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Active Directory Domain

Pop!_OS and Ubuntu can be joined to an Active Directory domain, which allows users to log in with their existing network credentials.

  1. Install the necessary packages:

    sudo apt install sssd heimdal-clients msktutil

    While installing those packages, you will be prompted for the following information. These are sample responses. Our domain is called "system76.local" and our Active Directory server is called "adserver" in this example:

    Forest name: SYSTEM76
    Domain controller hostname: ADSERVER.system76.local
    Administrative server for your Kerberos realm: ADSERVER.system76.local
  2. Move the default Kerberos configuration file to a backup, and create a fresh file to use:

    sudo mv /etc/krb5.conf /etc/krb5.conf.default
    sudo nano /etc/krb5.conf

    Edit the /etc/krb5.conf file with the following contents:

    default_realm = SYSTEM76.LOCAL
    rdns = no
    dns_lookup_kdc = true
    dns_lookup_realm = true
    SYSTEM76.LOCAL = {
    kdc = ADSERVER.system76.local
    admin_server = ADSERVER.system76.local
  3. Initialize Kerberos and generate a keytab file. The first command requires the username of a domain administrator, and our computer's hostname is "pop-os" in this example:

    kinit administrator
    msktutil -N -c -b 'CN=COMPUTERS' -s POP-OS/pop-os.system76.local -k my-keytab.keytab --computer-name POP-OS --upn POP-OS$ --server adserver.system76.local --user-creds-only
    msktutil -N -c -b 'CN=COMPUTERS' -s POP-OS/pop-os -k my-keytab.keytab --computer-name POP-OS --upn POP-OS$ --server adserver.system76.local --user-creds-only
  4. Move the keytab to the /etc/sssd directory, and configure SSSD:

    sudo mv my-keytab.keytab /etc/sssd/my-keytab.keytab
    sudo nano /etc/sssd/sssd.conf

    The SSSD configuration file should contain the following:

    services = nss, pam
    config_file_version = 2
    domains = system76.local
    entry_negative_timeout = 0
    #debug_level = 5
    #debug_level = 5
    #debug_level = 10
    enumerate = false
    id_provider = ad
    auth_provider = ad
    chpass_provider = ad
    access_provider = ad
    dyndns_update = false
    ad_hostname = pop-os.system76.local
    ad_server = adserver.system76.local
    ad_domain = system76.local
    ldap_schema = ad
    ldap_id_mapping = true
    fallback_homedir = /home/%u
    default_shell = /bin/bash
    ldap_sasl_mech = gssapi
    ldap_sasl_authid = POP-OS$
    krb5_keytab = /etc/sssd/my-keytab.keytab
    ldap_krb5_init_creds = true

    After saving, set the appropriate permissions on that configuration file:

    sudo chmod 0600 /etc/sssd/sssd.conf
  5. Configure PAM:

    sudo nano /etc/pam.d/common-session

    Look for the line that contains "session required" and add this line immediately below it:

    session required skel=/etc/skel umask=0077

    After saving that file, restart SSSD:

    sudo systemctl restart sssd
  6. Add the domain administrator to the local sudo group:

    sudo adduser administrator sudo

    Then, test a login with the domain administrator:

    su -l administrator
  7. Reboot the computer. At the login screen, you can click the "Not listed?" link, and type the username of any domain user. After logging in with a domain user for the first time, that user will appear on the login screen's user list.

    Login Screen