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How to convert a CIFS SVM from workgroup to domain membership

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • CIFS / SMB
  • Windows Domain Controller


This article describes the steps to be taken to convert an SVM from domain to workgroup member.


Note: An account with domain administrative privileges will be required to join the CIFS SVM to an Active Directory domain.

1. Review the current Authentication Style configured on the SVM and CIFS shares present:

cluster1::> vserver cifs show
            Server          Status    Domain/Workgroup Authentication
Vserver     Name            Admin     Name             Style
----------- --------------- --------- ---------------- --------------
svm1        SVM1            up        WORKGROUP        workgroup  <<<

2. Modify the SVM CIFS configuration:

cluster1::> vserver cifs modify -vserver svm1 -status-admin down -domain

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 "CN=Computers" container within the

Enter the user name: administrator

Enter the password:

3. Confirm Authentication Style has now changed to domain:

cluster1::> vserver cifs show
            Server          Status    Domain/Workgroup Authentication
Vserver     Name            Admin     Name             Style
----------- --------------- --------- ---------------- --------------
svm1        SVM1            up  domain  <<<


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