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Windows_ad_join resource was broken for cross domain authentication #8436

earlmaier opened this issue Apr 30, 2019 · 0 comments


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commented Apr 30, 2019


If the "domain_user" 's domain differs from the the domain it is joining this resource will fail. Before #7906 you could pass the domain\user. Now the command expects user and appends the domain to the powershell command.

This is an issue for larger companies with multiple domains.

Chef Version

Chef_version >= 14.8.12

Platform Version


Replication Case

For domain_user pass a user "domain"\user with a differing "domain" then the domain the machine is joining.


   windows_ad_join <domain_A> do
    domain_password      join_pass
    domain_user          domain_B\maier
    ou_path              join_oupath
    reboot               :delayed
    sensitive            false

Client Output

Failed to join the domain <OUR_DOMAIN>: Add-Computer : Computer '<hostname>' failed to join domain '<OUR_DOMAIN>' from its 
current workgroup 'WORKGROUP' with following error message: The user name or password is 
At line:1 char:181
+ ... com",$pswd);Add-Computer -DomainName <OUR_DOMAIN> -Cred ...
+                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : OperationStopped: (<hostname>:String) [Add-Computer], InvalidOpera 
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : FailToJoinDomainFromWorkgroup,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.AddComp 


C:/opscode/chef/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.5.0/gems/chef-14.10.9-universal-mingw32/lib/chef/resource/windows_ad_join.rb:80:in `block (2 levels) in <class:WindowsAdJoin>'
C:/opscode/chef/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.5.0/gems/chef-14.10.9-universal-mingw32/lib/chef/mixin/why_run.rb:51:in `add_action'
C:/opscode/chef/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.5.0/gems/chef-14.10.9-universal-mingw32/lib/chef/provider.rb:227:in `converge_by'
C:/opscode/chef/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.5.0/gems/chef-14.10.9-universal-mingw32/lib/chef/resource/windows_ad_join.rb:74:in `block in <class:WindowsAdJoin>'
(eval):2:in `block in action_join'
C:/opscode/chef/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.5.0/gems/chef-14.10.9-universal-mingw32/lib/chef/provider.rb:236:in `instance_eval'
C:/opscode/chef/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.5.0/gems/chef-14.10.9-universal-mingw32/lib/chef/provider.rb:236:in `compile_and_converge_action'
(eval):2:in `action_join'
C:/opscode/chef/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.5.0/gems/chef-14.10.9-universal-mingw32/lib/chef/provider.rb:182:in `run_action'
C:/opscode/chef/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.5.0/gems/chef-14.10.9-universal-mingw32/lib/chef/resource.rb:578:in `run_action'
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