When attempting to join a domain, the following is returned:

Error: NO_SUCH_CELL on domain join.


This error typically occurs if there is no cell in Active Directory (AD) for AD Bridge to join. AD Bridge runs in three modes: Directory Integrated mode, Unprovisioned mode, or ID Range. Directory Integrated mode is the preferred method.

Directory Integrated mode can use Default or Named Cell, while Unprovisioned mode is Named Cell only. ID range is mutually exclusive from having cells defined. ID Range and either Default Cells or Named Cells may not be defined at the same time.

If IDRange was in use then it is possible that the --IDRange flag

A Default Cell is an AD object that sits at the root of the domain and allows all users and groups enabled in that cell to access any Linux or Unix machine joined to AD. Access can be restricted by using security groups and enabling require membership of in the group policy applied to the servers. Once enabled, select the appropriate security groups for access.

A Named Cell is similar in concept. However, a Named Cell can exist in any OU and users enabled in this cell only have access to servers within the same OU the cell exists in or below, but nowhere else. With Default Cell, there is only one, but with Named Cell, multiple cells are allowed.

We recommend a maximum of four Named Cells for ease of administration purposes. There is no limit to the number of cells that AD Bridge supports. A mix of Default and Named Cells can coexist in the same environment.

A cell must be created for AD Bridge to work. Prepare AD first to allow AD Bridge to function, then install the agent on a Linux or Unix machine.

For more information, please see the AD Bridge Installation Guide.


Join to a location that has either a Default or Named Cell. If that does not exist, create a Default or Named Cell.