FreeIPA DNS workaround for DNS zone [...]. already exists in DNS and is handled by server(s):
Published: 10-04-2018 | Author: Remy van Elst | Text only version of this article
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Recently I ran into an issue with FreeIPA when trying to add an existing DNS zone. The zone already exists on the internet so, logically, FreeIPA wouldn't allow me to hijack this domain locally. My usecase is special, so I wanted to forcefully add this zone as a forward zone.
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In the web UI of FreeIPA when trying to add this existing zone, the following error appears:
DNS zone example.org. already exists in DNS and is handled by server(s): ns1.kpn.com, ns2.kpn.com
This is a logical error since hijacking a domain like this is a bad idea, features like DNSSEC will bite you.
My setup however was different. In this setup, domain
delegated to this environment, but via some tunneling constructions VPSes in
this environment would be able to connect internally to the
domain. So, I want the FreeIPA system that is also the DNS resolver, to forward
example.org to the local internal nameserver in the
domain, and not resolving them externally.
FreeIPA wouldn't let me do that via the GUI. Which is IMHO the good option,
since you are doing something that normally will break stuff. Using the
commandline we can skip this overlap check with the
ipa dnsforwardzone-add --skip-overlap-check example.org --forwarder=192.0.2.10 --forwarder=198.51.100.10 --forward-policy=only Server will check DNS forwarder(s). This may take some time, please wait ... Zone name: example.org. Active zone: TRUE Zone forwarders: 192.0.2.10, 198.51.100.10 Forward policy: only
If you do not want to add a forward zone, you can also use this flag to add a regular zone:
Tags: bind , dns , freeipa , network , snippets , traceroute
ipa dnszone-add --skip-overlap-check example.org --forwarder=192.0.2.10 --forwarder=198.51.100.10 --forward-policy=only