Static Group Synchronization

The Static Group Synchronization task will search your network (Active Directory, Open Directory, LDAP, local network or VMware) for computers and put them into a Static group. If you select Synchronize with Active Directory during Server Installation, computers that are found are added to the All group.

Click Admin > Server Task > Static Group Synchronization > New...

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Enter basic information about the task, such as the Name and Description (optional). The Task Type defines the settings and behavior of the task. Select the check box next to Run task immediately after finish to have the task run automatically after you click Finish.

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Expand settings and click Select under Static group name - By default, the root for synchronized computers will be used. Alternatively you can create a new Static Group.

Object to synchronize - Either Computers and Groups, or Only Computers.

Computer creation collision handling - If the synchronization adds computers that are already members of the Static Group, you can select a conflict resolution method: Skip (synchronized computers will not be added) or Move (new computers will be moved to a subgroup).

Computer extinction handling - If a computer no longer exists, you can either Remove this computer or Skip it.

Group extinction handling - If a group no longer exists, you can either Remove this group or Skip it.

There are 3 Synchronization modes:

MS Windows Network - Enter a Workgroup to be used and the user with his credentials.

Active Directory/Open Directory/LDAP - type the basic Server connection, see synchronization mode for detailed instructions.

VMware - type the VMware vCenter Server connection, see synchronization mode for detailed instructions.

In the Microsoft Windows Network synchronization settings section type the following information:

oWorkgroup - Type the domain or workgroup that contains the computers that will be synced. If you do not specify a workgroup, all visible computers will be synchronized.

oLogin - Type the login credentials used for synchronization in your Windows Network.

oPassword - Type the password used to log on to your Windows Network.

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Select an existing trigger for this task, or create a new trigger. It is also possible to Remove or Modify a selected trigger.

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Review the configuration information displayed here and if it is ok, click Finish. The task is now created and ready to be used.

Only Windows computers will receive the task using default settings. If you have Linux computers in your Windows domain and want them to receive this task as well, make them visible first. Linux computers in a Windows domain do not display any text in ADUC (Active Directory Users and computers) computer properties, so this information must be entered manually.