When downgrading — either downgrading the version of SSSD or downgrading the operating system itself — then the existing SSSD cache needs to be removed. If the cache is not removed, then SSSD process is dead but a PID file remains. The SSSD logs show that it cannot connect to any of its associated domains because the cache version is unrecognized.
(Wed Nov 28 21:25:50 2012) [sssd] [sysdb_domain_init_internal] (0x0010): Unknown DB version [0.14], expected [0.10] for domain AD!
Users are then no longer recognized and are unable to authenticate to domain services and hosts.
After downgrading the SSSD version:
Delete the existing cache database files.
~]# rm -rf /var/lib/sss/db/*
Restart the SSSD process.
~]# service sssd restart
Stopping sssd: [FAILED]
Starting sssd: [ OK ]