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Configure UBUNTU for ActiveDirectory authentication with SSSD

a. Start with checking if the pam_ldap package is installed and remove it if it is.

# apt-get remove pam_ldap

b. Install sssd

# apt-get install sssd libpam-sss libnss-sss sssd-tools

c. Edit /etc/sssd/sssd.conf. In my case, this file has the following content.

config_file_version = 2
services = nss, pam
domains = WMD.EDU
debug_level = 9

ldap_id_use_start_tls = False
cache_credentials = False
id_provider = ldap
access_provider = ldap
auth_provider = krb5
chpass_provider = krb5
ldap_schema = rfc2307bis
ldap_force_upper_case_realm = True
ldap_user_object_class = user
ldap_group_object_class = group
ldap_user_gecos = displayName
ldap_user_object_class = user
ldap_user_name = sAMAccountName
ldap_user_fullname = displayName
ldap_user_home_directory = unixHomeDirectory
ldap_user_principal = userPrincipalName
ldap_group_object_class = group
ldap_group_name = sAMAccountName

ldap_user_home_directory = unixHomeDirectory
ldap_uri = ldap://
ldap_search_base = dc=wmd,dc=edu
ldap_user_search_base,OU=Secured,OU=Corporate Users,DC=wmd,DC=edu
ldap_user_search_base,OU=Managed By Others,DC=wmd,DC=edu
ldap_user_search_base,OU=Shared,OU=Corporate Users,DC=wmd,DC=edu
ldap_user_search_base,OU=ServiceAccounts,OU=Corporate Servers,DC=wmd,DC=edu
ldap_group_search_base,ou=Unix,ou=Security Groups,ou=Corporate Groups,dc=wmd,dc=edu
ldap_default_bind_dn = CN=aixldapquery,OU=ServiceAccounts,OU=Corporate Servers,DC=wmd,DC=edu
ldap_default_authtok_type = password
ldap_default_authtok = **********
ldap_tls_cacertdir = /etc/openldap/cacerts
ldap_referrals = false

krb5_realm = WMD.EDU
krb5_kpasswd =
krb5_server =
krb5_canonicalize = False

offline_credentials_expiration = 0

where ********** is the password of the aixldapquery account, which queries AD on the behalf of the login in user.

d. While in /etc/sssd, edit permissions of the sssd.conf – this is important, otherwise the service will not start!

# chmod 0600 sssd.conf

e. Verify that the following files in /etc/pam.d contain the entries shown.

[success=1 default=ignore] use_first_pass
session	required umask=0022 skel=/etc/skel
session	optional
password	sufficient use_authtok

f. Absolutely remove/comment out the following line in /etc/pam.d/common-account. Otherwise no AD defined user will be able to login.

account  [default=bad success=ok user_unknown=ignore]

g. Set the sssd service to start on reboot

# systemctl enable sssd

h. restart sssd and you are ready to go.

# systemctl restart sssd

The following command can be very useful troubleshooting sssd issues.

# sudo sssd -d9 -i

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