Category:I804 Linux Windows administration

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Linux/Windows administration

General information

In this course we will take a look at how Linux and Windows machines are administered.

Assume that from previous courses there is familiarity with: basic virtualization, networks, partitions, filesystems, BIND9.


  • IP Configuration
  • Installing Windows server
  • Disk Configuration
  • Hyper-V Configuration
  • DNS Configuration
  • Active Directory
  • Setting up GPO-s
  • Remotely configuring workstations
  • Virtual Private Network
  • Printer Configuration
  • Server Back-up
  • Exchange Server


  • Configuration management using Puppet
  • Setting up fileserver using Samba, identity mapping
  • Setting up Samba as domain controller and/or joining Samba to AD domain
  • Using samba-tool to manage user accounts and DNS records on domain controller
  • Interacting with domain controller using LDAP
  • Configuring Postfix and Dovecot servers for sending e-mail via SMTP and receiving e-mail over IMAP
  • Creating service accounts and authenticating network services (gogs, wiki, etc) with LDAP
  • Guidelines for hardening Ubuntu installation


Interacting with domain controller

Video recording of the lecture/lab here:

If you're attempting to run these commands on a blank Ubuntu box you need to install couple packages:

 apt install nmap dnsutils krb5-user ldap-utils libsasl2-modules-gssapi-mit samba-common cifs-utils
 pip install pyldap

Figure out what are the host name(s) of the domain controller(s) for INTRA.ITCOLLEGE.EE realm:

 dig -t SRV

Figure out which ports are open on the domain controller?

 nmap ...

Attempt to query information about your user account from the domain controller. Where is the e-mail being forwarded to? What is the security identifier for the user? What script is being executed when the user logs in to Windows workstation?

 ldapsearch -H ldap://... -W -D -b ... samaccountname=target-username

Download and install Apache Directory Studio. Configure connection to the domain controller for browsing graphically.

List Kerberos tickets:


Flush credentials:


Obtain new credentials. What is the error message returned upon incorrect password? What tickets were initialized by the command? What is the lifetime of the tickets?

 kinit your-username@INTRA.ITCOLLEGE.EE

Try to renew:


Attempt same LDAP queries as you did before but now with Kerberos credentials by substituing -W -D ... flags with -Y GSSAPI:

 ldapsearch -H ldap://... -Y GSSAPI -b ... samaccountname=target-username

List Kerberos tickets again. What changed? Query the same information from another domain controller. What changed now?

Attempt the same query using Python, make modifications as necessary:

import ldap, ldap.sasl
l = ldap.initialize('ldap://...')
l.set_option(ldap.OPT_REFERRALS, 0)
l.sasl_interactive_bind_s('', ldap.sasl.gssapi())            
filter = '(&(objectClass=user)(objectCategory=person)(samaccountname=target-username))'
r = l.search_s('dc=...,dc=...,dc=...',ldap.SCOPE_SUBTREE,filter,['cn','mail'])
for dn,entry in r:
    if not dn: continue
    full_name, = entry["cn"]
    mail, = entry["mail"]
    print full_name, mail

Using Samba client tools list filesystem shares from domain controller:

smbclient -k ... -L

List Kerberos tickets again. What changed?

List files in the NETLOGON share:

 smbclient -k //.../netlogon -c ls

Download the login script whose filename was previously figured out with LDAP query.

 smbclient -k //.../netlogon -c "get ..."

What commands are executed when Windows workstation logs in?

Attempt to browse shares from the fileserver using smbclient.

Open graphical filesystem browser of Ubuntu (nautilus). Press Ctrl-L to open up address bar. Attemp to browse shares at domain controller and at fileserver.

Setting up domain controller

Samba 4.x is a software suite that provides functionality very close to Microsoft's Active Directory. This allows you to centrally manage user accounts, DNS records and Windows workstations. Samba is integral part of several Linux distributions such as Zentyal, Uninvention Corporate Server which are specifically targeted to small/medium sized enterprises.

Samba can also be installed on any other Linux distribution in which case some manual configuration is necessary and this is what following is about.

In this case domain controller is set up at dc1.mycorp.lan Make sure /etc/hosts and /etc/hostname correspond to your setup. Change arguments as necessary.

Set up a blank Ubuntu 16.04 server machine.

Install packages:

 apt-get install samba samba-vfs-modules smbclient winbind krb5-user ldap-utils

Provision domain controller using Samba, note that capitalization matters:

 rm -fv /etc/samba/smb.conf
 samba-tool domain provision --server-role=dc --domain=MYCORP --realm=MYCORP.LAN

Reconfigure Kerberos client configuration:

 rm -fv /etc/krb5.conf
 ln -s /var/lib/samba/private/krb5.conf /etc/krb5.conf

Set domain administrator account password:

 samba-tool user setpassword administrator

Reconfigure password expiration, in this case password expiration is disabled:

 samba-tool domain passwordsettings set --max-pwd-age=0
 samba-tool domain passwordsettings set --min-pwd-age=0

Open /etc/samba/smb.conf and in the [global] section specify upstream DNS server:

 dns forwarder =

Start services:

 service smbd stop
 service nmbd stop
 service samba-ad-dc stop
 service samba-ad-dc start

Reconfiguring DHCP options

Now usually at this point you would reconfigure your router to serve:

  • the IP address of the domain controller as the DNS server (DHCP option 6)
  • the correct domain suffix, which in this case is mycorp.lan (DHCP option 15)
  • the correct search domain, again in this case mycorp.lan (DHCP option 119)

When working with VirtualBox and not wanting to set up a whole virtual machine for routing you can use VirtualBox's NatNetwork feature with DHCP disabled and install DHCP server on the domain controller instead. In VirtualBox main menu click Preferences and create a new NATNetwork with DHCP disabled:


Configure a static IP address for the domain controller in /etc/network/interfaces and reboot the box:

 auto lo
 iface lo inet loopback
 auto enp0s3
 iface enp0s3 inet static
   dns-domain mycorp.lan
   dns-search mycorp.lan

At the domain controller install ISC DHCP server package:

 apt install isc-dhcp-server

Remove existing configuration file:

 rm /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf

In the same file configure the DHCP server:

 subnet netmask {
   option domain-name "mycorp.lan";
   option domain-search "mycorp.lan";
   option domain-name-servers;
   option routers;

Save the file and restart service:

 systemctl restart isc-dhcp-server

Joining workstations to domain

Download Windows 10 ISO, install it and join it to domain. Proceed to install Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools to manage your domain controller. Log in with Other user and specify either mycorp\administrator or administrator@mycorp.lan as username. Verify that file shares at \\dc1.mycorp.lan are browseable.

Boot Ubuntu MATE LiveCD and install Ubuntu on the harddisk. Join it to domain using realmd and afterwards try to interact with the domain controller as shown in previous session:

 apt install realmd
 realm --verbose join mycorp.lan
 pam-auth-update # Tick "Create home directory on login" and press enter

Try to log out and log in with administrator@mycorp.lan and the domain administrator password.

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