Setting up Multi-Master replication of FreeIPA Directory servers

Last night I published an article on how to set up a FreeIPA Identity Management server. You can find the article here

Today, lets take things one step further by adding redundancy into the equation. If you are familiar with Microsoft Active Directory and how Windows Domain Controllers replicate between each other, this article will show you how to set up FreeIPA to achieve the same goal.

For this article, you will obviously need an existing FreeIPA server that is up and running, as well as a new system you wish to make as a secondary master.

In this article, I will be using the below details.

Existing FreeIPA server: (
New FreeIPA server: (
FreeIPA Admin user: admin
FreeIPA Admin password: redhat123
FreeIPA Directory Manager user: admin
FreeIPA Directory Manager password: redhat123
DNS Forwarder: (Same as forwarder configured on
Operating System of both hosts: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 x86_64



Step 1. Install FreeIPA packages on new system
Although possible, you *could* set up replication with different versions of FreeIPA on different servers, I highly recommend sticking with the same version as your existing host.
Install the same packages as you did on your first host. Note: if you are using external DNS, you do not need to install the bind packages.

[root@ds02 ~]# yum install -y ipa-server bind bind-utils bind-dyndb-ldap


Step 2. Add new host to DNS
We need to set up IPA so that it knows to allow replication with the new host when we install it. This has a prerequisite on DNS however, so we will need to add the DNS entries for our new server before we can prepare IPA.
Note: if you are using external DNS, this does not apply to you.

To add your new host to DNS, run the following commands on your existing FreeIPA server.

[root@ds01 ~]# kinit admin
Password for admin@EXAMPLE.COM:
[root@ds01 ~]# ipa dnsrecord-add ds02 --a-rec
Record name: ds02
A record:
[root@ds01 ~]# ipa dnsrecord-add 12 --ptr-rec
Record name: 12
PTR record:
[root@ds01 ~]#

One comment on “Setting up Multi-Master replication of FreeIPA Directory servers

  1. ed May 26, 2016 15:42

    Great tutorial. Thanks

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