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KB-5373: Can a server with a Centrify Cloud Connector installed be cloned?

Centrify Identity Service, App Edition ,  

12 April,16 at 11:48 AM

Applies to: All versions of Centrify Identity Service

Question:

Is it possible to clone a pre-existing server with a Centrify Cloud Connector installed, in order to register another Cloud Connector?


Answer:

Yes, this is possible.  However there are some considerations to be taken into effect: 
  • The cloud connector software must be either uninstalled prior to the clone taking place, or reinstalled after the clone completes.
  • When a cloud connector is installed, a UUID is generated in the Windows registry, with a value that is unique to that specific install.  
  • If a server is cloned, this value will also be cloned, thus the Cloud will then see the new server as pre-existing.  
  • Any attempts at registering a new Cloud Connector from the newly cloned server without uninstalling first, will disable the Cloud Connector running on the server the clone was created from.  

Example:
  • A Cloud Connector is installed on a server named SSO1.
    • This server is then cloned without uninstalling the connector first, and renamed to SSO2.  
  • SSO1 & SSO2 will now have matching UUID values in the Windows registry.  
    • So, if an attempt to register a Cloud Connector from SSO 2 is made before uninstalling and reinstalling the Connector, SSO1's Cloud Connector will be disabled due to the Cloud recognizing them as the same server.  
  • However, if the Cloud Connector is uninstalled and then reinstalled on SSO2, this will allow a new UUID to be generated, thus allowing a new Cloud Connector to be registered. 

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