 112233-01, 112233-11 . This is a dependency chain, the only thing really required is a new libnss that will let Samba winbind work. On production machines, if you keep up with Sun recommended patches you may have this already.

If you want to grow old quickly, attempt to build the entire GNU toolchain on Solaris9! Alternatively, be sensible and use the following list of binaries packaged at :

  • gcc-3.3.2-sol9-sparc-local.gz
  • bison-1.34-sol7-sparc-local.gz (built for Solaris 7; no higher Bison version or Heimdal breaks, no higher Solaris version or there is a library problem on Solaris 9. Try to imagine the effort it took to determine that you need to regress two OS versions and several package versions.)
  • m4-1.4.2-sol9-sparc-local.gz
  • make-3.80-sol9-sparc-local.gz
  • db-4.2.52.NC-sol9-sparc-local.gz (no lower version or OpenLDAP breaks)
  • binutils-2.11.2-sol8-sparc-local.gz (built for Solaris 8, not built for Solaris 9 but works fine)
  • flex-2.5.31-sol9-sparc-local.gz (required for Heimdal build)

Set global time on your network using something like ntp! The Solaris machines must be consistent with the Windows AD server to within 5 minutes, unless you reconfigure Kerberos to be less fussy. When changing time manually, sometimes the Solaris date command gets confused with what it is displaying (for example BST != GMT+1, GMT+1 time is displayed two hours in the past.)

The linker in ccs is bad news for Samba and probably everything else so get rid of it. mv /usr/ccs/bin/ld /usr/ccs/bin/ .

Sun gssapi won't work with Heimdal and probably not much else will either. Heimdal provides its own. mv /usr/include/gssapi /usr/include/old.gssapi

Don't run configure in any of OpenLDAP, Kerberos or Samba until all the above modifications have been done.

Build OpenLDAP, Heimdal and Samba in that order.

A Comment on Libraries

With crle, GNU automake scripts (ie configure) will find all libraries present. LDFLAGS should be sufficient but isn't, and LD_LIBRARY_PATH isn't always equivalent to crle although it looks like it should be.

When debugging, to check what libraries a particular program has been linked against, use ldd. Be suspicious if, for example, ldd /opt/local/bin/kinit doesn't have a reference to a BerkeleyDB db library, or libgcc_s . Fix this with crle (using the commandline crle itself gives you) something like this:

 crle -c /var/ld/ld.config -l \

The foregoing problems are with non-default Solaris 9 installs. A default install works as expected.

/usr/local/lib is used by all packages from

Installing OpenLDAP

Version 2.3.20 from

 ./configure --prefix=/opt/local --disable-bdb --enable-null --without-tls \
 CFLAGS="-I/usr/local/include -I/usr/local/BerkeleyDB.4.2/include" \
 CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/include -I/usr/local/BerkeleyDB/4.2/include" 
 make depend
 make install

Installing Heimdal

Version 0.7.0 from

Solaris9 confuses Heimdal's configure script when it attempts to find out what library functions are brokenin order to build libroken (nice name, fellers.) Solaris 9 vasprintf and asprintf are defined in the standard libraries but not the headers. At the end of this note is a patch which turns on prototypes but does not build a replacement function.

Apply the patch to configure using '"patch -u configure < diffs"

In the following, some non-default Solaris 9 installations need the include directories specified. A Solaris 9 default install will find include directories correctly and therefore FLAGS variables are not needed.

 ./configure --prefix=/opt/local --enable-dns --enable-shared --disable-krb4 \
 CFLAGS="-I/usr/local/include -I/usr/local/BerkeleyDB.4.2/include" \
 CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/include -I/usr/local/BerkeleyDB/4.2/include" \
 make install

NOTE: If you have previous versions of Heimdal libraries in the library search path, configure will notice these and your next make will link them to your new Heimdal. A common cause for this is experimenting or making a mistake with the same Heimdal you are attempting to build, so Heimdal programs end up referencing their own libraries whereas if libraries of the same name hadn't existed they would not have been linked at all. This might have side-effects.

So, always do a make uninstall before you do your next configure! If you aren't sure, do this:

 ./configure --prefix=/opt/local --enable-dns --enable-shared --disable-krb4
 make uninstall
 ./configure --prefix=/opt/local --enable-dns --enable-shared --disable-krb4
 make install

Installing Samba

Version 3.0.22 from

 ./configure --prefix=/opt/local --with-krb5=/opt/local \
 --with-ads --with-pam --with-winbindd \
 CFLAGS=-I/opt/local/include CPPFLAGS=-I/opt/local/include \
 make install

Patch to Heimdal 0.7 configure


--- backup.configure	Wed May 10 09:32:05 2006
+++ configure	Wed May 10 09:57:51 2006
@@ -29163,13 +29163,11 @@
 echo "$as_me:$LINENO: result: $ac_cv_func_snprintf_working" >&5
 echo "${ECHO_T}$ac_cv_func_snprintf_working" >&6
-if test "$ac_cv_func_snprintf_working" = yes; then
 cat >>confdefs.h <<_ACEOF
 #define HAVE_SNPRINTF 1
 if test "$ac_cv_func_snprintf_working" = yes; then
 if test "$ac_cv_func_snprintf+set" != set -o "$ac_cv_func_snprintf" = yes; then
@@ -29228,14 +29226,12 @@
 echo "$as_me:$LINENO: result: $ac_cv_func_snprintf_noproto" >&5
 echo "${ECHO_T}$ac_cv_func_snprintf_noproto" >&6
-if test "$ac_cv_func_snprintf_noproto" = yes; then
 cat >>confdefs.h <<\_ACEOF
@@ -29311,13 +29307,11 @@
 echo "$as_me:$LINENO: result: $ac_cv_func_vsnprintf_working" >&5
 echo "${ECHO_T}$ac_cv_func_vsnprintf_working" >&6
-if test "$ac_cv_func_vsnprintf_working" = yes; then
 cat >>confdefs.h <<_ACEOF
 if test "$ac_cv_func_vsnprintf_working" = yes; then
 if test "$ac_cv_func_vsnprintf+set" != set -o "$ac_cv_func_vsnprintf" = yes; then
@@ -29376,14 +29370,12 @@
 echo "$as_me:$LINENO: result: $ac_cv_func_vsnprintf_noproto" >&5
 echo "${ECHO_T}$ac_cv_func_vsnprintf_noproto" >&6
-if test "$ac_cv_func_vsnprintf_noproto" = yes; then
 cat >>confdefs.h <<\_ACEOF
@@ -30549,7 +30541,6 @@
 echo "$as_me:$LINENO: result: $ac_cv_func_asprintf_noproto" >&5
 echo "${ECHO_T}$ac_cv_func_asprintf_noproto" >&6
-if test "$ac_cv_func_asprintf_noproto" = yes; then
 cat >>confdefs.h <<\_ACEOF
@@ -30556,7 +30547,6 @@
 if test "$ac_cv_func_vasprintf+set" != set -o "$ac_cv_func_vasprintf" = yes; then
 echo "$as_me:$LINENO: checking if vasprintf needs a prototype" >&5
@@ -30616,7 +30606,6 @@
 echo "$as_me:$LINENO: result: $ac_cv_func_vasprintf_noproto" >&5
 echo "${ECHO_T}$ac_cv_func_vasprintf_noproto" >&6
-if test "$ac_cv_func_vasprintf_noproto" = yes; then
 cat >>confdefs.h <<\_ACEOF
@@ -30623,7 +30612,6 @@
 if test "$ac_cv_func_asnprintf+set" != set -o "$ac_cv_func_asnprintf" = yes; then
 echo "$as_me:$LINENO: checking if asnprintf needs a prototype" >&5
@@ -30683,14 +30671,12 @@
 echo "$as_me:$LINENO: result: $ac_cv_func_asnprintf_noproto" >&5
 echo "${ECHO_T}$ac_cv_func_asnprintf_noproto" >&6
-if test "$ac_cv_func_asnprintf_noproto" = yes; then
 cat >>confdefs.h <<\_ACEOF
 if test "$ac_cv_func_vasnprintf+set" != set -o "$ac_cv_func_vasnprintf" = yes; then
 echo "$as_me:$LINENO: checking if vasnprintf needs a prototype" >&5
@@ -30750,14 +30736,12 @@
 echo "$as_me:$LINENO: result: $ac_cv_func_vasnprintf_noproto" >&5
 echo "${ECHO_T}$ac_cv_func_vasnprintf_noproto" >&6
-if test "$ac_cv_func_vasnprintf_noproto" = yes; then
 cat >>confdefs.h <<\_ACEOF

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