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       ipa-client-install - Configure an IPA client


       ipa-client-install [OPTION]...


       Configures a client machine to use IPA for authentication and identity services.

       By  default  this  configures  SSSD  to  connect  to  an IPA server for authentication and
       authorization. Optionally one can instead configure PAM and NSS (Name  Switching  Service)
       to work with an IPA server over Kerberos and LDAP.

       An  authorized user is required to join a client machine to IPA. This can take the form of
       a kerberos principal or a one-time password associated with the machine.

       This same tool is used to unconfigure IPA and  attempts  to  return  the  machine  to  its
       previous  state.  Part  of  this  process  is  to  unenroll  the host from the IPA server.
       Unenrollment consists of disabling the prinicipal key on the IPA server so that it may  be
       re-enrolled.  The  machine  principal  in  /etc/krb5.keytab (host/<fqdn>@REALM) is used to
       authenticate to the IPA server to unenroll itself. If this principal does not  exist  then
       unenrollment  will  fail and an administrator will need to disable the host principal (ipa
       host-disable <fqdn>).

   Hostname Requirements
       Client must use a static hostname. If the machine hostname changes for example  due  to  a
       dynamic  hostname  assignment by a DHCP server, client enrollment to IPA server breaks and
       user then would not be able to perform Kerberos authentication.

       --hostname option may be used to specify a static hostname that persists over reboot.

   DNS Autodiscovery
       Client installer by default tries to search for _ldap._tcp.DOMAIN DNS SRV records for  all
       domains  that  are parent to its hostname. For example, if a client machine has a hostname
       '', the installer will try to retrieve an IPA server hostname  from,  and  DNS SRV records,
       respectively. The discovered domain is then used to configure client components (e.g. SSSD
       and Kerberos 5 configuration) on the machine.

       When the client machine hostname is not in a subdomain of an IPA server, its domain can be
       passed with --domain option. In that case, both SSSD  and  Kerberos  components  have  the
       domain set in the configuration files and will use it to autodiscover IPA servers.

       Client  machine  can  also  be  configured  without  a DNS autodiscovery at all. When both
       --server and --domain options are used, client installer will use the specified server and
       domain  directly.  --server option accepts multiple server hostnames which can be used for
       failover mechanism. Without DNS autodiscovery, Kerberos is configured with a fixed list of
       KDC  and   Admin  servers.  SSSD  is  still  configured to either try to read domain's SRV
       records or the specified fixed list of servers. When --fixed-primary option is  specified,
       SSSD will not try to read DNS SRV record at all (see sssd-ipa(5) for details).

   The Failover Mechanism
       When  some  of the IPA servers is not available, client components are able to fallback to
       other IPA replica and  thus  preserving  a  continued  service.  When  client  machine  is
       configured  to  use  DNS  SRV  record  autodiscovery  (no  fixed  server was passed to the
       installer), client components do the fallback  automatically,  based  on  the  IPA  server
       hostnames and priorities discovered from the DNS SRV records.

       If  DNS autodiscovery is not available, clients should be configured at least with a fixed
       list of IPA servers that can be used in case of a failure. When only  one  IPA  server  is
       configured,  IPA  client  services  will  not be available in case of a failure of the IPA
       server. Please note, that in case of a fixed list of IPA servers, the fixed  server  lists
       in client components need to be updated when a new IPA server is enrolled or a current IPA
       server is decommissioned.

   Coexistence With Other Directory Servers
       Other directory servers deployed in the network (e.g. Microsoft Active Directory) may  use
       the  same  DNS  SRV  records to denote hosts with a directory service (_ldap._tcp.DOMAIN).
       Such DNS SRV records may break the installation  if  the  installer  discovers  these  DNS
       records  before it finds DNS SRV records pointing to IPA servers. The installer would then
       fail to discover the IPA server and exit with error.

       In order to avoid the aforementioned DNS autodiscovery issues, the client machine hostname
       should  be  in  a  domain  with  properly defined DNS SRV records pointing to IPA servers,
       either manually with a custom DNS server or with IPA DNS  integrated  solution.  A  second
       approach  would  be to avoid autodiscovery and configure the installer to use a fixed list
       of IPA server hostnames using the  --server  option  and  with  a  --fixed-primary  option
       disabling DNS SRV record autodiscovery in SSSD.

   Re-enrollment of the host

       1.  Host has not been un-enrolled (the ipa-client-install --uninstall command has not been
       2. The host entry has not been disabled via the ipa host-disable command.

       If this has been the case, host can be re-enrolled using the usual methods.

       There are two method of authenticating a re-enrollment:

       1. You can use --force-join option with ipa-client-install command. This authenticates the
       re-enrollment using the admin's credetials provided via the -w/--password option.
       2.  If  providing the admin's password via the command line is not an option (e.g you want
       to create a script to re-enroll a host and keep the admin's password secure), you can  use
       backed  up  keytab from the previous enrollment of this host to authenticate. See --keytab

       Consenquences of the re-enrollment on the host entry:

       1. A new host certificate is issued
       2. The old host certificate is revoked
       3. New SSH keys are generated
       4. ipaUniqueID is preserved


              Set the domain name to DOMAIN. When no --server option is specified, the  installer
              will  try  to  discover all available servers via DNS SRV record autodiscovery (see
              DNS Autodiscovery section for details).

              Set the IPA server to connect to. May be specified multiple times to  add  multiple
              servers  to  ipa_server  value  in  sssd.conf or krb5.conf. Only the first value is
              considered when used with --no-sssd. When this option is  used,  DNS  autodiscovery
              for Kerberos is disabled and a fixed list of KDC and Admin servers is configured.

              Set  the  IPA  realm name to REALM_NAME. Under normal circumstances, this option is
              not needed as the realm name is retrieved from the IPA server.

              Configure SSSD to use a fixed server as the primary IPA server. The default  is  to
              use  DNS  SRV  records  to determine the primary server to use and fall back to the
              server the client is enrolled with. When used in conjunction with --server then  no
              _srv_ value is set in the ipa_server option in sssd.conf.

       -p, --principal
              Authorized kerberos principal to use to join the IPA realm.

       -w PASSWORD, --password=PASSWORD
              Password  for  joining  a  machine  to  the IPA realm. Assumes bulk password unless
              principal is also set.

       -W     Prompt for the password for joining a machine to the IPA realm.

       -k, --keytab
              Path to backed up host keytab from previous enrollment. Joins the host even  if  it
              is already enrolled.

              Configure PAM to create a users home directory if it does not exist.

              The hostname of this machine (FQDN). If specified, the hostname will be set and the
              system configuration will be updated to persist over reboot. By default a  nodename
              result from uname(2) is used.

              Join the host even if it is already enrolled.

              Configure ntpd to use this NTP server.

       -N, --no-ntp
              Do not configure or enable NTP.

              Stop and disable any time&date synchronization services besides ntpd.

              Configure OpenSSH client to trust DNS SSHFP records.

              Do not configure OpenSSH client.

              Do not configure OpenSSH server.

              Do not automatically create DNS SSHFP records.

       --noac Do not use Authconfig to modify the nsswitch.conf and PAM configuration.

       -f, --force
              Force the settings even if errors occur

       -d, --debug
              Print debugging information to stdout

       -U, --unattended
              Unattended installation. The user will not be prompted.

              Do  not  attempt to acquire the IPA CA certificate via automated means, instead use
              the CA certificate found locally in in CA_FILE.  The CA_FILE must  be  an  absolute
              path  to  a  PEM formatted certificate file. The CA certificate found in CA_FILE is
              considered authoritative and will be installed without  checking  to  see  if  it's
              valid for the IPA domain.

              Configure  SSSD  to  permit all access. Otherwise the machine will be controlled by
              the Host-based Access Controls (HBAC) on the IPA server.

              This option tells SSSD to automatically update DNS with  the  IP  address  of  this

              Configure SSSD not to store user password when the server is offline.

       -S, --no-sssd
              Do not configure the client to use SSSD for authentication, use nss_ldap instead.

              Disabled  by  default.  When enabled, preserves old SSSD configuration if it is not
              possible to merge it with a new one. Effectively, if the merge is not possible  due
              to  SSSDConfig reader encountering unsupported options, ipa-client-install will not
              run further and ask to fix SSSD config first. When this option  is  not  specified,
              ipa-client-install will back up SSSD config and create new one. The back up version
              will be restored during uninstall.

              Remove the IPA client software and restore the configuration to the pre-IPA state.

       -U, --unattended
              Unattended uninstallation. The user will not be prompted.


       Files that will be replaced if SSSD is configured (default):


       Files that will be replaced if they exist and SSSD is not configured (--no-sssd):


       Files replaced if NTP is enabled:


       Files always created (replacing existing content):


       Files updated, existing content is maintained:



       0 if the installation was successful

       1 if an error occurred

       2 if uninstalling and the client is not configured

       3 if installing and the client is already configured

       4 if an uninstall error occurred


       ipa-client-automount(1), krb5.conf(5), sssd.conf(5)