Parametric Groups

In addition to static groups, parametric groups can be very useful. Client stations are dynamically assigned to a certain parametric group when the group's conditions are met. The advantage of parametric groups is the ability to use them in various places, including filters, policies, reports and notifications.

The Parametric Groups main window is composed of four sections. Parametric Groups lists the parent groups and subgroups that have been created. When you have selected a certain group from the Parametric Groups list, clients that belong to the currently selected group are listed in the Selected Group section.

NOTE: When a parent group is selected, the list contains subgroup members as well.

Parameters set for a selected group are listed in the Parameters section of the window. You can edit or add parameters at any time by clicking Edit....

The Synchronization status section displays a progress bar for the synchronization process.

1.To create a new group, click Create.... The new group will be created as a subgroup of the currently selected parent group. If you wish to create a main group, select the root of the hierarchical tree — Parametric Groups. The Parent group field contains the name of the parent group for the newly created group (i.e., "/" for the root). Enter a Name and a short Description for the new group.

2.The next step is to create Client filter parameters, which can be done in the Rule Editor by selecting options after  clicking Edit... Here, you can specify the conditions necessary for the rule to be triggered and applied. Select the condition and specify it by clicking Specify next to the rule in the Parameters window below. You can also choose whether you want this rule to be applied only when all of the conditions are met, or if any of the conditions are met.

3.If you select the check box next to Sticky, clients will be automatically added to this group when they match the conditions, but will never be removed. The content of a sticky group can be reset manually at the root level.

NOTE: This parameter can only be set when creating a new group.

To edit an existing group, select it from the Parametric Groups list and then click Edit... in the bottom of the window. For group deletion, select the desired group and click Delete.

You can manually refresh the group list by clicking Refresh. To import a group from a file select a group in the Parametric Groups section under which you want the new group to be imported and click Import... Confirm your selection by clicking Yes. Locate the file you want to import and click Open. The group (and all of its subgroups) will be imported under the selected location. To export a group (and all of its subgroups) select it in the Parametric Groups section, click the arrow on Import... and select Export... Click Yes to confirm, select a name and a location for your export file and click Save.

NOTE: You can use your mouse to drag and drop groups already in the Parametric Groups section.

NOTE: You can conveniently use the parametric groups for filtering data or clients. For example, you want to generate reports only for computers with Windows XP. Create a parametric group only for computers with the specific operating system and use this group in the filter target. You can also set your own Custom Client Data when creating an installation package - (Configuration Editor > Kernel > Settings > Remote Administration). Set this option (Custom Client Data) as a  parameter for a parametric group and every user that installs this package becomes a member of this group.