Clearing the Machine ID of a Cloned Instance for DHCP

Photon OS uses the contents of /etc/machine-id to determine the DHCP unique identifier (duid) that is used for DHCP requests. If you use a Photon OS instance as the base system for cloning, to create additional Photon OS instances, you must clear the machine-id with this command:

echo -n > /etc/machine-id

When the value is cleared, machine-id can be regenerated by calling systemd-machine-id-setup.

systemd-machine-id-setup

This command initializes the machine ID stored in /etc/machine-id during installation. For more information on this command, see https://www.freedesktop.org/software/systemd/man/systemd-machine-id-setup.html.

Last modified March 24, 2021: big docs v4 cleanup (80869a1a7)