In this topic, you’ll learn the basics you need to know before start working with groups in upKeeper.
What is a group?
A group in upKeeper is a way to gather computers so they are easier to manage, instead of managing single computers you manage groups and get your work multiplied by the number of computers included in the group. Groups can represent computers used by the same type users that have the same requirements, computers in the same location or belonging to the same department. Groups can added, changed and deleted as you continue to develop your environment and only your imagination sets the limit.
You can add applications and tasks to groups and members of the group will inherit applications and tasks, if a computers is removed from the group all inherited applications and tasks will be removed from the computer.
Groups can be set to handle computers manually or dynamic. A dynamic group will change computers contained in the group dependent on computer properties like network subnet. ???When applications are added to a dynamic group, group members will get applications and if requirement is not fulfilled and computers are removed the applications will be uninstalled. ???
Sometimes you find a number of computers that could form a group but there are one or a few computers that shouldn’t get some of the applications inherited from the group. In that case you can deny specific applications on specific computers. This is a more efficient way to manage that build smaller groups or manage single computers.