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Test that the IPA server can be installed


  1. For testing purposes, a machine (or VM) with 1GB of RAM and 4 GB of free disk space for binaries, data and logs should be plenty to set up and run an IPA master.
  2. Make sure /etc/hosts is sane and your hostname does not appear in either the IPv4 or IPv6 localhost lines.
  3. In the following text, we assume that the IPA server name is and the realm is IPA.EXAMPLE.ORG
  4. If you have an existing AD server in your network, choose a different name for the IPA server realm name. Clients that use DNS autodiscovery to find the KDC to use may get confused and try to authenticate to the AD KDC. It is recommended that FreeIPA and AD serves different domains, for example and

How to test


First, install the FreeIPA server package:

# yum install freeipa-server

With DNS

We highly recommend installing FreeIPA with integrated DNS service as it will make client autodiscovery or AD Trust configuration much easier. You will just need to make sure that the domain managed by FreeIPA is properly delegated to the FreeIPA server or that your VMs are configured to use FreeIPA server directly (by configuring your DHCP server or manually updating /etc/resolv.conf).

# yum install bind bind-dyndb-ldap
# ipa-server-install --setup-dns

Or with all options on the command-line:

# ipa-server-install -a Secret123 -p Secret123 --realm=IPA.EXAMPLE.ORG --hostname --setup-dns --forwarder=<forwarder IP> -U

Substitute you existing DNS server's IP for <forwarder IP>, or pass --no-forwarders.

Without DNS

For a fully-interactive install run:

# ipa-server-install

You can optionally provide all options on the command-line:

# ipa-server-install -a Secret123 -p Secret123 --realm=IPA.EXAMPLE.ORG --hostname -U

Verify the basics

Ideally each of these installation steps will finish with no errors and will yield a running set of IPA services.

To briefly test the installation:

# kinit admin  # (the password is the admin password, or the password from -a)

Show our own user entry:

# ipa user-show admin

And make sure nss can see us too:

# id admin
# getent passwd admin

Verify the server_mode

Starting with version 3.3, the SSSD running on the server operates in a special mode, denoted with ipa_server_mode directive set in the config file. Verify it has been set:

# grep server_mode /etc/sssd/sssd.conf 
ipa_server_mode = True

Verify DNS

Verify these only if you installed with a DNS server.

# dig

Look for a line like this in the output:      86400   IN      A
# host has address
# ipa dns-resolve
Found ''
# ipa host-show
  Host name:
  Principal name: host/
  Keytab: True
  Managed by:

Configure the Firewall

New Fedora 19 systems have FirewallD enabled by default, you may want to either open all ports required by FreeIPA server or disable the Firewall for the test and flush iptables rules so that clients do not have issues connecting FreeIPA server:

# systemctl stop firewalld.service
# systemctl disable firewalld.service
# iptables -F

Client testing

Add a client

If you have more than two machines, install a client or a replica. If you have installed DNS, edit /etc/resolv.conf and add the FreeIPA server as a nameserver.

# yum install freeipa-client
# ipa-client-install

Or with all options on the command-line.

# yum install freeipa-client
# ipa-client-install -p admin -w Secret123 -U

Verify that nss can see us:

# id admin
# getent passwd admin

With the Package-x-generic-16.pngfreeipa-admintools package, you can test installation using the ipa command:

# yum install freeipa-admintools
# kinit admin
# ipa user-show admin

Remove a client

When you are done with a client, you can uninstall it:

# ipa-client-install --uninstall

The uninstallation should complete with no errors. To verify that uninstallation was successful, install the client again.


FreeIPA provides a way to uninstall the configured services and it does its best to return the system to its previous state. To run the FreeIPA server uninstaller execute:

# ipa-server-install --uninstall -U

Verify uninstallation

Un-installation is intended for developers. It is a best-as-we-can restoration of files primarily to prepare the server to be re-installed.

To verify that the server is in a state where it can be re-installed re-run ipa-server-install:

# ipa-server-install

If something failed in the un-installation you would get an error message that the server is already installed/configured.

Expected Results

All the test steps should end with the specified results.