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KB-7563: How to manage and edit centrifydc.conf on Mac computers

Mac & PC Management Service ,  

1 May,18 at 09:18 PM


How can an Administrator update the centrifydc.conf file on a Mac?


There are 2 common methods to manage the centrifydc.conf file on a Mac computer - edit the file manually or manage using group policy.

Option 1: Manually edit the file (ie. for testing prior to pushing out to all Users via option 2)

1. On the Mac, browse to the following folder: /etc/centrifydc/

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2. Copy the centrifydc.conf file to the Desktop, and then edit the copied file.

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3. Once the changes to centrifydc.conf are complete in the copy, save and then copy the file back to /etc/centrifydc/. Choose to overwrite if prompted.
Note- It is recommended to make a copy of the original in case needed.

4. Once replaced, an Administrator should open a terminal window and execute the following command to load the configuration changes: 

         sudo /usr/local/share/centrifydc/bin/centrifydc restart

Option 2: Update using Group Policy Object (GPO)
1.  An Administrator should log in to the server which has Centrify group policy templates configured, and edit an existing GPO, or create a new GPO and scope accordingly.

2. Once the GPO is in edit mode, browse to Computer Configuration >> Policies and right click "Centrify Settings." Click "Add/ Remove Templates" and click "Add." Choose "centrifydc_settings.xml" and click "Open", and then click "OK."

3. Expand "Centrify Settings" and click "Direct Control Settings."

4. On the right hand side, locate the GPO setting called, "Add centrifydc.conf properties"

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5. Enable this policy, and click "Add" to add the parameter settings.

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6. Once complete, click OK

Once the Mac performs another group policy update, the configuration will be pushed to the Mac.

For additional information not covered in this guide or troubleshooting assistance, please review Centrify Online Help or visit the Customer Support Portal at


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