You can configure your Safeguard for Privileged Sessions (SPS) cluster in the following ways:

  • Configuration synchronization without a central search: This method allows you to perform your configuration settings on your Central management node. Managed host nodes periodically fetch and merge the settings into their own: this is called "configuration synchronization". Central search is not configured in this method, so you can search for sessions on each node, including the Central management node.

    For more information on this method, see Configuration synchronization without a central search.

  • Central search with configuration synchronization: This method allows you to use a Central management node with a Search master role to view session data recorded by the minion nodes of your cluster, as well as manage all the nodes in the cluster from one central location.

    For more information on this method, see Central search with configuration synchronization.

    IMPORTANT: One Identity does not recommend having a central search configuration without configuration synchronization.

The following figure shows a cluster configured for central search with configuration synchronization.

Figure 130: Central search with configuration synchronization

The figure above is an example of an SPS cluster configured as follows:

  • There is a Central management node, which has a Search master role.
  • There are two Managed host nodes (Managed host node 1 and 2), each configured with a Search minion role.
  • The Central management node is connected to the two minion nodes.
  • The minion nodes record sessions, which are displayed on the Search interface of the Central management node.
  • The minion nodes fetch their configuration from the Central management node, and merge it into their own configuration.

The Central management node with a Search master role and the connected Managed host nodes with Search minion roles require different configuration settings as described in the table below:

Table 9: Managing a central search configuration
Role Use and configuration settings

Central management node, Search master

  • Use it for viewing session data recorded by minions as well as managing all the nodes in the cluster.
  • Perform your configuration settings on this node. Managed host nodes periodically fetch and merge these configuration settings into their own (configuration synchronization).

  • For backup and archive, configure a backup server on your Central management node and an archive server on your minion node.

  • Ensure that you configure high availability (HA) for each node (for both your Central management node and the Managed host nodes). Also ensure that the Central management node has a system backup configured.
  • This node cannot be used to record sessions.

Managed host node, Search minion

  • Use it to record sessions and store audit trail files.
  • Do not perform configuration settings on the minion. These are overwritten during configuration synchronization.

    NOTE: All configuration settings that you make on the minions are overwritten during configuration synchronization except the node specific configuration.

  • Set external and internal indexers.

  • For backup and archive, configure an archive server on your minion node, and a backup server on your Central management node.

  • Ensure that you configure high availability (HA) for each node (for both your Central management node and the Managed host nodes). Also ensure that the Central management node has a system backup configured.

For more information on each role, see Cluster roles.