To all freeipa-interest, freeipa-users and freeipa-devel list members,

The FreeIPA project team is pleased to announce the availability of the Alpha 2 release of the long-awaited freeIPA 2.0 server [1].

This version of the server includes:

* Draft UI pages for all plugins that fit into a Create-Retrieve-Update-Delete model. After running the `ipa-server-install` script, point your browser to:

    https://yourhost.com/ipa/ui/

Replacing `yourhost.com` with the fully-qualified domain name of your IPA server.

Please take a moment to play with these pages. Please do not pay attention to style, rather focus attention to the work flow, layout and data being added, displayed or modified. We need to understand if the direction that this interface establishes is the right one. Should we continue with the proposed approach or do something else. What?

Your opinion is very important to us!

Please do not hesitate to share it with us on the mailing list:
freeipa-users@redhat.com

* Optionally installable DNS server
* Optionally installable Certificate Authority to manage server certificates
* NIS compatibility plug-in
* Simplified migration of the users from IPA v1 or external LDAP server
* IPA client component to configure SSSD to integrate with IPA
* Integration with "certmonger" certificate tracking utility. The utility allows automatic provisioning, tracking and renewal of certificates on a member server.
* General improvements and enhancements across the whole project.

The freeIPA 2.0 server is capable of:
* Providing Kerberos authentication of users and hosts
* Managing different objects via extensible CLI and UI framework
  Including:
  * Managing user and host identities
  * Managing user and host groups
  * Managing kerberised services
  * Managing default kerberos policies
* Defining host-based access control rules that will be enforced
  on the client side by the IPA back end for SSSD
* Serving netgroups based on user and host objects stored in IPA
* Serving sets of different automount maps to different clients
* Finer-grained management delegation
* Group-based password policies
* Provisioning of the certificates for services running on member servers.

The FreeIPA 2.0 client machines can be configured in the same way as the clients of freeIPA 1.2 following the installation instructions [2]. FreeIPA 2.0 client machines running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4, Fedora 11 and 12 will be configured to take advantage of the SSSD client component. (Note that we currently only provide Fedora builds).

For more information about SSSD its features, how to build it and how
to manually configure it see the SSSD project page [3].
For Fedora 11 and 12 the SSSD component is available from the Fedora
repository. For Red Hat Enterprise Lunix 5.4 the SSSD can be
downloaded and built from sources.
To configure SSSD automatically install ipa-client package
and use ipa-client-install command. Use "--help" command line
argument to get full list of options for the ipa-client-install
command.

For more information about features delivered in this release, see
documentation [4] on the freeIPA web site.
For all other freeIPA-related documentation [5], see freeIPA web site.

[1] http://www.freeipa.org/page/Downloads
[2] http://freeipa.org/docs/1.2/Client_Setup_Guide/en-US/html/
[3] https://fedorahosted.org/sssd/
[4] http://www.freeipa.org/page/IPAv2_development_status#Documentation
[5] http://www.freeipa.org/page/DocumentationPortal

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