More details on how to integrate Ubuntu 10.04 into a Windows Domain

I notice that my notes from a couple of days ago gets a lot of hits, so I  feel inclined to be a bit more detailed about how to integrate Ubuntu Lucid Lynx in to a windows domain.

Setting up Kerberos

This is worth doing regardless of whether or not you set up PAM. You can see why later.

1. Install the following packages:

sudo apt-get install krb5-config krb5-user

During the installation process, it will ask you for your realm. Enter the Realm for your Windows Domain (talk to your Active Directory administrator if you don’t know)

2. Edit /etc/krb5.conf

You will need to add a stanza for your realm in /etc/krb5.conf. something like this:

<REALM> = {
 kdc = <active directory server>
 admin_server = <active directory server>
 default_domain  = <domain.name>
 }

3. Test

kinit <user>

The user should be a windows domain user. When challenged input the windows password for that account. Look for the ticket with the klist command.

Setting up PAM

If you want to sign in to your desktop / server using your Windows network credentials, then do follow these steps.

1. Prerequisite -This is your get out of jail free card

Set up the root account. If you mess this up and you need to fix it, then you need to be able sign in as root. I strongly recommend you do this so that you can.

sudo passwd root

and then test:

su -

Glad we got that done – lets move on.

2. Install the PAM module

sudo apt-get install libpam-krb5

Ubuntu sets up PAM for you, so that should be it.

3. Test

Try to log in to the computer with your windows credentials. There must be a local account already created and the user name and must be the same as the domain user name. It should just work.  Run klist and you should also see a ticket. Nice!

Applications

Firefox

If you have kerborized web applications, or spnego enabled sites, then you can configure Firefox to use your kerberos ticket to negotiate for you and logging you in unchallenged. You need to type the following in to the location bar (preferably in another tab – you don;t want to lose this page just yet)

about:config

Say that you will be careful and make sure the following attributes are set to true:

  • network.automatic-ntlm-auth.allow-proxies
  • network.negotiate-auth.allow-proxies
  • network.negotiate-auth.using-native-gsslib

Set the following to your local DNS sub-domain. This defines the scope of the trust for sites it will try to negotiate with:

  • network.automatic-ntlm-auth.trusted-uris
  • network.negotiate-auth.trusted-uris

Next time you attach to such a web site, then you will get logged in.

Pidgin

If your company uses the Microsoft Office Communicator Suite for IM, then you too can join the conversaton with the Sipe plugin. Install it with this commend:

sudo apt-get install pidgin-sipe

Once you have restarted Pidgin, then you can add an account. Here are some guidelines:

  • Protocol: Office Communicator
  • Username: Exchange email address
  • Login: <DOMAIN>\<User>
  • Password: <domain password>
  • In the advanced tab, set the server to your IM server.

Kerberos seemingly works but the version that is here has not really worked for me. Give it a try by blanking out the password and checking the kerberos box and see how you do.

Mounting Windows File Shares

Once you have a kerberos ticket, then you can mount file shares without providing a user name or password. You can use the connect to server form in the Places menu. You set the service type to be windows server, set the server to the fully qualified domain name of the windows file server and enter the share name. You do not need to put a user name of domain in. Bookmark if you like. The share should open up in nautilus with no further prompting.

Evolution

I tried the evolution-mapi plugin which implements the Exchange MAPI protocol. It works but I found it sluggish and still very buggy. I would wait a little longer for anything more serious than testing.

That’s all folks!

If you have any other tricks that I have not mentioned then let us know.

Some notes on Ubuntu 10.04

Ubuntu 10.04, the Lucid Lynx is now released to the wild. There is lots of stuff out there talking about all the cool stuff that is included. I am going to talk about some of the stuff that you probably won’t see in the reviews.

Kerberos

A fairly niche subject important to those in a Kerberos environment, or who want better integration in a Windows Domain. In Ubuntu 10.04, setting up a kerberos client just got a lot easier.

When you install the krb5-config package, it will ask you some questions abot the realm you are in, etc. It does not do everything, but it does most of the work. I still had to edit /etc/krb5.conf to add in the hostname of the KDC, etc.

Installing libpam-krb5 does the right things to configure PAM. You can start to use it straight away, and it just works. For me, it also creates a kerberos ticket for you, which I don’t think it did before. This, to me, is a big deal. It means that I can use firefox to go into kerborized, and spnego enabled web sites without having to manually create a ticket before-hand. Same with kerborized ssh servers, and pidgin-sipe.

I tried libpam-ccreds too and it also just worked. Again, no messing with PAM configurations.

Connecting Pidgin to Office Communication Services

If you are in a Windows Domain and need to IM with your colleagues who are hanging out on Office Communicator, then pidgin-sipe does the job very well. If you hover over a buddy icon, then you can see what is on their calendar now. Pidgin also then sets your status according to what is on your calendar, so if you are scheduled for a meeting then it will set your status to busy at that time.

Mounting Windows File Shares

Once you have your kerberos ticket, then you can mount cifs file shares in the domain by running:

gvfs-mount smb://server-fqnd/share

The share is then set up in GNOME and you are not challenged for credentials. That means that with libpam-krb5 and a login script, you can have all your Windows shares auto-magically mounted when you log in. Nice!