Chocolatey Central Management gives you visibility into what's installed on a given computer, as well as their last check-in to Central Management and IP Address.

The Computers page can be accessed from the Central Management Dashboard via the menu entry in the left-hand sidebar.

Computers menu entry on the CCM Dashboard

Registering a New Computer

Client computers (agents) will show up in Central Management automatically as long as long as these conditions are met for the client computer:

  1. The chocolatey, chocolatey.extension, and chocolatey-agent packages are installed, alongside a valid Chocolatey for Business license.
  2. The useChocolateyCentralManagement feature is enabled.
  3. The centralManagementServiceUrl is set correctly in the chocolatey configuration file (typically to https://<FQDN_to_CCM_service_host>:24020/ChocolateyManagementService)
  4. The client has access to the above URL (this may require opening the port in your firewall, etc.) so that it can resolve the SSL certificate necessary to communicate with the CCM service.

Please see Central Management Client Setup for more details and setup.

Viewing Installed Software on a Computer

From the main Computers page in Central Management, locate the computer of interest in the list or by providing a search term in the table filter. Select the ⚙️ Actions menu in the corresponding right-hand column, and click Details.

Finding a computer's details menu option

You will be presented with a list of the installed software packages for the machine, similar to below.

Computer details screen showing installed software

Removing a Computer from Central Management

📝 NOTE

Unless you first uninstall (at minimum) the chocolatey-agent or disable Central Management by disabling the feature setting, the deleted computer will reappear when the Chocolatey Agent performs its next check-in.

From the main Computers page in Central Management, locate the computer of interest in the list or by providing a search term in the table filter. Select the ⚙️ Actions menu in the corresponding right-hand column, and click Delete.

Deleting a computer in Central Management

You will be prompted to confirm the deletion.

Prompt to confirm deletion of a computer in Central Management

Computers are not showing up in CCM

You need to check the CCM service logs. The agent will always report success when it communicates with the service successfully. The service may reject what it receives, but due to security settings, it won't tell the client about that.

The logs are located at $env:ChocolateyInstall\logs\ccm-service.log. If you are on a version of CCM prior to 0.2.0, the log will be located at $env:ChocolateyInstall\lib\chocolatey-management-service\tools\service\logs\chocolatey.service.host.log.

For more common errors related to checking in, see the setup section (and component setup sub-sections) as they dive deeper into common errors and resolutions related to things such as this.