Fun with KVM on Squeeze

Have recently received a server from a friend which I’m going to be using to replace my existing one. It’s currently running a handful of virtual hosts with Xen using paravirtualisation. The new server has hardware virtualisation so I thought I would try KVM as it seems more in vogue these days. There is a useful KVM/Debian Squeeze Howto on which gave me a good grounding on most things.

It seems quite good so far, but not without some minor issues.

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Debian Squeeze, Active Directory & Samba

[Updated 30/10/2012 to include a configuration option to stop timeout errors]

This originally started as a note to myself should I ever need to revisit this, but I have expanded it a bit to make it a bit more general in case others might find it useful.

I use Debian Squeeze on our Linux servers. I have been trying to get them to authenticate off of our Active Directory/Windows Server 2008. Previously we used OpenLDAP and this worked well, but with AD I’d rather have one authentication system. One password rather than two.

My experience with Winbind has not been favourable. Despite documentation and plenty of blogs with well written examples of how to do it I could not get it to work for me. Most of what is written is from there.

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