Hi Remco, I’m not an expert, but I will try to answer to the best of my knowledge.
> On 11 Apr 2016, at 12:02, Remco Kranenburg <re...@crunchrapps.com> wrote: > > Hi all, > > At our company, we manage several Ubuntu web servers with SSH, and we use > ansible scripts to automate some tasks. The web servers are hosted by a VPS > hosting provider. Until now, we have always managed the user accounts > manually for each server, but this is becoming increasingly cumbersome as we > grow. To centralize our identity management, I've been looking into FreeIPA, > but having no prior experience with this, I am overwhelmed by complexity. > > So the first question: is FreeIPA too complex for what we are trying to > accomplish? Should we be looking at a different solution? I do like some of > the advanced things we can supposedly do with FreeIPA: single identity for > everything (SSH on our servers, our Bitbucket accounts, our Jenkins CI > server), but those are currently not hard requirements. I would say it’s not too complex. Once it’s installed, you can slowly dig in and it’s not so complex to use. The architecture is quite complex, but using it is quite straightforward I think. Setup at least 3 replicas so you have failover and redundancy, and then you’re good to go. We use FreeIPA to manage SSH accounts on the VMs and sudo rules as well. This can be done via PAM. We also integrate all our services with FreeIPA so that we can manage accounts centrally. In fact, we setup now the FreeIPA integration automatically via Foreman provisioning. It is quite magical.a > > Some technical questions: > > We currently manage our TLS certificate manually with a wildcard that we > install on each server every year, but we will soon be moving to the > automated system provided by Letsencrypt. Does this mean we can disable the > Certificate Authority system provided by FreeIPA, or is the CA also required > for other things? I’m not sure here but I thought the CA was meant for VMs to establish trust with FreeIPA, so I think it should stay on. > > We currently manage our DNS entries through the web interface of our hosting > provider. When we introduce a new server, we simply clone a special clean > 'image' server, change the hostname and add an A and AAAA record to our ISP's > DNS settings. How does this interact with the FreeIPA DNS system? Should we > disable it, or does it provide advantages? > > -- > Remco > > -- > Manage your subscription for the Freeipa-users mailing list: > https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/freeipa-users > Go to http://freeipa.org for more info on the project -- Manage your subscription for the Freeipa-users mailing list: https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/freeipa-users Go to http://freeipa.org for more info on the project