The documentation on the OpenLDAP site discusses modifying the ldif files used to start up the server. If you try to do this on a Fedora or Debian based install, you will find that the server does not start up. The HASH of the files is stored and compared with the contents at start up time. There is a better way.
The Domain Name System (DNS) is an essential part of systems management. If you need to manage multiple physical hosts you’d really benefit by a degree of control of some subset of DNS. With Virtual machines, the sheer number of hosts created demand a responsive DNS. Kerberos, X509 and other security mechanisms require a proper DNS configuration. Yet, for many organizations, DNS is locked down by IT to a very static set of records. Earlier articles discussed User Groups, Host Groups, and Netgroups. The final installment in this series discsusses how to delegate DNS Zone management in FreeIPA.
The last two articles described how to delegate management of user groups and host groups. The other way to manage both hosts and users in FreeIPA is with Netgroups. Although Netgroups are a concept from NIS, FreeIPA takes them to the next level, and makes them into containers capable of managing both users and groups. This article shows how to delegate the control of a netgroup to a specified user.
Last article I discussed delegating the authority to manage group membership using FreeIPA. A related topic delegating the ability to manage groups of hosts. There are two different collections for managing hosts: host groups, and netgroups. The approach to delegating authority for managing each of these is similar, but with important differences. First up: hostgroups.
The power of a hierarchical database lies in its access controls. FreeIPA gives you a set of tools that you can use in order to delegate authority using those access controls. Continue reading