You can create groups to identify devices by a common theme or purpose.
What are groups?
You can use t he following groups to organize devices and assets:
- Service groups, which are organizational containers for devices from one or many sites. Groups can be based on hardware, operating system or applications installed. For example, you can put all the Windows 10 devices together or put all Antivirus clients together.
- Site groups, which are organizational containers for devices related to a single site. For example, you can put all the workstations in the Finance department together.
- Shared site groups, which function the same way as regular site groups, however, shared site groups are centrally managed from a single group definition.
Devices can belong to multiple groups.
Why use groups?
You can create groups to filter devices by criteria that you specify, such as device type or location, with the purpose of performing various asset management tasks on the devices, such as reporting or running automatic update scripts.
How are devices added to groups?
Devices can be added either manually or automatically. When you create a group, you can configure automatic inclusion rules that define a set of criteria that devices must match to be automatically added to the group. When new devices are discovered, typically as the result of a network scan, they are automatically added to groups for which they meet the criteria. Conversely, a device will be automatically removed from a group if it no longer meets the automatic inclusion criteria.
In addition to creating automatic inclusion rules, you can manually add devices to a group.