Adding and Importing Computers

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Introduction

The System Frontier database must have computers existing in the data so that you can perform actions or view information about them. There are multiple ways to input those objects.

How to Input Computers into the Database

Here are the different ways that computers can be entered into System Frontier:

  • Add them manually.
  • Import them from a file.
  • Use the Import API.
The preferred method to import computers into System Frontier is to use the Import API

Adding Computers Manually

Manage > Computers > Add

On the Add Computer page, fill in the data and click Add. The Hostname, Description, Environment, and Status fields (in bold) are required.

The Add Computer page

The Environment and Status fields are to help categorize systems and can be customized by going to Settings > Site and clicking on the Environment or Status links.

Once you click Add, System Frontier will add the computer to the database and attempt to query it using the admin credentials you provided in Settings > Credentials. If successful, basic information like make, model and IP address will be updated for this record.

Importing Computers from a File

Manage > Computers > Import

You can import computers from a text file containing a list of computers. Simply put one computer or IP address per line.

If you want to add Description, Environment, and Status, be sure the columns are TAB delimited and that the Environment and Status values are valid in System Frontier, having been defined already.

To view which Environment and Status field values are valid, go to Settings > Site and click on the Environments or Status links.

When creating a computer import file, the Hostname or IP Address is required, but the additional columns (fields) are optional. If other columns are used, they must be TAB delimited and added in this order:

  1. Hostname or IP Address
  2. Description
  3. Status
  4. Environment
An example of what you would put into a file to be ready for import

Click Choose File to pick the text file containing the data and then click Import.

The Import Computers page

After the computers are imported, System Frontier will add them to the database and attempt to query them using the admin credentials you provided in Settings > Credentials. If successful, basic information like make, model and IP address will be updated in their records.

Using the Import API

The preferred way to add computers into System Frontier is to use the Import API. This will let you import from Active Directory, from a REST API, or from another database. Contact us if you need more information on the Import API.


Be sure to read the User Guide for more information.

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