Adding Non-Domain Computers to ControlUp
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Adding Non-Domain Computers to ControlUp

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ControlUp requires a valid and reachable FQDN of a machine before adding it. However, you can add computers that are not part of an Active Directory domain to your ControlUp environment.

In this article, we show you how to add a machine to ControlUp that is not domain-joined. We use a machine with the hostname "NoDomainPC" throughout this guide.
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To add a non-domain-joined machine to ControlUp:

  1. Add an A record for the non-domain-joined computer on the Active Directory domain controller. Despite the FQDN being displayed, the machine does not have to be domain-joined.
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  2. Log in to the Real-Time Console and go to Settings > Agent. Under the Agent Authentication Key section, click Copy to copy the authentication key to the clipboard.
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  3. Remote connect to the computer and download the ControlUp Agent from our Download Center. Run the MSI installer.

  4. During the installation, paste the Authentication Key from your clipboard.
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  5. When the installation is complete, switch back to the Real-Time Console and add a folder by right-clicking Add > Folder. In our example, we want to add the non domain joined machine to a folder named “Non Domain Computers”.
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  6. Open a PowerShell session on a ControlUp Monitor machine.
    a. Import the ControlUp.PowerShell.User module.

    $pathtomodule = (Get-ChildItem "C:\Program Files\Smart-X\ControlUpMonitor  \*ControlUp.PowerShell.User.dll" -Recurse | Sort-Object LastWriteTime -Descending)[0]
    Import-Module $pathtomodule
    

    b. Add the machine to the new folder by running the Add-CUComputer cmdlet.

    Add-CUComputer -Name "NoDomainPC" -Domain "AD2012.LOC" -Path -FolderPath "\non domain computers"
    
    Tip

    To avoid misspellings in the folder path, run the Get-CUFolders cmdlet and copy the folder path to the -FolderPath parameter.
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  7. If you see this message, your computer has been successfully added to the new folder:
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  8. This machine is now accessible in the Real-Time Console just like any other domain-joined machine.
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