I've joined the domain and set up group login successfully, but can't get sudo to work for members of that group. %DOMAIN\\domain-group ALL=(ALL) ALL in /etc/sudoers doesn't work---users are not considered to be in sudoers. I think this has something to do with the way Ubuntu is interpreting the AD group because:

  • The AD group settings are identical to other working groups, and domain-group works on RHEL servers.
  • /etc/sssd/sssd.conf is also identical to working RHEL servers.
  • Domain user home directories, etc. are assigned to the domain users group as on working RHEL servers.
  • I can give individual domain users sudo access via /etc/sudoers, but not the group.
  • Logging in as a domain user gives the warning groups: cannot find name for group ID 16720351. When a domain user runs id, domain-group is associated with 16745417 instead of this gID.
  • domain-group is not in /etc/group, but when I attempt to use groupadd domain-groupto add the group manually, I get the error groupadd: group 'domain-group' already exists.

So what's the problem? Is there an Ubuntu-exclusive switch I need to flip or something?

  • 1
    Read man nsswitch.conf.
    – waltinator
    Dec 12, 2020 at 6:06
  • Please can you fix your question so that if you mean DOMAIN\\domain-group then all your examples use that, and if you mean domain-group or domain users or even DOMAIN\\domain users then everything uses that. It's really hard to work out what you mean with these apparent inconsistencies. Thanks Dec 14, 2020 at 14:02
  • 1
    Does this answer your question? Allow AD Groups to SUDO Jan 31, 2022 at 18:52

1 Answer 1


I'm not doing this on Ubuntu, so I don't know if there is something special there, but in CentOS I don't have to specify the domain in sudoers, so the syntax I use is:

%domain_group  ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL

Groups with spaces in them have to escape the space

%Linux\ Admins       ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .