I have been avoiding this for like ten years now, but today is the day when I will setup a FreeIPA with Foreman Proxy for development and testing purposes and here are my notes.

The goal is to deploy a libvirt VM with IPA server and Foreman Proxy intergated with it. The domain will be ipa.lan and the host named ipa.ipa.lan. This is NOT how you should deploy production Foreman FreeIPA integration! For that, reading our official documentation and using foreman-installer is suggested instead.

We need a VM, let’s go with CentOS 8.

virt-builder centos-8.2 --output /var/lib/libvirt/images/ipa.img --root-password password:redhat --hostname ipa.ipa.lan
virt-install --name ipa.ipa.lan --memory 2048 --vcpus 2 --disk /var/lib/libvirt/images/ipa.img --import --os-variant rhel8.3 --update
virsh console ipa.ipa.lan

We need a static IP for this VM:

nmcli con modify enp1s0 \
  ip4 \
  gw4 \
nmcli con down enp1s0
nmcli con up enp1s0

Make sure the hostname is correct:

hostnamectl set-hostname ipa.ipa.lan

Make sure to fix hosts file, FQDN must resolve to the IP address not localhost:

grep ipa /etc/hosts ipa.ipa.lan ipa

The installation is very smooth, expect just couple of questions like administrator password or the actual domain:

dnf module enable idm:DL1
dnf module install idm:DL1/dns
ipa-server-install --setup-dns --auto-forwarder --auto-reverse

Ensure firewall ports are enabled:

firewall-cmd --add-service=http --add-service=https --add-service=ldap --add-service=ldaps \
    --add-service=ntp --add-service=kerberos --add-service=dns --add-port=8000/tcp --permanent

Next up, install Foreman Proxy:

dnf -y install https://yum.theforeman.org/releases/2.4/el8/x86_64/foreman-release.rpm
dnf -y install foreman-proxy

Create the foreman user with minimum required permissions to manage Foreman hosts, create and configure keytab file. When asked for admin password, use the one used when installing the IPA server:

foreman-prepare-realm admin realm-smart-proxy
mv freeipa.keytab /etc/foreman-proxy/freeipa.keytab
chown foreman-proxy:foreman-proxy /etc/foreman-proxy/freeipa.keytab

Configure and start the Foreman Proxy service. This is for development purposes, so let’s only use HTTP. You may also want to add some trusted_hosts entries to allow access from Foreman:

cat /etc/foreman-proxy/settings.yml
:settings_directory: /etc/foreman-proxy/settings.d
:http_port: 8000
:log_level: DEBUG

Enable Realm module:

cat /etc/foreman-proxy/settings.d/realm.yml
:enabled: true
:use_provider: realm_freeipa

And enable FreeIPA plugin:

cat /etc/foreman-proxy/settings.d/realm_freeipa.yml
:keytab_path: /etc/foreman-proxy/freeipa.keytab
:principal: realm-smart-proxy@IPA.LAN
:ipa_config: /etc/ipa/default.conf
:remove_dns: true
:verify_ca: true

And start it up:

systemctl enable --now foreman-proxy

Realm feature should be available:

curl http://ipa.ipa.lan:8000/features

To show a host entry in IPA via CLI:

kinit admin
ipa host-show rex-dzurnak.ipa.lan
  Host name: rex-dzurnak.ipa.lan
  Class: ipa-debian-10
  Password: True
  Keytab: False
  Managed by: rex-dzurnak.ipa.lan

Add the foreman proxy into Foreman and start developing or testing. Have fun!