Converting an expansion server to the main server - Security Center 5.9

Security Center Administrator Guide 5.9

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To replace your existing main server or to start a new system, you can convert an expansion server into the main server.

Before you begin

If you are replacing an old main server, and if the Directory database was hosted on your old main server, move the Directory database to the server you want to convert, or to a third computer.

What you should know

You convert an expansion server to a main server by activating the Directory role on your server using Server Admin.

This operation restarts the Genetec™ Server service which temporarily deactivates all roles hosted on your server. You must log on again to Server Admin to activate your software license on your new main server.


  1. Log on to Server Admin on your computer using a web browser.
  2. From the server list, select the expansion server you want to convert.
  3. Beside the server name, click Actions > Activate.
  4. In the confirmation dialog box that appears, click Continue.
    The Genetec™ Server service restarts. You are temporarily logged off from Server Admin.
  5. Open a web browser, and enter http://machine/Genetec in the address bar, where machine is the DNS name or the IP address of your server.
  6. Log on again to Server Admin.
  7. Activate the software license on the new main server.
  8. If you are replacing an old main server, configure the database settings on the Server Admin - Main server page so that this server connects to your existing Directory database.
    This operation forces the expansion server (promoted to main server) to take on the identity of the old main server. This means that if there were roles hosted on the expansion server before, they must be moved to the new main server, because the ID of the expansion server has changed.
  9. From the Config Tool home page, open the Network view task.
  10. In the network view, if you see an offline copy of the expansion server you just converted (), delete it.