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Machine ID FAQ

Can Machine ID be used within CI/CD jobs?

On CI/CD platforms where your workflow runs in an ephemeral environment (e.g no persistent state exists between individual workflow runs), Machine ID works best where a supported join method exists. These are:

  • GitHub Actions
  • CircleCI
  • GitLab
  • AWS
  • GCP
  • Azure
  • Kubernetes
  • Spacelift

On CI/CD platforms where you control the runner environment (e.g self-hosted Jenkins runner), Machine ID can run as a daemon on the runner and the generated credentials can be mounted into the environment of your individual workflow runs.

Can Machine ID be used with Trusted Clusters ?

From Teleport 12.2, you can use Machine ID for SSH Access in trusted leaf clusters.

We currently do not support access to applications, databases, or Kubernetes clusters in leaf clusters.

Should I define allowed logins as user traits or within roles?

When defining the logins that your bot will be allowed to use, there are two options:

  • Directly adding the login to the logins section of the role that your bot will impersonate.
  • Adding the login to the logins trait of the bot user, and impersonating a role that includes the {{ internal.logins }} role variable. This is usually done by providing the --logins parameter when creating the bot.

For simpler scenarios — where you only expect the bot to use a single output or role — you can add the login to the logins trait of the bot user. This approach allows you to leverage default roles like access.

For situations where your bot is producing certificates for different roles in different outputs, it is important to consider whether using a login trait grants access to resources that you didn't intend. To prevent a login trait from granting access you didn't intend, we recommend that you create bespoke roles that explicitly specify the logins that should be included in the certificates.

Can Machine ID be used with per-session MFA?

We do not currently support Machine ID and per-session MFA. Enabling per-session MFA globally, or for roles impersonated by Machine ID, will prevent credentials produced by Machine ID from being used to connect to resources.

As a work-around, ensure that per-session MFA is enforced on individual roles rather than enforced globally, and that it is not enforced for roles that you will impersonate using Machine ID.