DC1 – Debian AD DC Setup

Scripts and configuration files needed to set up an Active Directory Domain Controller on Debian.

Reference links:

Download the Debian netinstall image. Boot from it to begin the installation.

  • Hostname: DC1.samdom.example.com
  • Leave the root password blank.
  • Manually set the enp0s3 network interface: ** address ** gateway
  • Enter the desired user name and password for the admin (sudo) account.
  • Make your disk partition selections and write changes to disk.
  • Software selection: Only “SSH server” and “standard system utilities”.
  • Install the GRUB boot loader on /dev/sda
  • Finish the installation and reboot.

Login as the admin user and switch to root. Install git and download these instructions, scripts and configuration files:

apt update
apt dist-upgrade
apt install git
git clone https://github.com/TedMichalik/DC1.git

Copy config files to their proper location:


Add a static IP address for the second adapter. A second adapter was enabled for SSH logins forconfiguration and testing in VirtualBox. Make these changes to the /etc/network/interfaces file (Done with CopyFiles1):

# The primary network interface
allow-hotplug enp0s3
iface enp0s3 inet static

# The secondary network interface
allow-hotplug enp0s8
iface enp0s8 inet static

Make these changes for resolving the local host name to the /etc/hosts file (Done with CopyFiles1): localhost DC1.samdom.example.com DC1

Change the default UMASK in the /etc/login.defs file (Done with CopyFiles1):


Reboot the machine to switch to the static IP address. SSH into the secondary adapter and login as the admin user and switch to root.

Install Samba and packages needed for an AD DC. Use the FQDN (DC1.samdom.example.com) for the servers in the Kerberos setup.

apt install samba attr winbind libpam-winbind libnss-winbind libpam-krb5 krb5-config krb5-user

Also install some utility programs:

apt install smbclient ldb-tools net-tools dnsutils ntp isc-dhcp-server

Stop and disable all Samba processes, and remove the default smb.conf file:

systemctl stop smbd nmbd winbind
systemctl disable smbd nmbd winbind
mv /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf.orig

Provision the Samba AD, giving your desired password for the Administrator:

samba-tool domain provision --use-rfc2307 --interactive
Server Role=dc
DNS forwarder IP address=

Edit the Samba configuration file:


These lines are added by the EditSMB script to the [global] section of /etc/samba/smb.conf

template shell = /bin/bash
template homedir = /home/%U
winbind nss info = rfc2307
winbind use default domain = yes
winbind offline logon = yes
winbind enum users = yes
winbind enum groups = yes
protocol = SMB3
usershare max shares = 0

Use the Samba created Kerberos configuration file for your DC, enable the correct Samba services, and reboot to make sure everything works:

cp /var/lib/samba/private/krb5.conf /etc/
systemctl unmask samba-ad-dc
systemctl start samba-ad-dc
systemctl enable samba-ad-dc

Login as the admin user and switch to root. Verify the File Server shares provided by the DC:

smbclient -L localhost -U%

Copy more config files to their proper location. This also puts the RFC2307 script in cron.hourly to add uidNumber and gidNumber to users, computers and groups added to AD. It runs the script and fixes the ownership of Group Policies.


Make these changes for resolving DNS names to the /etc/resolv.conf file (Done with CopyFiles2):

domain samdom.example.com
search samdom.example.com

Verify the DNS configuration works correctly:

host -t SRV _ldap._tcp.samdom.example.com.
host -t SRV _kerberos._udp.samdom.example.com.
host -t A dc1.samdom.example.com.

Verify Kerberos:

kinit administrator

Configure NTP by editing these two lines in the /etc/ntp.conf file (Done with CopyFiles2):

# Clients from this (example!) subnet have unlimited access, but only if
# cryptographically authenticated.
restrict mask notrust

# If you want to provide time to your local subnet, change the next line.
# (Again, the address is an example only.)

Restart the NTP service and verify it is syncing with other servers (Done with CopyFiles2):

systemctl restart ntp.service

Verify the NTP service is syncing with other servers

ntpq -p

Ease AD password restrictions for testing, if desired:

samba-tool domain passwordsettings set --complexity=off
samba-tool domain passwordsettings set --min-pwd-length=6
samba-tool domain passwordsettings set --max-pwd-age=0
samba-tool user setexpiry administrator --noexpiry

Install the WSD Daemon which allows Windows Network to detect Linux domain members (Done with CopyFiles2).

Clone git repository and edit file:

git clone https://github.com/christgau/wsdd
cd wsdd

Edit service file nano etc/systemd/wsdd.service

ExecStart=/usr/bin/wsdd -d SAMDOM -4 -s

Copy the files to the correct locations, enable the service, and start it:

cp src/wsdd.py /usr/bin/wsdd
cp etc/systemd/wsdd.service /etc/systemd/system
systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl enable wsdd.service
systemctl start wsdd.service

Configure AD Accounts Authentication

Add winbind value for passwd and group lines in the /etc/nsswitch.conf configuration file (Done with CopyFiles2):

passwd: files systemd winbind
group:  files systemd winbind

Enable entries required for winbind service to automatically create home directories for each domain account at the first login:


Give sudo access to members of “domain admins” (Done with CopyFiles2):

echo "%SAMDOM\\domain\ admins ALL=(ALL) ALL" > /etc/sudoers.d/SAMDOM
chmod 0440 /etc/sudoers.d/SAMDOM

Configure the DHCP Service (Done with CopyFiles2):

Just use IPv4 on the NatNetwork with these edits to the /etc/default/isc-dhcp-server configuration file:

# On what interfaces should the DHCP server (dhcpd) serve DHCP requests?
# Separate multiple interfaces with spaces, e.g. "eth0 eth1".

Edit the /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf configuration file:

# dhcpd.conf
# Sample configuration file for ISC dhcpd
# option definitions common to all supported networks...
option domain-name "samdom.example.com";
option domain-name-servers DC1.samdom.example.com;
default-lease-time 600;
max-lease-time 7200;
# The ddns-updates-style parameter controls whether or not the server will
# attempt to do a DNS update when a lease is confirmed. We default to the
# behavior of the version 2 packages ('none', since DHCP v2 didn't
# have support for DDNS.)
ddns-update-style none;
# If this DHCP server is the official DHCP server for the local
# network, the authoritative directive should be uncommented.
# Use this to send dhcp log messages to a different log file (you also
# have to hack syslog.conf to complete the redirection).
#log-facility local7;
# No service will be given on this subnet, but declaring it helps the
# DHCP server to understand the network topology.
subnet netmask {
# This is a very basic subnet declaration.
subnet netmask {
option routers;

Restart the service:

systemctl restart isc-dhcp-server.service

Test the AD DC

Create an AD account for yourself and add it to the “Domain Admins” group with the commands:

samba-tool user create ted
samba-tool group addmembers "Domain Admins" ted

Verify the domain users are shown by both commands:

wbinfo -u
getent passwd

Verify the domain groups are shown by both commands:

wbinfo -g
getent group

Verify the domain ownership on a test file:

touch /tmp/testfile
chown ted:"Domain Admins" /tmp/testfile
ls -l /tmp/testfile

Create a GPO with the instructions at this link: