Step by step installing an Identity Management server in Linux using IPA
Are you looking to implement any one of the centralized authentication solutions in your environment and it should include with a DNS and more features? Why can’t we think about IDM using IPA? IDM is an opensource solution which provided by Red Hat and builds with more features to support one-time passwords (OTPs), Single sign-on (SSO), policy, PAM, NTP, Kerberos, audit, Active directory trust, Host-Based Access Control (HBAC) and much more.
If you are looking to build a dedicated DNS server, LDAP server and NTP server, its time to replace those all with IDM. A single place to manage everything. Do we have a valid subscription with RedHat? then you will get the end to end support while we raise with any case regarding IDM. Moreover, CentOS and Oracle Linux too included IPA in their repositories, using this guide we are safe to go-head to set-up IDM in CentOS or in Oracle Linux.
What should be considered while IDM implementation?
IDM replaced NSCD cache daemon with SSSD, Its recommended disabling Name Service cache daemon (NSCD). Having both installed in a server may cause unanticipated problems. Never disable IPv6 to get an uninterrupted name resolution for LDAP server in it. Strictly need to be configured with both forward and reverse DNS lookups.
In our upcoming all how to guides we are going to resolve any hostnames and user authentication from the IDM server which we are about to implement now in a test environment.
- Static IP and Hostname.
- Minimum 3 GB of RAM and 1 GB of Swap to manage 10,000 users and 100 groups.
- Need minimum 30 GB of disk space
- A single Interface minimum required.
Step 1: Set Hostname and configure Static IP Address.
To set up an Identity Management with DNS server it must be configured with a static IP and hostname before starting with any other steps.
# hostnamectl set-hostname idmns.linuxsysadmins.local # hostnamectl status # ip a | grep -i inet | grep -v 'inet6\|127'
Add the hostname in /etc/hosts.
# vi /etc/hosts
Step 2: Adding Firewall rules:
We required below ports to be opened in IDM server.
80,443,389,636,88,464,53 (TCP) and 88,464,53,123 (UDP).
Start the firewalld service and add the required services.
By adding freeipa-ldap, freeipa-ldaps and dns we are done with enabling 80,443,389,636,88,464,53 ports.
# systemctl start firewalld # systemctl enable firewalld # firewall-cmd --add-service=freeipa-ldap --permanent # firewall-cmd --add-service=freeipa-ldaps --permanent # firewall-cmd --add-service=dns --permanent # firewall-cmd --reload # firewall-cmd --list-all or # iptables -L -n -v --line-numbers
Step 3: Installing Red Hat Identity Management using IPA
Next step we need to install the required packages. In our setup, we are using with bind for DNS. If you are not set up with DNS exclude the bind and bind-dyndb packages. In future, any plan to integrate existing Active Directory with IDM make sure to install with “ipa-server-trust-ad”.
# yum install ipa-server ipa-server-dns bind bind-dyndb-ldap ipa-server-trust-ad -y
Step 4: Configure the IPA server:
Running only “ipa-server-install” command will ask for several questions which we need to provide one by one, Instead, we can use all those options in a single command to perform an unattended installation.
# ipa-server-install --setup-dns --no-forwarders --auto-reverse -p "redhat123" -a "redhat123" \ -n linuxsysadmins.local -r LINUXSYSADMINS.LOCAL --netbios-name=LINUXSYSADMINS \ --hostname=idmns.linuxsysadmins.local --setup-adtrust --setup-kra --idstart=5000 \ --idmax=2000000 --auto-reverse --enable-compat --mkhomedir --no-host-dns
In case if we need to add a forwarder and forwarders policy in future it possible from the command line and from the web interface.
Let’s look into each option we used.
- –setup-dns – Configure DNS using Bind for our IPA
- –no-forwarders – Do not add any DNS forwarders.
- –auto-reverse – Create necessary reverse zones
- -p – Directory Manager password
- -a – admin user Kerberos password (Web UI)
- -n – primary DNS domain name of the IPA setup.
- -r – Kerberos realm name of the IPA Server setup.
- –netbios-name – NetBIOS name of the IPA domain
- –hostname – hostname of IPA server
- –setup-adtrust – To configure with AD trust
- –setup-kra – To setup and configure dog tag KRA
- –idstart – UID need to be started (we use 5000)
- –idmax – The max value of UID allowed (we using 2000000)
- –enable-compat – Enable support for trusted domains for old clients
- –mkhomedir – create home directories for users on their first login
- –no-host-dns – To skip DNS for hostname lookup during installation
The password used through this guide will be “redhat123“. Make sure to use your own defined complex password when you are implementing IDM in production environments.
Installation Output has been truncated:
[root@idmns ~]# ipa-server-install --setup-dns --no-forwarders --auto-reverse -p "redhat123" -a "redhat123" -n linuxsysadmins.local -r LINUXSYSADMINS.LOCAL --netbios-name=LINUXSYSADMINS --hostname=idmns.linuxsysadmins.local --setup-adtrust --setup-kra --idstart=5000 --idmax=2000000 --auto-reverse --enable-compat --mkhomedir --no-host-dns Checking DNS domain linuxsysadmins.local, please wait ... The log file for this installation can be found in /var/log/ipaserver-install.log ============================================================================== This program will set up the IPA Server. This includes: * Configure a stand-alone CA (dogtag) for certificate management * Configure the Network Time Daemon (ntpd) * Create and configure an instance of Directory Server * Create and configure a Kerberos Key Distribution Center (KDC) * Configure Apache (httpd) * Configure KRA (dogtag) for secret management * Configure DNS (bind) * Configure Samba (smb) and winbind for managing AD trusts * Configure the KDC to enable PKINIT To accept the default shown in brackets, press the Enter key. Warning: skipping DNS resolution of host idmns.linuxsysadmins.local Checking DNS domain linuxsysadmins.local., please wait ... WARNING: The smb.conf already exists. Running ipa-adtrust-install will break your existing samba configuration. Do you wish to continue? [no]: yes The IPA Master Server will be configured with: Hostname: idmns.linuxsysadmins.local IP address(es): 192.168.107.100 Domain name: linuxsysadmins.local Realm name: LINUXSYSADMINS.LOCAL BIND DNS server will be configured to serve IPA domain with: Forwarders: No forwarders Forward policy: only Reverse zone(s): No reverse zone Continue to configure the system with these values? [no]: yes The following operations may take some minutes to complete. Please wait until the prompt is returned. Configuring NTP daemon (ntpd) [1/4]: stopping ntpd [2/4]: writing configuration [3/4]: configuring ntpd to start on boot [24/24]: restarting smbd Done configuring CIFS. Configuring client side components Using existing certificate '/etc/ipa/ca.crt'. Client hostname: idmns.linuxsysadmins.local Realm: LINUXSYSADMINS.LOCAL DNS Domain: linuxsysadmins.local IPA Server: idmns.linuxsysadmins.local BaseDN: dc=linuxsysadmins,dc=local Skipping synchronizing time with NTP server. New SSSD config will be created Configured sudoers in /etc/nsswitch.conf Configured /etc/sssd/sssd.conf trying https://idmns.linuxsysadmins.local/ipa/json [try 1]: Forwarding 'schema' to json server 'https://idmns.linuxsysadmins.local/ipa/json' trying https://idmns.linuxsysadmins.local/ipa/session/json [try 1]: Forwarding 'ping' to json server 'https://idmns.linuxsysadmins.local/ipa/session/json' [try 1]: Forwarding 'ca_is_enabled' to json server 'https://idmns.linuxsysadmins.local/ipa/session/json' Systemwide CA database updated. Adding SSH public key from /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key.pub Adding SSH public key from /etc/ssh/ssh_host_ecdsa_key.pub Adding SSH public key from /etc/ssh/ssh_host_ed25519_key.pub [try 1]: Forwarding 'host_mod' to json server 'https://idmns.linuxsysadmins.local/ipa/session/json' SSSD enabled Configured /etc/openldap/ldap.conf Configured /etc/ssh/ssh_config Configured /etc/ssh/sshd_config Configuring linuxsysadmins.local as NIS domain. Client configuration complete. The ipa-client-install command was successful ============================================================================== Setup complete Next steps: 1. You must make sure these network ports are open: TCP Ports: * 80, 443: HTTP/HTTPS * 389, 636: LDAP/LDAPS * 88, 464: kerberos * 53: bind UDP Ports: * 88, 464: kerberos * 53: bind * 123: ntp 2. You can now obtain a kerberos ticket using the command: 'kinit admin' This ticket will allow you to use the IPA tools (e.g., ipa user-add) and the web user interface. Be sure to back up the CA certificates stored in /root/cacert.p12 These files are required to create replicas. The password for these files is the Directory Manager password [root@idmns ~]#
In case Installation fails, check your logs and fix what we missed before running again.
# tail -n 25 /var/log/ipaserver-install.log
To check the service status use “ipactl” command. ipactl service can be managed using available options start, stop, restart and status
# ipactl status
Step 4: Access IDM Management Web interface.
Before login to the Web UI, we need a Kerberos ticket to authenticate by running “kinit” command from IDM server command line, type the password when prompt for it.
Fire up anyone of web browser and navigate using IP or hostname.
https://192.168.107.100 or https://idmns.linuxsysadmins.local
It will prompt to accept the certificate, Click on “Advanced” and again click “Exception” at the bottom.
This will bring a pop-up window click “Get Certificate” and click “Confirm Security Exception” to import the certificate.
Now we will get the Identity Management Server login screen as shown in below figure. By default, the username will be “admin” and password provided during installation with “-a” option “redhat123“.
Once we click “Login” it will take us to “Identity –> Users –> Active users –> list of users“. By default during the installation admin user will be created which can be seen in this list.
There is three type of users can be added or present in IDM server we will discuss this later in a separate article.
Click on user “admin” we will get more information.
- We can notice the starting UID 5000.
- And GID as 5000 which will match to UID.
This because during installation we used the option “–idstart” which made the starting UID from 5000.
To know more information about this navigates to IPAServer –> ID Ranges –> ID Range: LINUXSYSADMINS.LOCAL_id_range it will give full information.
Step 5: Updating profile and changing the admin password:
In case if we need to update our profile with more information click on “Administrator” in right side top corner and click “profile” to update the information.
To change the password click “Change password“.
To log out the session click on administrator and choose “Logout“.
That’s it we have completed with installing and configuring identity management server (IDM) using IPA.
We can set up an opensource identity management server using IPA to fulfil our centralized user authentication and DNS resolution. IDM not limited to only identity management it have more features let’s cover in upcoming articles. Subscribe to our newsletter and stay tuned to receive more IDM related topics.