Move a PGP Desktop for Windows client to a new PGP Universal Server

Article:HOWTO79579  |  Created: 2012-09-26  |  Updated: 2012-10-30  |  Article URL
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When migrating to a new PGP Universal server it is necessary to move PGP Desktop for Windows clients. 


This article describes how to bind a client to a new PGP Universal Server. To achieve this you must delete the PGP Preferences on the client system and then update the PGP Stamp in the Windows Registry configuration string to move the client to the new server.

1. Exit PGP Desktop and then click on the PGP Tray icon in the task bar and click Exit PGP Services.

2. Delete the PGP Desktop client preferences:

Click Start > Run... on Windows XP or Click Start and type "%appdata%" on Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Change directory into PGP Corporation/PGP and delete PGPpolicy.xml and PGPprefs.xml.

3. Update the client to the new server:

Click Start>Run... on XP or Click Start and type regedit on Vista or Windows 7.

Browse to this Key name:

64 bit system:



32 bit system: 



Right-click the string value "PGPSTAMP" and select Modify to change the Value data from "ovid=<Old PGP Universal Server name>&mail=*&admin=1" to "ovid=<New Universal Server FQDN>&mail=*&admin=1" without the quotes.



Warning: Incorrectly editing the registry may severely damage your system. Before making changes to the registry, you should back up any valued data on the computer. For more information on backing up the registry see the following article on the Microsoft support site:
How to back up and restore the registry    


3.  Restart PGP services:

Click Start > All Programs > Startup > PGP Tray.

This will prompt PGP Desktop to contact the server and re-enroll the client.






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