SSSD 1.11 and AD homeDirectory

Jeffrey Ollie jeff at
Wed Sep 11 20:26:22 UTC 2013

On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM, Simo Sorce <simo at> wrote:
> Almost certainly you do not want a home directory backed by a cifs
> filesystem, however if you really do I suggest you configure autofs and
> cifs with multi-user mounts on your machine.

It's not a question of "want", I'm trying to integrate a Fedora
desktop(s) as seamlessly as possible into an existing Active Directory
environment, and that means having a user's personal files accessible
as seamlessly as possible.  The new AD support in SSSD 1.11 means that
the AD admins don't need to extend the AD schema and maintain the new

> You will not be able to have the home directory be specified by the AD
> server though unless you want to cleverly use the unixHomeDirectory
> attribute (and your windows admin properly populates it for each user).

The actual attribute in AD is "homeDirectory" and is populated with
UNC paths to the user's home directory.  I'll have to dig into autofs
to see if it can do what I want.

Jeff Ollie

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