On Fri, 07 Aug 2015, bahan w wrote:
Hello !

We are using freeipa version 3 and we are encountering a problem in our
We have one master kdc and two replicas.

On the different linux servers on our environment, we have the following
krb5.conf (I modified the hostname for NDA) :

#File modified by ipa-client-install

includedir /var/lib/sss/pubconf/krb5.include.d/

default_realm = <MYREALM>
dns_lookup_realm = false
dns_lookup_kdc = false
 rdns = false
 ticket_lifetime = 24h
 forwardable = yes

 <MYREALM> = {
   kdc = host1.<mydomain>:88
   kdc = host2.<mydomain>:88
   kdc = host3.<mydomain>:88
   master_kdc = host2.<mydomain>:88
   admin_server = host2.<mydomain>:749
   default_domain <mydomain>
   pkinit_anchors = FILE:/etc/ipa/ca.crt

 .<mydomain> = <MYREALM>
 <mydomain> = <MYREALM>
 .<myrealm> = <MYREALM>
 <myrealm> = <MYREALM>

host1 is a physical machine
host2 and host3 are VM.

So I have some questions :
Q1 - Does it make sense to put the line master_kdc and admin_server to the
host2, which is a VM instead of the host1 which is a physical machine ?
According to manual page of 'krb5.conf',
Identifies  the  master  KDC(s). Currently, this tag is used in only
one case: If an attempt to get credentials fails because of an invalid
password, the client software will attempt to contact the master KDC, in
case the user's password has just been changed, and the updated database
has not been propagated to the slave servers yet.

'admin_kdc' is what kadmin is using, so it is irrelevant for day to day
actions in IPA.

Q2 - When I try to connect to the UI of host1, I can enter my
login/password and it works. When I try to connect to the UI of host2, I
have an error message saying my password is incorrect. When I try to
connect to the UI of host3, it works. Does it mean host1 and host3 are
synchronized but host2 is not ?
Most likely, yes.

Q3. Does the two last lines make sense ? I mean what is the exact usage of
the paragraph [domain_realm] ? Does it mean : if I try to connect to a
server with the domain listed in this list, then I will try to contact the
realm associated ?
Since you disabled DNS discovery of realm based on the DNS domain,
Kerberos library will perform some logic to find out which realm
corresponds to the domain. domain_realm section helps here.

krb5.conf manual page has clear explanation how the section is designed
to work.

/ Alexander Bokovoy

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