4 Replies Latest reply on May 24, 2013 3:00 PM by Lawrence Garvin

    Nested computer groups?

    mherridge

      Is it possible to use nested groups within patch manager? as the option to select "all computers in the selected Patch Manager Computer Group" is greyed out within computer selection rule. Am currently using the Eval version and so am wondering whether this is a licensed version only option or there for future use?

        • Re: Nested computer groups?
          David Di Blasio

          There's no limitations in the evaluation version (aside from access to the full third party catalogs). Provided you have WSUS configured to utilize server side targeting, you'll need to first create a new computer group with the "Add Computer Group" button. This functionality can be located in the "Actions" pane when you have selected the "All Computers" node. Once created you'll be able to move machines to your newly configured groups by utilizing the "Change Group Membership" button.

            • Re: Nested computer groups?
              mherridge

              I'm enquiring as to whether there is the option to create a nested group, i.e. I create thre groups called App1 - Dev, App2 - Dev and App3 - Dev and then one group call All Apps - Dev which contains the 3 sub groups. Is this possible?

                • Re: Nested computer groups?
                  David Di Blasio

                  This is certainly possible in both the Patch Manager console, and the WSUS console as this is a function provided by WSUS itself. In Patch Manager you would just need to select the group you want to create a sub group under, and then click the "Add Computer Group" button in the actions pane.

                  • Re: Nested computer groups?
                    Lawrence Garvin

                    Some clarification may be helpful here...

                     

                    WSUS Target Groups can be nested, e.g.

                     

                    All Apps - Dev

                         App1 - Dev

                         App2 - Dev

                         App3 - Dev

                     

                    Patch Manager Computer Groups cannot be nested; there is no heirarchical capability, just a flat list of computer groups.

                    You can still create the four groups, as above, and you can place all of the computers from each of the three subgroups into the All Apps-Dev group, but within Patch Manager, they'll be seen as for independent groups, lacking the heirarchical relationship that exists with WSUS Target Groups.