Associating Processing Rule Groups with Computer Groups

You associate a processing rule group with a computer group so Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 evaluates specific processing rules on specific computers. For example, you could associate a processing rule group named High Security with a computer group named Accounting. All processing rules in the High Security processing rule group will be evaluated on computers in the Accounting computer group.

Evaluating the processing rules on all the computers in the computer group ensures similar data collection and management. Using the Monitor snap-in, you can create a monitoring view of only the computers in that computer group.

If you associate a computer group with a parent processing rule group, rules in both the parent and child rule groups are evaluated on the computer group's computers.

If you have parent and child processing rule groups, you might want to associate the individual child groups with computer groups instead of associating the parent group with computer groups. If you want all child group rules to be evaluated on the computers in a computer group, then you can associate the parent group with the computer group.

Also as a general rule, if you associate computer group A with parent rule group 1, and computer group B with the child rule group 1.1, rule group 1.1 is evaluated on computers in both computer groups A and B.