Chapter 101. Collecting IdM Healthcheck information

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Healthcheck has been designed as a manual command line tool which should help you to identify possible problems in Identity Management (IdM).

You can create a collection of logs based on the Healthcheck output with 30-day rotation.


  • The Healthcheck tool is only available on RHEL 8.1 or newer

101.1. Healthcheck in IdM

The Healthcheck tool in Identity Management (IdM) helps find issues that may impact the health of your IdM environment.


The Healthcheck tool is a command line tool that can be used without Kerberos authentication.

Modules are Independent

Healthcheck consists of independent modules which test for:

  • Replication issues
  • Certificate validity
  • Certificate Authority infrastructure issues
  • IdM and Active Directory trust issues
  • Correct file permissions and ownership settings

Two output formats

Healthcheck generates the following outputs, which you can set using the output-type option:

  • json: Machine-readable output in JSON format (default)
  • human: Human-readable output

You can specify a different file destination with the --output-file option.


Each Healthcheck module returns one of the following results:

configured as expected
not an error, but worth keeping an eye on or evaluating
not configured as expected
not configured as expected, with a high possibility for impact

101.2. Log rotation

Log rotation creates a new log file every day, and the files are organized by date. Since log files are saved in the same directory, you can select a particular log file according to the date.

Rotation means that there is configured a number for max number of log files and if the number is exceeded, the newest file rewrites and renames the oldest one. For example, if the rotation number is 30, the thirty-first log file replaces the first (oldest) one.

Log rotation reduces voluminous log files and organizes them, which can help with analysis of the logs.

101.3. Configuring log rotation using the IdM Healthcheck

Follow this procedure to configure a log rotation with:

  • The systemd timer
  • The crond service

The systemd timer runs the Healthcheck tool periodically and generates the logs. The default value is set to 4 a.m. every day.

The crond service is used for log rotation.

The default log name is healthcheck.log and the rotated logs use the healthcheck.log-YYYYMMDD format.


  • You must execute commands as root.


  1. Enable a systemd timer:

    # systemctl enable ipa-healthcheck.timer
    Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/ -> /usr/lib/systemd/system/ipa-healthcheck.timer.
  2. Start the systemd timer:

    # systemctl start ipa-healthcheck.timer
  3. Open the /etc/logrotate.d/ipahealthcheck file to configure the number of logs which should be saved.

    By default, log rotation is set up for 30 days.

  4. In the /etc/logrotate.d/ipahealthcheck file, configure the path to the logs.

    By default, logs are saved in the /var/log/ipa/healthcheck/ directory.

  5. In the /etc/logrotate.d/ipahealthcheck file, configure the time for log generation.

    By default, a log is created daily at 4 a.m.

  6. To use log rotation, ensure that the crond service is enabled and running:

    # systemctl enable crond
    # systemctl start crond

To start with generating logs, start the IPA healthcheck service:

# systemctl start ipa-healthcheck

To verify the result, go to /var/log/ipa/healthcheck/ and check if logs are created correctly.

101.4. Changing IdM Healthcheck configuration

You can change Healthcheck settings by adding the desired command line options to the /etc/ipahealthcheck/ipahealthcheck.conf file. This can be useful when, for example, you configured a log rotation and want to ensure the logs are in a format suitable for automatic analysis, but do not want to set up a new timer.


This Healthcheck feature is only available on RHEL 8.7 and newer.

After the modification, all logs that Healthcheck creates follow the new settings. These settings also apply to any manual execution of Healthcheck.


When running Healthcheck manually, settings in the configuration file take precedence over options specified in the command line. For example, if output_type is set to human in the configuration file, specifying json on the command line has no effect. Any command line options you use that are not specified in the configuration file are applied normally.

101.5. Configuring Healthcheck to change the output logs format

Follow this procedure to configure Healthcheck with a timer already set up. In this example, you configure Healthcheck to produce logs in a human-readable format and to also include successful results instead of only errors.


  • Your system is running RHEL 8.7 or later.
  • You have root privileges.
  • You have previously configured log rotation on a timer.


  1. Open the /etc/ipahealthcheck/ipahealthcheck.conf file in a text editor.
  2. Add options output_type=human and all=True to the [default] section.
  3. Save and close the file.


  1. Run Healthcheck manually:

    # ipa-healthcheck
  2. Go to /var/log/ipa/healthcheck/ and check that the logs are in the correct format.
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