Novell-ad-util generates misleading/peculiar error messages when adding CIFS virtual server resource.

  • 7018452
  • 05-Jan-2017
  • 12-Jan-2017


Micro Focus Open Enterprise Server 2015 (OES 2015) Linux Support Pack 1
Micro Focus Cluster Services


Following a migration from Open Enterprise Server 11 SP2, to Open Enterprise Server 2015 SP1, with no Active Directory integration in place, the following messages were encountered following a resource activation / migration on updated OES2015 SP1 cluster nodes :

novell-ad-util: This node has not joined domain. Can not do any cluster activity
novell-ad-util: Error:novell-ad-util failed to complete operation.

This message was a cause of concerns regarding environment stability and integrity.


The solution to this issue is verifying if AD integration is configured, before trying to merge the keytab file /etc/krb5.keytab.

The problem has been resolved, and will be made publicly available in an  upcoming Scheduled Maintenance release.
In case a PTF is required to address this issue in the interim, please contact Micro Focus technical support.


As part of processing "novcifs --add-virtual-sever" executed from cluster load script, novell-ad-util is invoked to do volume keytab file merging to default keytab.

Additional Information

novell-ad-util should exit immediately without any delay as there is no timeout/waiting by design. . When NSS-AD is not configured, novell-ad-util should exit immediately.