I am trying to edit the serverclass.conf in the deployment server to push app to one of the forwarders. when I tried to open it I don't see any of the previous entries in the serverclass.conf except the [global] stanza.
If you get a btool output for serverclass.conf from the deployment server, what do you see?
...for *nix in $SPLUNK_HOME/bin/
./splunk btool serverclass list --debug > outputfilename.txt
You can then cat/less/vi the outputfilename.txt and it will show you all the serverclass.conf settings and where they are located. The settings may be in a location other than where you are looking.