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Cloning computers in ESET Security Management Center: Create a new computer every time

Issue

You are cloning a computer from one master computer and you need to recognize each new clone alway as a new computer. You do not want clones to be able to recover their identities.

There are two solutions:

Details

Read more about supported features of hypervisors in our Knowledgebase article. Do not use this setting with VDI environments.

Solution

This article demonstrates an example situation using VMWare and vSphere web client. You can use these same steps with other supported hypervisors. For more information about resolving cloning questions, click here

Mark a cloned machine as a master computer

Prerequisites: You already you have ESMC version 7.0 installed and running. You also have at least one client computer with ESET Management Agent installed and connected to your ESMC Server.

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  1. Clone the client computer in your virtual machine management tool (hypervisor). 

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  1. After cloning is complete, start the clone.
     
  2. Wait a few moments until the machine is started. When startup is complete, the Agent on the cloned computer will connect to ESMC Server. ESMC Server will recognize that this is the clone of an existing client computer already connected to ESMC.
     
  3. Click Status OverviewQuestions.

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  1. Select the computer you have just cloned and click Resolve question.

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  1. Select Create a new computer every time to set the selected computer a master computer. All clones of this computer would be recognized as new computers and will have unique identities in ESMC Web Console. Click Resolve.

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  1. Click Resolve to confirm setting the selected computer as a master. All other unresolved clones of this computer would be resolved automatically.

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  1. Wait a few minutes for the cloned machine to connect at least two times (two replication intervals). Click Computers to see the new identity assigned to the clone. The name of cloned computer will be the same by default, but it will have a unique IP address. The clone is now independent of the master computer.

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Mark a machine as a master computer prior to cloning

Prerequisites: You already you have ESMC version 7.0 installed and running. You also have at least one client computer with ESET Management Agent installed and connected to your ESMC Server.

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  1. Select the computer that will be marked as a master computer and click Show Details.

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  1. In the Overview tab, click Hardware and select Mark as Master for Cloning Match with existing computers. This setting automatically resolves each future clone of this computer.

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  1. You can now clone the client computer in your virtual machine management tool and power it on. After the first two replications, ESMC recognizes the clone and it gets a new identity in the Web Console.



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