Hemminger, Corey Lee. [heco0...@stcloudstate.edu] wrote:
ok I did the updates, and edited the python files. Now when I try to run the 
replica install I get:

[r...@earth bcrl]# ipa-replica-install 
/var/lib/ipa/replica-info-earth.bcrl.stcloudstate.edu.gpg -N --setup-dns 
Directory Manager (existing master) password:

root        : ERROR    Cannot find Reverse Address for 
earth.bcrl.stcloudstate.edu (

I had this when installing the ipa-server and there was a --no-dns-lookup 
option but not with the replica. Before the testing updates, i did get a 
warning about the server not working for DNS lookup but still went ahead with 
install. I'm looking to set these two up and make them the DNS servers and 
currently have a simple dns setup that will get replaced by this setup. How do 
I get around the reverse address lookup on the replica install side. Thanks 
again for all the help.

You'll need to modify /usr/sbin/ipa-replica-install. Look for the function get_host_name(). You'll want to comment out the 5 lines starting with try:. The comment character in python is the hash #. This will cause it to skip the call to verify_fqdn() and your install should proceed.

I've opened a ticket to add this functionality to ipa-replica-install: https://fedorahosted.org/freeipa/ticket/146


From: Rob Crittenden [rcrit...@redhat.com]
Sent: Monday, August 16, 2010 2:49 PM
To: Hemminger, Corey Lee. [heco0...@stcloudstate.edu]
Cc: freeipa-users@redhat.com
Subject: Re: [Freeipa-users] FreeIPA v2.0 alpha4 replica installation problems

Hemminger, Corey Lee. [heco0...@stcloudstate.edu] wrote:
I'm using fedora 13 amd-64 version. I added the developers repo from freeIPA.com for V2.0 
and then did a yum install ipa-server so which ever version it installed. I'm looking at 
dogtag and one of the packages says 1.3.1-2.fc13 and the other 2 packages for dogtag say 
1.3.2-2.fc13 for the pki dogtag package it says 1.3.7-1.fc13 all the packages read 
1.3.something the pki-silent-1.3.3-1.fc13 package if that helps. I also attached the two 
files you asked to check. I attached the ipa-serv_deplist that i created from running 
"yum deplist ipa-server" and it has all the packages and version numbers. Sorry 
for the choppy e-mail I'm writing and looking up the stuff in pieces.

Can you update the pki-* and dogtag-* packages from the updates-testing
repo? There are a number of important fixes there.

It is also going to break your replica install because a new required
option has been added to pkisilent. You'll need to modify

Search for pkisilent. We create a python list of the command to execute.
You want to patch it like this (the numbers might not exactly line up):

@@ -535,6 +524,7 @@ class CAInstance(service.Service):
                       "-db_name", "ipaca",
                       "-key_size", "2048",
                       "-key_type", "rsa",
+                    "-key_algorithm", "SHA256withRSA",
                       "-save_p12", "true",
                       "-backup_pwd", self.admin_password,
                       "-subsystem_name", self.service_name,

You *might* be able to get away with just updating dogtag on the
replica, I'm not sure.


From: Rob Crittenden [rcrit...@redhat.com]
Sent: Monday, August 16, 2010 12:35 PM
To: Hemminger, Corey Lee. [heco0...@stcloudstate.edu]
Cc: freeipa-users@redhat.com
Subject: Re: [Freeipa-users] FreeIPA v2.0 alpha4 replica installation problems

Hemminger, Corey Lee. [heco0...@stcloudstate.edu] wrote:
I'm a student admin for St. Cloud State University's Business Computing Research Lab, and 
we run our own seperate network inside the campus network with dedicated internet feeds 
and hardware for professors research as well as masters and bachelors student research 
and labs. We have many computers setup for workstations, clusters, clouds, etc... and I'm 
trying to set up a redundant FreeIPA v2.0 in virtual box to help manage the systems and 
control access to machines. I have setup the master with no problems, but when creating 
the replica I run the command "ipa-replica-install -N --setup-dns 
/var/lib/ipa/replica-file-from-master" and I get this error output. It created the 
directory fine but is having trouble with the certs. I have disabled the firewalls on 
both and selinux hoping they would help but still same problem.

[r...@earth bcrl]# ipa-replica-install 
/var/lib/ipa/replica-info-earth.bcrl.stcloudstate.edu.gpg -N --setup-dns 

An existing Directory Server has been detected.
Do you wish to remove it and create a new one? [no]: yes
Directory Manager (existing master) password:

Warning: Hostname (earth.bcrl.stcloudstate.edu) not found in DNS
Configuring directory server for the CA:
     [1/4]: creating directory server user
     [2/4]: creating directory server instance
     [3/4]: configuring directory to start on boot
     [4/4]: restarting directory server
done configuring pkids.
Configuring certificate server:
     [1/9]: creating certificate server user
     [2/9]: configuring certificate server instance
root        : CRITICAL failed to restart ca instance Command '/usr/bin/perl /usr/bin/pkisilent ConfigureCA -cs_hostname 
earth.bcrl.stcloudstate.edu -cs_port 9445 -client_certdb_dir /tmp/tmp-vemQSV -client_certdb_pwd XXXXXXXX -preop_pin yhiJojW06gxaPrkvOJOK 
-domain_name IPA -admin_user admin -admin_email r...@localhost -admin_password XXXXXXXX -agent_name ipa-ca-agent -agent_key_size 2048 
-agent_key_type rsa -agent_cert_subject "CN=ipa-ca-agent,O=IPA" -ldap_host earth.bcrl.stcloudstate.edu -ldap_port 7389 -bind_dn 
"cn=Directory Manager" -bind_password XXXXXXXX -base_dn o=ipaca -db_name ipaca -key_size 2048 -key_type rsa -save_p12 true -backup_pwd 
XXXXXXXX -subsystem_name pki-cad -token_name internal -ca_subsystem_cert_subject_name "CN=CA Subsystem,O=IPA" 
-ca_ocsp_cert_subject_name "CN=OCSP Subsystem,O=IPA" -ca_server_cert_subject_name "CN=earth.bcrl.stcloudstate.edu,O=IPA" 
-ca_audit_signing_cert_subject_name "CN=CA Audit,O=IPA" -ca_sign_cert_subject_name "CN=Certificate Au
    rity,O=IPA" -external false -clone true -clone_p12_file ca.p12 
-clone_p12_password XXXXXXXX -sd_hostname zeus.bcrl.stcloudstate.edu -sd_admin_port 
9445 -sd_admin_name admin -sd_admin_password XXXXXXXX -clone_uri 
https://zeus.bcrl.stcloudstate.edu:9444' returned non-zero exit status 255
     [3/9]: creating RA agent certificate database
     [4/9]: importing CA chain to RA certificate database
creation of replica failed: Unable to retrieve CA chain: Retrieving CA cert 
chain failed: Error: Failed to get certificate chain.

Your system may be partly configured.
Run /usr/sbin/ipa-server-install --uninstall to clean up.

Thanks for any help,

Heh, I guess I didn't fat-finger this after all...

What distro is this?

What version of pki-* and dogtag-* do you have installed? Can you look
at /var/log/ipareplica-install.log to see if there are any more details
on the failure? /var/log/pki-ca/debug would also be a place to look
though be forewarned, it is quite verbose and daunting (and has a number
of red herrings, particularly warnings about cipher failures).

We had some problems creating dogtag clones while creating IPA replicas
in the recent pas and it would fail in the pkisilent step. This may be
another case of that or it may be that our current requires don't pull
in the right set of of dogtag packages.


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