Renaming a zone

You can rename a zone at any time. For example, if your organization changes how business units are aligned, moves to a new location, or merges with another organization, you might want to update zone names and descriptions to reflect these changes. You might also want to rename zones if your initial deployment did not use a naming convention for new zones, and you want to implement one after you have agents deployed.

What to do before renaming a zone

Before you rename zones, you might want to define and document a naming convention to use for future zones or the reasons for changing the zone name. You should also identify the computers in the zone to be renamed. You do not need to restart the agent on Windows computers for the new zone name to be recognized. However, you might need to perform other administrative tasks—such as changing role assignments—after renaming a zone. There are no other prerequisites for performing this task.

Rights required for this task

To rename a zone, your user account must be set with the following permissions:

Select this target object To apply these permissions

Parent container for an individual zone

For example, a ZoneName container object, such as:

domain/Zones/arcade

Click the Properties tab and select Allow to apply the following properties to this object only:

  • Write Description
  • Write name
  • Write Name

These are the minimum permissions required to rename a zone and not allow a user or group to modify any other zone properties. You can set permissions manually, or automatically grant these and other permissions to specific users or groups by selecting the Change zone properties task in the Zone Delegation Wizard.

Who should perform this task

A Windows administrator performs this task, depending on your organization’s policies. The user who creates the zone is responsible for delegating administrative tasks to other users or groups, if necessary. In most organizations, this task is done using an account with domain administrator privileges.

How often you should perform this task

After you are deployed, you rename zones only when you need to address organizational changes or to implement or improve the naming conventions you use.

Steps for completing this task

The following instructions illustrate how to rename a zone using Access Manager.

To rename a zone using Access Manager:

  1. Open Access Manager.
  2. Expand Zones to display the list of zones, then expand any child zones in the zone hierarchy until you see the specific zone you want to modify.
  3. Select the zone to change, right-click, then click Rename.
  4. Type the new name and, if needed, any changes to the zone description.

    You do not have to restart any Centrify agents on the computers in the zone you have renamed. Computers will remain joined to the zone even after changing the zone name.

  5. Users who have administrative privileges can verify the updated zone name on their local computer using the agent configuration panel.