Implementing FreeIPA as a central Identity Management Solution

Step 3. Test user authentication

Log out of your workstation if you are already logged in and go back to the graphical login screen.

Log in as the admin user to test that the login process is working.

If your login is successful, you will be taken to the usual Gnome desktop. You will see the admin user’s home drive on the desktop.


Phase 3. Creating Users and Groups
One important point of an IDM is to have all of your users in the one place. Lets create some users and groups and get a feel for the interfaces


Step 1. Create Users / Groups via the Web UI

You can use the FreeIPA web interface to perform general administrative tasks quite quickly and easily. I really like the UI they have put on FreeIPA. I find it very simple and elegant.

In your browser, go to the FQDN of your FreeIPA server. The FQDN is enough to redirect you to the proper page.

You will be prompted to accept an SSL certificate to continue. You must accept this.

Next, you will be asked to configure your browser. You can either use form based authentication where you enter a username and password, or you can click “Follow these instructions” to set up Single Sign On from your current session.
Note: Single Sign On will only work if you are browsing from an IPA authenticated system.


Just to keep things simple, I’ll use form-based authentication for the moment.


Once you have logged in, you’ll be presented with the User list of FreeIPA. Have a bit of a play at creating users. You will notice the “Groups” tab as well.
The WebUI is very self-explanatory so you shouldn’t need much help from here.

2 comments on “Implementing FreeIPA as a central Identity Management Solution

  1. Kevin McNally May 6, 2015 19:31

    Cool. Great work.

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