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10.3. Disabling and Re-enabling Host Entries

Active hosts can be accessed by other services, hosts, and users within the domain. There can be situations when it is necessary to remove a host from activity. However, deleting a host removes the entry and all the associated configuration, and it removes it permanently.

10.3.1. Disabling Host Entries

Disabling a host prevents domain users from access it without permanently removing it from the domain. This can be done by using the host-disable command.
For example:
[jsmith@ipaserver ~]$ kinit admin
[jsmith@ipaserver ~]$ ipa host-disable


Disabling a host entry not only disables that host. It disables every configured service on that host as well.

10.3.2. Re-enabling Hosts

Disabling a host essentially kills its current, active keytabs. Removing the keytabs effectively removes the host from the IdM domain without otherwise touching its configuration entry.
To re-enable a host, simply use the ipa-getkeytab command. The -s option sets which IdM server to request the keytab, -p gives the principal name, and -k gives the file to which to save the keytab.
For example, requesting a new host keytab:
[jsmith@ipaserver ~]$  ipa-getkeytab -s -p host/ -k /etc/krb5.keytab -D,cn=computers,cn=accounts,dc=example,dc=com -w password
If the ipa-getkeytab command is run on an active IdM client or server, then it can be run without any LDAP credentials (-D and -w). The IdM user uses Kerberos credentials to authenticate to the domain. To run the command directly on the disabled host, then supply LDAP credentials to authenticate to the IdM server. The credentials should correspond to the host or service which is being re-enabled.