Thanks indeed again for the reply. I went through the deployment guide and 
installed and configured FreeIPA 2.0 on a RHEL 6.1 beta machine for testing. I 
also configured the browsers on this server and a client Kubuntu machine as per 
the guide. But I can't find any doc which explain how to configure a client 
(kubuntu in my case) for single sign on or even accessing a service like nfs 
using the browser when native ipa-client package is not available. All the docs 
are focused on configuring client machines using ipa-client package. Is this 
possible? if so could anyone suggest me some guide lines or docs for the same ?
Thanks and Regards,Nidal
--- On Mon, 5/2/11, Adam Young <> wrote:

From: Adam Young <>
Subject: Re: [Freeipa-users] FreeIPA for Linux desktop deployment
To: "nasir nasir" <>
Date: Monday, May 2, 2011, 8:03 AM


    On 05/01/2011 08:49 AM, nasir nasir wrote:
                Thanks for all the replies and great suggestions! I do
                appreciate it a lot.

                Apologies for being a bit confusing about the cetralized
                /home foder in my previous mail. What I want is that all
                the users should have their /home folder stored in the
                storage. This entire partition (or LUN) can be attached
                to my Authentication server(i.e FreeIPA) by using iSCSI.
                From the Authentication server, I am NOT looking for
                iSCSI to get it mounted to the individual users'
                machine. I think NFS/automount would do that(appreciate
                any suggestion on this !) And whenever a new user is
                created, /home should be allocated out of this partition
                so that whichever machine the user is using to login
                later, she should be able to access the same /home
                specific to her regardless of the machine. I hope it is
                clear to all :-)

              Thanks and regards,

                >     -- Centralized storage
                  with iSCSI for /home folder for each user by means of
                  a dedicated storage

                  IPA manages Automount, which is possibly what you
                  want.  Are you going to give each user their own
                  partition that follows them around, or are you going
                  to give the a home directory on a a NAS server?  I
                  Have to admit, the iSCSI home mount sounds
                  interesting.  You could probably get automount to help
                  you out there, but at this point I think that you
                  would need a separate key line for each user.


                  Note that iSCSI won't help you if you want to mount
                  the same partition on multiple clients.  For this, you
                  either need a distributed File System, or stick to






    OK, I'd probably do something like this:  After install IPA, add one
    host as an IPA client with the following switch:  --mkhomedir,,
    something like  ipa-client-install --mkhomedir -p admin.   Then,
    mount the directory that you are going to use a /home on that
    machine.  Once you create users in IPA, the first time you log in as
    that user, do so from that client, and it will attempt to create the
    home directory for you.    This should be the only machine that has
    permissions to create directories under /home.  Now, create an
    automount location and map, and create a key for /home


    The instructions from our test day should get you started:




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