6.5 Understanding and Managing Asset Groups

Asset groups allow you to perform the following tasks:

  • Categorize computers

  • Assign policies to the group instead of to each individual computer. When you add a new computer to the group, Change Guardian automatically deploys the policies assigned to the group to the new computer.

To work with asset groups, in the left pane, select NetIQ Change Guardian, and then select Asset Groups. You can choose one of the following views:

  • Asset Groups (default view) displays all asset groups and the computers they contain. To view the members of the group, click the Membership tab.

    Change Guardian supports the following types of asset groups:

    • Default groups match specific platforms. You can view the members of default groups, but you cannot modify or delete the groups.

    • Static groups contain only the assets you manually add to them. To add or remove members, you must manually update the group.

    • Dynamic groups contain all assets that match the filter criteria you specify for the group. You can modify the filter criteria, but you cannot add or remove specific assets manually. Every 30 minutes, Change Guardian refreshes the group membership according to the specified criteria.

  • Assets displays a list of all computers with Change Guardian agents installed. On the Attributes tab, you can view the computer attributes, such as computer name and operating system, and the groups to which the computer belongs. If you have the appropriate permissions, you can use the Membership tab to modify the computer’s membership in static asset groups.

You can filter the assets or asset groups to see only the items that meet certain criteria. Expand Filter Values, and then use any combination of the available conditions. Specify values for the conditions you select, and then click Apply.