In System Center Essentials 2010, groups are logical collections of computers and devices, such as Windows-based computers, hard disks, or instances of Microsoft SQL Server. You create a managed computer group by opening the Authoring pane and clicking Create a New Group. Use one or more of the following criteria to establish membership for the group:
- A list of the objects' names.
- A formula that dynamically populates the
membership of the group, such as a formula that adds domain
controller objects to the group.
- Other groups.
- A list of the objects' names to exclude from
In Essentials 2010, you use groups for the following purposes:
- Use overrides to disable or adjust the
configuration of a monitor that is applied to a group of, or
individual, managed objects.
- To create managed computer groups for
specific groups of objects and approve members of an
Essentials 2010 user role to see the views. For example, you
can create a state view for the Messaging group and approve members
of the Messaging Operators user role to see the Messaging view. For
more information, see Views.
- To see a managed computer group from the
Computers pane. After you create a managed group from the Authoring
pane, you will need to open the Computers pane and click Create
a Computer Group from the Tasks list. Under Criteria,
select Use a Managed Computer Group from the drop-down list
box, and then select the managed computer group you created.
Important Groups created from the Authoring pane or imported from a management pack are subject to naming restrictions that exclude certain characters. If these characters are used, the newly created group will not be visible in the list of managed computer groups when you create a new group from the Computer space. See Character Validation for more information.