The following article provides a short overview of possible methods for registering endpoint devices on the IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) Server. Depending on the number of devices to be registered, physical availability of devices in the network, etc., you can select the method that best suits your needs. 

Device Registration Methods

If you deploy IGEL Cloud Gateway (ICG), it is not necessary to register the device in the UMS since this process is performed when you set up the ICG connection on the device in the IGEL Setup Assistant (see Setup Assistant for IGEL OS) or the ICG Agent Setup (see Using ICG Agent Setup).

You can register devices on the UMS Server in the following ways:

  • Scanning the network for devices and registering the found devices 
    In this case, the devices must be physically available in the network and switched on. This method is usually used if not so many devices are to be registered; for the initial mass rollout, the automatic registration of devices is preferred.

  • Automatic registration
    If you enable automatic registration and configure the DHCP tag and/or the DNS alias igelrmserver with the IP or FQDN of the UMS Server, all devices on the server's network will be automatically registered at startup. 

    IGEL recommends automatic registration when registering new devices for the first time during the rollout.

    Disable automatic registration as soon as all devices have been registered, so that no unknown devices can obtain sensitive settings.

  • Importing devices
    Here, you import the devices’ data from a CSV file, so this method can only be used if you already know which devices exactly are to be registered. This approach allows you to make devices known to the UMS before the devices are physically available in the network. With this method, you can also specify editable device attributes such as site, department, or cost center.

  • Creating a device entry manually
    In this case, you create a database entry for a device manually. This method is not appropriate for the initial setup of the UMS since the firmware for the devices must already be in the database. It is rather suitable for registering only a small number of devices.

  • Using the UMS Registration function on the device
    In this case, you start the UMS Registration function directly on the device and manually enter the data of the required UMS Server.