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12.4. 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.

12.4.1. 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.

12.4.2. Re-enabling Hosts

This section describes how to re-enable a disabled IdM host.
Disabling a host removes its active keytabs, which removed the host from the IdM domain without otherwise touching its configuration entry.
To re-enable a host, use the ipa-getkeytab command, adding:
  • the -s option to specify which IdM server to request the keytab from
  • the -p option to specify the principal name
  • the -k option to specify the file to which to save the keytab.
For example, to request a new host keytab from for, and store the keytab in the /etc/krb5.keytab file:
$ ipa-getkeytab -s -p host/ -k /etc/krb5.keytab -D "cn=directory manager" -w password
You can also use the administrator’s credentials, specifying -D "uid=admin,cn=users,cn=accounts,dc=example,dc=com". It is important that the credentials correspond to a user allowed to create the keytab for the host.
If you run the ipa-getkeytab command on an active IdM client or server, then you can run it without any LDAP credentials (-D and -w) if the user has a TGT obtained using, for example, kinit admin. To run the command directly on the disabled host, supply LDAP credentials to authenticate to the IdM server.