Tuesday, August 30, 2011

NetApp Experience: Joining the FAS System to Active Directory

While enabling CIFS, you are asked if you want to join a domain.  This can get a bit complicated depending on whether you have privileges to add computers to the domain, and specifically which OU you have rights to add a computer to.  Unfortunately, ONTAP lists OU's in a very not-useful way, so if you arent' able to get the OU=Contoso,OU=com,etc syntax right you'll find yourself frustrated.  Luckily, there's a backdoor way to accomplish this.

"By creating a computer account in Active Directory before the computer joins the domain, you can determine exactly where in the directory the computer account will be placed."*1

So go ahead and create the account in ADUC, and then join the domain using the CIFS setup technique like you normally would.  Problem solved!

*1 http://ptgmedia.pearsoncmg.com/images/9780789736178/samplechapter/0789736179_CH02.pdf

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