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How To Install FreeIPA on Rocky Linux 9

Install FreeIPA on Rocky Linux 9

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install FreeIPA on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, FreeIPA is the ultimate open-source solution for identity, policy, and audit management. It provides a secure and easy-to-use platform that allows you to manage your Linux systems and applications effortlessly. And the best part? Installing FreeIPA on Rocky Linux 9 is a breeze! In this guide, we’re going to walk you through every step of the installation process. From setting up the necessary repositories to configuring FreeIPA on your Rocky Linux 9 system, we’ve got you covered.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the FreeIPA on Rocky Linux. 9.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Rocky Linux 9.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for FreeIPA.
  • A fully qualified domain name (FQDN) that resolves to the IP address of your server.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install FreeIPA on Rocky Linux 9

Step 1. The first step is to update your system to the latest version of the package list. To do so, run the following commands:

sudo dnf check-update
sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing FreeIPA on Rocky Linux 9.

By default, FreeIPA is available on the Rocky Linux 9 base repository. Now we install the required packages using dnf the command:

sudo dnf install ipa-server ipa-server-dns

Once the required packages are installed, the next step is to install and configure the IPA server. To do this, run the following command below:

sudo ipa-server-install

This command will start the installation process and prompt you for various configuration options. Here are the options that you need to configure:

  1. Enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of your server when prompted.
  2. Choose a realm name for your IPA domain.
  3. Set the Directory Manager password and confirm it.
  4. Set the Kerberos master password and confirm it.
  5. Choose whether to configure the server as an IPA DNS server.
  6. Choose whether to enable automatic updates.
  7. Confirm the installation by typing “yes” when prompted.

Step 4. Configure Firewall.

By default, the firewall on Rocky Linux 9 blocks incoming traffic to the FreeIPA server. To allow incoming traffic, run the following command:

sudo firewall-cmd --add-service=freeipa-ldap --add-service=freeipa-ldaps --add-service=freeipa-replication --permanent
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 5. Accessing FreeIPA Web Interface.

Open a web browser and navigate to the FreeIPA web interface by entering https://your-IP-address/ipa. Ignore the private SSL warning and proceed to the FreeIPA server login page. Log in with the administrator credentials you specified during the installation process.

Install FreeIPA on Rocky Linux 9

Once you have logged in to the FreeIPA web interface, you should get the FreeIPA web administration dashboard like the following screenshot below:

Install FreeIPA on Rocky Linux 9

Congratulations! You have successfully installed FreeIPA. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing FreeIPA on your Rocky Linux 9 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official FreeIPA website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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