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CentOS 6 LDAP authentication and NFS V4

LDAP and sssd

LDAP authentication has changed from earleier CentOS. Now all you need is sssd and an LDAP server like openLDAP or Novell eDirectory I am using.

This is short and sweet (or dirty?) list of things to make it work. I don't use tls so it required a bit customization. But if you use encryption you might get off by just configuring it with system-config-authentication. If not then read on.

  • See that you don't have nslcd or nss-pam-ldapd to mess with you
yum erase nss-pam-ldapd nslcd
  • Make basic ldap configuration in /etc/openldap/ldap.conf
URI ldap://yourldapserver/
BASE o=base
TLS_CACERTDIR /etc/openldap/cacerts
  • Do the basic configuration with one command
authconfig --enablesssd --enablesssdauth --enablelocauthorize --update
  • Start of sssd is not necessary succesful since you may not have a working configuration as of now
  • And make your /etc/sssd/sssd.conf look something like this (customize the rows marked)
config_file_version = 2
services = nss, pam
domains = default

filter_users = root,bin,postfix,ldap,avahi,haldaemon,dbus,nscd
enum_cache_timeout = 3600

cache_credentials = True
id_provider = ldap
auth_provider = ldap
chpass_provider = ldap

#eDirectory ldap, long timeouts
ldap_tls_reqcert = never
ldap_schema = rfc2307bis
ldap_search_base = o=pegasi
ldap_uri = ldaps://
ldap_access_filter = objectclass=posixaccount
ldap_tls_cacert = /etc/openldap/cacerts/myca.b64
ldap_user_member_of = groupMembership
entry_cache_timeout = 14400
entry_cache_user_timeout = 14400
entry_cache_group_timeout = 14400
ldap_enumeration_refresh_timeout = 1200
ldap_purge_cache_timeout = 21600

ldap_default_bind_dn = cn=sssuser,o=xxx
ldap_default_authtok_type = password
ldap_default_authtok = MyComplexPasswordX,Y.Z-123

  • Open /etc/sysconfig/authconfig and edit
  • Edit /etc/nsswitch.conf
passwd:     files sss
shadow:     files sss
group:      files sss
  • Restart and test
/etc/init.d/sssd restart
id some_login


After competing the above we set up NFS V4.

Things to do in both server and clients

  • Edit the configuration file /etc/idmapd.conf to common domain
Domain = yourdomain
  • To prevent future headaces, include static mappings for all users not in LDAP
Method = nsswitch,static
apache@yourdomain = apache
Things to do in server

  • Add your shares to /etc/exports
  • Restart and enable services
/etc/rc.d/init.d/rpcidmapd restart
/etc/rc.d/init.d/rpcbind restart
/etc/rc.d/init.d/nfslock restart
/etc/rc.d/init.d/nfs restart
chkconfig rpcidmapd on
chkconfig rpcbind on
chkconfig rpcidmapd on
chkconfig rpcidmapd on
  • Check that the services are allowed in /etc/hosts.allow
  • Check that iptables rules allow clients to mount
Things to do in clients

  • Check that you have nfs-utils package
  • Check that your idmapd.conf is in order, look above
  • Put mountpoints to /etc/fstab
server:/mnt/home   /net/home   nfs4   defaults,_netdev   0 0
  • Enable and restart services
chkconfig rpcbind on
chkconfig rpcidmapd on
chkconfig nfslock on
chkconfig netfs on
/etc/rc.d/init.d/rpcbind start
/etc/rc.d/init.d/rpcidmapd start
/etc/rc.d/init.d/nfslock start
/etc/rc.d/init.d/netfs start
  • Mount and test
mount -a

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Jeff Stasko, 2016/02/05 18:39
In your sssd config may I suggest adding case_sensitive = False under [domain/default]. The default approach is treating StaskoJ and staskoj as two different users.
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