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Cisco Defense Orchestrator

Switch Between Cloud SDC and On-Premises SDC

Your Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO) tenant may use either a Secure Device Connector (SDC) installed on your premises (on-premises) or may use an SDC installed "in the cloud." An on-premises SDC is installed by your own organization. A cloud SDC is installed by CDO's support team. 

Switching from a cloud SDC to an on-premises SDC:

  1. Remove the cloud SDC from your tenant.
  2. Your organization installs an on-premises SDC by clicking Deploy an On-Premises Secure Device Connector on the Secure Connectors page.
  3. You bulk reconnect the devices to your tenant.

Switching from an on-premises SDC to a cloud-based SDC:

  1. Remove the SDC from your tenant.
  2. Your organization requests a cloud SDC by clicking Request a Cloud Secure Device Connector on the Secure Connectors page.
  3. You bulk reconnect your managed devices to your tenant.


  1. Remove the SDC from your Tenant
    1. From the account menu, select Secure Connectors
    2. In the secure connectors table, select your SDC. The label in the Type column will read, Secure Device Connector.
    3. In the Actions pane, click trash.png Remove
    4. You receive this warning: 

     Warning: You are about to delete <sdc_name>. Deleting the Secure Device Connector (SDC) is not reversible. 
     Deleting the SDC will require you to create and onboard a new SDC before you can onboard, or re-onboard, your devices.

     Because you currently have onboarded devices, removing the SDC will require you to reconnect those devices and provide credentials 
     again after setting up a new SDC.

  1. Think before you click:
  • If you have any questions or concerns, click Cancel and contact CDO support.
  • If you wish to proceed, enter <sdc_name> in the text box below and click OK.
  1. Deploy a new SDC for your Tenant

Do one of the following: 

  1. Reconnecting your Devices after Removing your SDC

After you onboard the new SDC, you need to re-connect your devices to CDO:

  1. From the navigation bar, click Devices & Services.
  2. Select all the onboarded devices.
  3. In the Actions pane, click Reconnect.