Virtual Endpoint Groups

To enable you to easily apply policy, agent action, and agent settings rules to groups of endpoints, you can define virtual groups from the ESM Console. Virtual groups enable you to group endpoints based on static characteristics such as hostname or unique ID; or dynamic characteristics such as a full or partial domain or workgroup, or an IP address, range, or subnet. You can also add existing groups to a static virtual group to create a nested virtual group of endpoints.
In addition to using virtual groups in policy, you can also search agent logs in the ESM Console by virtual group.
To create a new virtual group:
  1. Select
    Settings
    Agent
    Virtual Groups
    .
    For each virtual group you define, the ESM Console displays the unique
    ID
    ,
    Modification Date
    ,
    Name
    and
    Description
    , group membership
    Type
    (
    Dynamic
    or
    Static
    ), and a listing of the number of workstations, servers, and groups the virtual group
    Contains
    .
  2. Click the action menu and then
    Add
    a new group.
  3. Select the
    Virtual Group type
    and specify the membership characteristics:
    • Static
      —Membership based on existing endpoints (by hostname) or nested endpoint groups (static or dynamic).
    • Dynamic
      —Membership based on endpoint characteristics—such as domain, IPv4 or IPv6 address, range, or subnet.
      To specify a domain as a criteria for membership, enter a full or partial domain. The domain can optionally include the
      *
      wildcard to match any set of characters or the
      ?
      wildcard to match a single character.
  4. Enter a
    Name
    and
    Description
    to identify and describe the group.
  5. Define the membership criteria for the Virtual Group type you selected.
    For example:
    Static Group
    Dynamic Group
  6. Save
    your group.
  7. After you create your group, you can:
    • Use the virtual group to reduce the scope of a policy, agent settings, or agent action rule. To apply a policy to a virtual group specify the group name in the
      Existing Groups
      field on the
      Target Objects
      tab of the rule.
    • Add an endpoint to an existing virtual group. From the
      Monitor
      Agent
      Health
      page, optionally use the filters to reduce the number of results. Then select the endpoints you want to add to the group and—from the actions menu—
      Add to an existing group
      .
    • View the agent health for endpoints belonging to a virtual group. On the
      Monitor
      Agent
      Health
      page, use the
      Virtual Groups
      filter to display only endpoints that match the filter criteria.

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