Ubuntu 22.04 - Microsoft Active Directory Group Policy

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In this Post I will show you the new Active Directory Group Policy integration in Ubuntu 22.04.


  • AD Server:
    • Domain Server: Windows Server 20119
    • Domain Name: devopstales.intra
    • Hostname: dc01.devopstales.intra
    • NetBIOS Name: DC01

Join the Ubuntu 22.04 to Active Directory

First install some required packages.

sudo apt install sssd-ad sssd-tools realmd adcli adsys -y

Change the DNS and NTP server to the Active Directory Domain Controller

sudo vi /etc/netplan/01-netcfg.yaml 
        addresses: []

sudo netplan apply
sudo vi /etc/ntp.conf
server iburst

sudo systemctl restart ntp

ntpq -p

Test Active Directory Domain Connection

realm discover dc01.devopstales.intra

  type: kerberos
  domain-name: devopstales.intra
  configured: no
  server-software: active-directory
  client-software: sssd
  required-package: sssd-tools
  required-package: sssd
  required-package: libnss-sss
  required-package: libpam-sss
  required-package: adcli
  required-package: samba-common-bin

Join to the Active Directory Domain

sudo realm join dc01.devopstales.intra
Password for Administrator:

id developer-user@devopstales.intra
uid=1259201103(developer-user@devopstales.intra) gid=1259200513(domain users@devopstales.intra) groups=1259200513(domain users@devopstales.intra),1259200512(domain admins@devopstales.intra),1259200572(denied rodc password replication group@devopstales.intra)

If you want to cut down the domain name from the username:

sudo vi /etc/sssd/sssd.conf
 use_fully_qualified_names = False

systemctl restart sssd

id Administrator
uid=1259200500(administrator) gid=1259200513(domain users) groups=1259200513(domain users),1259200572(denied rodc password replication group),1259200512(domain admins),1259200518(schema admins),1259200520(group policy creator owners),1259200519(enterprise admins)

Enable home folder creation for domain users:

sudo pam-auth-update --enable mkdir

Now you can login wit and AD user to the Ubuntu:


Ubuntu 22.04 LTS dlp.srv.world ttyS0

ubuntu-client login: developer-user@devopstales.intra
Welcome to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (GNU/Linux 5.15.0-25-generic x86_64)

Manage Linux GPO from Windows AD

To manage Linux clients from AD Group Policy we need to install the custom Group Policies to the AD Domain Controller sysvol folder.

Firs we generate the custom Group Policy files:

sudo adsysctl policy admx all

On AD Domain Controller copy these files to:

.admx C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain\Policies\PolicyDefinitions\
.adml C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain\Policies\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\

Create GPO for sudo

On the Windows Active Directory Domain Controller open Group Policy Management Console

Create a new GPO and right click Edit

Go to Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Ubuntu > Client Management > Privilege Authorization. Then Select Client Administrators Select Enable and add the usernames.

Now force sync the GPOs on the Ubuntu client:

adsysctl policy update -av

adsysctl policy applied --details

Now you can sudo with the selected user.