Dynamic Groups

Dynamic Groups can be seen as filters based on computer status. One computer may apply for more than one filter and, therefore, be assigned to more than one Dynamic Group. This makes Dynamic Groups different from Static Groups, because a single client cannot belong to more than one static group.

Dynamic Groups are groups of clients selected based on specific conditions.  For a computer to become a member of a specific Dynamic Group, it must meet the conditions defined in a Dynamic Group Template. Each template consists of one or several Rules.  If a client computer does not fulfill the criteria, it will be removed from the group. If it fulfills the defined conditions, it will be added to the group.

Devices are evaluated for inclusion in Dynamic Groups each time they check in to ESET Cloud Administrator. When a device meets the values specified in a Dynamic Group template, it is automatically assigned to this group. Computers are filtered on the Agent side, so no extra information needs to be transferred to server. The Agent decides on its own which Dynamic Groups a client belongs to, and only notifies the server about this decision.

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If the client device is not connected (for example, it is turned off), its membership in dynamic groups is not updated. After the device is connected again, its membership in dynamic groups will be updated.

There are ten pre-defined Dynamic Groups available after you have created ECA.

Windows computers - all devices with Windows operating system.

Windows  (desktop) - all devices with Windows desktop operating system.

Windows (servers) - all devices with Windows server operating system.

Linux computers - all devices with Linux operating system.

Mac computers - all devices with OS X operating system.

Computers with outdated modules - all devices with outdated security product modules.  

Computers with outdated operating system - all devices with outdated operating system.

Problematic computers - all devices with validation-status-icon-warning warning or validation-status-icon-error error status.

Not activated security products - all devices with not activated security product.

No manageable security product - all devices with ESET product that is not possible to manage directly from ESET Cloud Administrator.

You can use Dynamic Groups in other parts of ECA. It is possible to assign policies to them or prepare a task for all computers in a group.