On Mon, 19 Jan 2015, wrote:

I have successfully set up a test FreeIPA server and run it for a while, but the time has come to move towards a production service. I am currently running ipa-server version 3.0.0-25 on Scientific Linux 6.4 (if you don't know it, Scientific Linux is basically a rebuild of RedHat, much like CentOS). Yes, I know this is an older FreeIPA, but I am going through the path of least resistance given our site's current standard configuration.

On our site there is a central DNS service and it is unlikely we will be allowed to run our own DNS service (other than as a slave/cacheing NS).

I have been trying to set up SRV records for the FreeIPA server by providing the autogenerated zone file to our DNS manager, who has incorporated the configuration. When we deployed these changes, I used dig to confirm that SRV queries were giving appropriate responses, which they appear to be.

I then tried setting up a client using ipa-client-install and got an error:

Failed to verify that freeipa01.<munged.domain> is an IPA Server. This may mean that the remote server is not up or is not reachable due to network or firewall settings.

The install worked on a client before deploying the SRV records, using manual specification of the server. I disabled iptables on the server to eliminate potential problems there, and got the same result. If we disable the SRV records, I am able to do the manual set-up again.

So it looks like the problem is at the DNS end of things, so maybe our zone configuration is missing something.

The zone config we currently have in place is as follows (we changed hostnames in the sample file to fqdns for this attempt, but the same symptoms came from bare hostnames)...

; ldap servers IN SRV 0 100 389
; kerberos realm IN TXT my.domain.

this looks odd to me, our central DNS TXT record zone entry looks like

_kerberos  86400  IN  TXT        "MY.DOMAIN"

where "MY.DOMAIN" is my Kerberos realm (usually the domain name in capital letters).

If you do a

dig +short -t TXT

it should answer


; kerberos servers IN SRV 0 100 88 IN SRV 0 100 88 IN SRV 0 100 88 IN SRV 0 100 88 IN SRV 0 100 464 IN SRV 0 100 464
; ntp server IN SRV 0 100 123

...So that is where I am. I was hoping that someone could give me a pointer or two as to how I might debug this problem and actually get service discovery working.

Mit freundlichen Gruessen/With best regards,


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