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CIFS server creation fails "Error: Machine account creation procedure failed"

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Applies to

  • ONTAP9
  • CIFS (SMB)
  • DNS


::> vserver cifs create -cifs-server <cifs-server> -vserver <vserver> -domain <domain> -ou "OU=...,DC=...,DC=..."
In order to create an Active Directory machine account for the CIFS server, you must supply the name and password of a Windows account with sufficient privileges to add computers to the "OU=...,DC=...,DC=..." container within the "..." domain.

Enter the user name: ...
Enter the password:

Warning: An account by this name already exists in Active Directory at CN=<cifs-server>,OU=...,DC=...,DC=....
If there is an existing DNS entry for the name <cifs-server>, it must be removed. Data ONTAP cannot remove such an entry.
Use an external tool to remove it after this command completes.
Ok to reuse this account? {y|n}: y

Error: Machine account creation procedure failed

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