How do I configure a new PAM Orchestrator instance to use existing PAM database tables?

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Last Modified Date : 14/02/2018
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How can I install an orchestrator on a new system and point it to my existing PAM database?


NOTE: This process is not supported for in-flight processes.  Running processes contain links to the current Orchestrator and therefore may not continue to process after migration to a new host.  All running processes should be aborted before following these steps.

Each PAM engine has a unique ID that it creates and writes to the database.

If you attempt to install a new Orchestrator against existing tables, it will display an error with the message "The Runtime Database is being used by another orchestrator.".  This document walks through modifying the PAM configuration files so they match the DB.  This process is not supported for existing in-flight process instances.

You can get the Orchestrator ID from the "properties" table in the database - You'll need this value to update the various config files so copy it out somewhere and mark it "Original ID". It will look something like d98853b2-ecbd-4d37-b71c-ecf7b46c17c4

Then install PAM against a dummy database and get it all patched up and running against this dummy database. They should use the same Database Host, Username and Password, only specifying a different database name such as "PAMDummy".

Stop the PAM service or application.

Open the NodeConfiguration file from the new install and make note of the nodeID. You will need this shortly, copy it out an mark it "Dummy ID".

Then go through the following files replacing the current "Dummy ID" with the "Original ID" from the properties table in the database.

Note: It is not called nodeid outside the nodeconfiguration file, you will have to search for the actual "Dummy ID" string to find it.

  • Domain.xml
  • c2osvcw.conf

Finally, in, review the various database 'dbname=' values and change all of them from "PAMDummy" to the name of the original database.

Start PAM.

If everything goes well, PAM should start against the old tables.