Thank you, I also did some digging and found that there is a bug directly related this an version 4.5.2 which is what i'm running.  Apparently it is fixed in 4.6.3 but it hasn't reached CentOS 7 EPEL repo.

On Thursday, February 8, 2018 7:29 AM, Florence Blanc-Renaud via FreeIPA-users <> wrote:

On 02/07/2018 10:53 PM, Andrew Meyer via FreeIPA-users wrote:
> I just got FreeIPA added as a client and then I tried to promote it as a replica.  I got the following error:
> Done configuring kadmin.
> Configuring directory server (dirsrv)
> [1/3]: configuring TLS for DS instance
> [error] RuntimeError: Certificate issuance failed (CA_REJECTED)
> Your system may be partly configured.
> Run /usr/sbin/ipa-server-install --uninstall to clean up.
> ipa.ipapython.install.cli.install_tool(CompatServerReplicaInstall): ERROR    Certificate issuance failed (CA_REJECTED)
> ipa.ipapython.install.cli.install_tool(CompatServerReplicaInstall): ERROR    The ipa-replica-install command failed. See /var/log/ipareplica-install.log for more information
> [ec2-user@freeipa-replica-aws ~]$
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During a replication installation, the replica will use certmonger to
request certificates for 389-ds and httpd. Then certmonger (on the
replica-to-be) contacts a FreeIPA master with a cert_request command,
and the master communicates with Dogtag to issue the certificate.

When this fails, you may get more information with the following command:
- on the client that you try to promote: sudo getcert list
It may contain an error message with an explanation

- on the FreeIPA master, check the logs in /var/log/httpd/error_log.
They should contain some lines like:

[] [:error] [pid 9337] ipa: INFO: [xmlserver]
cert_request(u'MII...MJUs6', profile_id=u'caIPAserviceCert',
principal=u'ldap/', add=True,
version=u'2.51'): XXX

where XXX will contain the reason for the failure. The PKI logs in
/var/log/pki/pki-tomcat/ on the master may also help diagnose.


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