Groups can be understood as folders where computers and other objects are categorized. Security model since ERA 6.5 uses groups to contain objects and assign permissions. Objects are not only computers but also all tasks, notifications, policies, certificates, installers or permission sets. See the list of permissions for more information on access rights.

For computers and devices, you can use pre-defined groups and group templates, or create new ones. Client computers can be added to groups. This helps you keep the computers structured and arranged to your liking. You can add computers to a Static Group.

Static Groups are managed manually, while Dynamic Groups are arranged automatically based on specific criteria in a template. Once the computers are in groups, you can assign policies, tasks or settings to these groups. The policy, task or setting is then applied to all the members of the group. There are two types of client groups:

Static Groups

Static Groups are groups of selected client computers and other objects. Group members are static and can only be added/removed manually, not based on dynamic criteria. An object can only be present in one Static Group. A static group can be deleted only if there are no objects contained in it.

Dynamic Groups

Dynamic Groups are groups of devices (not other objects like tasks or policies) where membership in the group is determined by specific criteria. If a client device does not fulfill that criteria, it will be removed from the group. Computers that satisfy the criteria will be added to the group automatically (hence the name "dynamic").

The Groups window is divided into three sections:

1.A list of all groups and their subgroups is displayed on the left. You can select a group and an action for this group from the context menu (gear_icon next to the group name). The options are the same as those described below (group actions button).

2.The following details for the selected group are shown on the right pane (you can switch between tabs):

Computers that are members of the group.

Policies assigned to this group.

Tasks assigned to this group.

Summary basic description of the group.

3.Buttons Group and Computers  (at the bottom of the screen) let you perform various group actions.