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 have their rules defined in the Dynamic Group Template. For a computer to become a member of a specific Dynamic Group, it must meet certain conditions. These conditions are defined in a Dynamic Group Template. Each template consists of one or several Rules. You can specify these rules when creating a new Template.

Devices are evaluated for inclusion in Dynamic Groups each time they check in to ESET Security Management Center. 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 some pre-defined Dynamic Groups available after you have installed ESET Security Management Center. You can also create custom Dynamic Groups. There are 2 ways to do this:

Create a template first and then create a Dynamic Group.

Create a new template when creating a new Dynamic Group.

A user can use Dynamic Groups in other parts of ESMC. It is possible to assign policies to them (policies are applied as described here) or prepare a task for all computers in the group.

A dynamic group can be inside (under) a static group or dynamic groups. However, static group can not be inside a dynamic group. All dynamic groups under a certain static group only filter devices of that static group. If a dynamic group is inside another dynamic group, it filters the results of the superior dynamic group. Once the group is created, it can be moved freely across the tree.

The management of Dynamic Groups is available via group actions.