How to keep unRAID Server in Active Directory?

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Hi, my company is currently having problems with our unRAID Server 4.5.6 Pro.

Our company uses Active Directory and security models from AD.

The problem is, every time we restarted unRAID Server, and the server is not considered by the system as a member of the AD.

Before I can rejoin the AD, I have to go through the process of editing the file path: “etc/samba/smb-names.conf.”

And I had to manually set the work group to the name of our AD.

Else, I keep getting errors in the syslog and could not join the AD.

Can anyone tell me what to do to keep the unRAID Server in the AD?

Please help me.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #116151

How to keep unRAID Server in Active Directory?


It is very important to note that if you are setting up unRaid with Active Directory, it is essential that you perform all the steps first before turning on the array.  If you turn on the array before setting up Active Directory it will not function correctly due to security errors.

1.  Once the unRAID is installed and attached properly, type //Tower in your web browser and the unRAID menu will pop up.

2.  Set up the identification server name, network static IP, and time in the settings page.

3.  Install the unRAID key by putting it on the USB port via \  Use the IP address at this point because the machine is not rebooted yet for the new server identification to work properly.

4.  Now that the key is installed you need to reboot the device by clicking the reboot button.

5.  In the settings tab you need to change the security to Active Directory and input your FQDN not NETBIOS and an administrator name with access to add machines to the network.

6.  Clicking the join button does not work at this point.  Add another file to the flash drive and point the file where the Active Directory realm is.

7.  Add the file smb-extra.conf to the \

8.  Edit the smb-extra.conf file to add the lines realm = FQDN and workgroup = NETBIOS

9.  Now hit the join again, it works.

10.  You can verify this in the Active Directory Users and Computers on the domain server

11.  Under the shares tab enable user shares.  Then change AD initial owner to Administrators instead of Administrator

12.  Create a user share 

13.  Restart the machine and verify if the Active Directory is still joined.

14.  Now if you want to add the Hard Drives to the array.  Go to the devices tab and assign the Hard Drives to the array.

15. After that start the array up to the main screen and wait for the parity check to complete.

16.  While the parity is running you can verify that the share is running by typing \EST001 (\Tower) in an explorer.  Since security is set up it will ask you to type in your domain credentials.  You should use a set that has access to either Administrators or Domain Users.

17.  You can see the disks and the share and you can access all after typing in your domain credentials.  Once the parity is finished the drives should be working.

Answered By 0 points N/A #116152

How to keep unRAID Server in Active Directory?


The reason why you are having that problem is probably because SMART has not been enabled for your drive, and therefore you will need to enable it to solve that problem.

When you are using unRAID v4.3 beta 6, you will notice that the SMART will be enabled automatically before even  the temp is requested, but for the previous versions or in the case where the temp is still missing, you will need to check the following URL for more guidance.

For some drives, you may need to add cat commands to the go script. You will also need to just ignore the output of the cat command. Follow the link that follows for details: .

One more thing that you will need to observe is that the SMART has been enabled in the BIOS menus.

Mathew Stone


Answered By 20 points N/A #116153

How to keep unRAID Server in Active Directory?


I am grateful to have heard your solutions and thankfully I posted my problem in this site.

Since then, I don't edit the file path and manually set the work group to the name of our AD no more.

We got to keep the unRAID Server in the AD.

Thanks so much!

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