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SLED10 : configuring Active Directory authentication

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition


This document discusses configuring a SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop workstation for authentication against an Active Directory server.


  1. Ensure the required packages are installed.
  2. Start YaST (Alt-F2, and type in yast2, and press Enter).
  3. On the left side, click on "Security and Users".
  4. Click on "User Management".
  5. At the bottom, click on "Expert Options" and then"Authentication and User Sources".
  6. Click on the "Samba" link.
  7. For the "Domain or Workgroup" setting, type the name of the Active Directory domain.
  8. Select "Also Use SMB Information for Linux Authentication".
  9. Select "Create Home Directory on Login".
  10. Click "Finish".
  11. If prompted to add the computer to the domain, do so. If the computer is to be added, a prompt for the Active Directory credentials required will be given.
  12. Log out and log back in as one of the Active Directory users to ensure the system is operational.


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  • Document ID:3807168
  • Creation Date: 21-Aug-2006
  • Modified Date:31-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

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