Client Computer Groups - Smart Client Groups Using Automatic Association

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Overview

A smart client computer group is a set of user-defined rules. Based on these rules, existing or new client computers are automatically added to the smart client computer group. Clients are also automatically removed from a smart client computer group if they no longer meet the criteria defined in the rules.

By default, the following smart client computer groups are available:
  • Laptop Clients includes all clients that are laptops
  • MediaAgents Group includes all MediaAgents

Important: The creator of the smart client computer group must have the Agent Management capability on the client computers that will be automatically added to the smart client computer group. If the creator does not have permission on a client, it will not be added to the smart client group even if it meets the criteria defined in the rules. The User Management capability is also required if user groups are associated with the client computer group. For information on client computer group capabilities, see Capabilities and Permitted Actions by Feature: Client Computer Group.

Creating a Smart Client Computer Group

Smart client computer groups are created using predefined rules.

The following procedure creates a smart client computer group where the following types of clients will be automatically added:

  • DB2 agents
  • Oracle agents
  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click Client Computer Groups and then click New Group.

    The Create New Client Group dialog box appears.

  2. In the Group Name box, type a name for the group, and in the Description box, type a brief description.
  3. Select the Automatic Association check box.
  4. In the Rule Group section, click Add Rule Group and add a rule for each agent:
    • Select Agents Installed, any in selection, and DB2.
    • Select Agents Installed, any in selection, and Oracle.
  5. From the Match list, click Any.
  6. Click the Preview button to view the list of clients that will be added to the group using the rules you created.
  7. In the Preview Results dialog box, click Close.
  8. Click OK to create the smart client computer group.
  9. View the newly created client computer group under the Client Computer Groups node.

    Refresh the newly created client computer group to see the list of clients that satisfies your rules. To refresh, right-click the client_computer_group and then click All Tasks > Refresh.

Rules Used in Automatic Association

The following section explains the rules that can be used while creating a Smart Client Computer Group as well as real-world examples describing why and how to specify the condition and build the rule. You can use a combination of the following rules and customize your Smart Client Computer Group definition.

Rules Description Examples
Agents Installed Use this rule to group client computers with a specific set of agents. Use the following steps to display a list of computers with Oracle and Windows File System iDataAgent.
  • In the Rule Group section, click Agents installed, equal to and then from the All Agents list, expand Protected Files. Click Windows File System.
  • Click the plus + button to add another rule.
  • In the Rule Group section, click Agents installed, equal to and then from the All Agents list, click Oracle.
Associated Client Group Use this rule to associate existing client computer groups to another client computer group. To group a sales client group and an engineering client group into a single admin group, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section:
    • Click Associated client group, equal to and then click Engineering group.
    • Click the plus + button.
    • Click Associated client group, equal to and then click Sales group.
  • From the Match list, click any.
Associated Library Name Use this rule to group client computers that use the same storage library. To group all client computers with subclients that use the same storage library, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click Associated library name, is and then type the name of the library.
Client 1Touch Enabled

Use this to group 1-Touch enabled client computers.

To group 1-Touch enabled client computers, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click Client, equal to and then select 1 Touch Enabled.
Laptop Client

Use this to group all clients which are laptops.

To group clients which are laptops, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click Client, equal to and then click Laptop Client.
Licensed

Use this rule to create a group for one of the following:

  • Clients with agents that consume a license.
  • Clients with agents that do not consume a license, for example, restore only clients and virtual machines.
To group client computers that do not consume a license, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click Client, not equal to and then click Licensed.
MediaAgent

Use this to group all clients which have a MediaAgent installed.

To group all MediaAgents, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click Client, equal to and then click MediaAgent.
Virtual (Cluster Node)

Use this to group Virtual clients of the Cluster.

To group all Virtual clients of the cluster, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click Client, equal to and then click Virtual (Cluster Node).
Virtual (VSA Discovered)

Use the following steps to group all virtual machines which have the Virtual Server iDataAgent.

The clients will not be displayed until the User Preference is configured to show Virtual Server Discovered clients.

To group all virtual machines which have the Virtual Server iDataAgent, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click Client, equal to and then click Virtual.
Client offline (days) Use this rule to group client computers that are offline the number of days defined by the user. To group client computers that are offline for three days, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click Client offline (days), equal to and then enter 3.
Client Version Use this rule to group client computers from a specific SnapProtect version. To group all 8.0 version client computers, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click Client Version and then click 8.0.

Similarly, to group all 9 or 10 version client computers, select 9.0 or 10 from the list.

External group as client owner Use this rule to group client computers that have specific external user groups in the User Groups box on the Security tab of the Client Computer Properties dialog box. To display the list of client computers that have the "EngAdmin" user group as the client owner, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click External group as client owner, contains and then enter EngAdmin.
Hostname Use this rule to group client computers with a specific host name. To display the list of client computers that contains "mydomain.mycompany.com" in the hostname, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click Hostname, contains and then enter mydomain.mycompany.com.
Local user group as client owner Use this rule to group client computers that have specific local user groups in the User Groups box on the Security tab of the Client Computer Properties dialog box. To display the list of client computers that have the "master" user group as the client owner, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click Local user group as client owner, contains and then enter master.
Name Use this rule to group the client computers with a specific name. To display the list of client computers in the sales department that starts with "Sales_", select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click Name, starts with and then enter Sales\_. Note that a backslash is needed before the underscore.
OS Type Use this rule to group the client computers with a specific operating system type, for examples, Windows or Unix. To group all Windows client computers, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click OS Type, equal to and then click Windows.

OS Version Use this rule to group the client computers with a specific operating system version, for example, Windows 2012 R2. To group all Windows 2012 R2 client computers, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click OS Version, is and then click Windows 2012 R2.

Package Installed Use this rule to group client computers with a specific package installed on the client computer. To group all client computers that have Oracle iDataAgent installed, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click Package Installed, equal to and then click Oracle iDataAgent.

Product Version Use this rule to group client computers with a specific SnapProtect package installed on the client computer. To group all client computers that have SnapProtect version 10 Service Pack 6 installed, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click Product Version, is and then enter 10 SP6a.

Subclient Name Use this rule to group client computers with a specific subclient name. To display the list of client computers that have "default" subclients, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click Subclient Name, is and then enter default.
Timezone Use this rule to group client computers with a specific time zone. To group all client computers with the same time zone, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click Timezone, equal to and then click the appropriate time zone.

User as client owner Use this rule to group client computers that have specific users in the Users box on the Security tab of the Client Computer Properties dialog box. To display the list of client computers that have "admin" as the client owner, select the following:
  • In the Rule Group section, click User as client owner, contains and then enter admin.

Wildcards

The _ (underscore) and the % (percent) wildcards are supported when you create a rule that accepts user-typed text. Use the _ (underscore) to represent a single character and the % (percent) to represent multiple characters. If the text contains an underscore or a percent that should not be used as a wildcard, use a \ (backslash) before the character.

Examples

  • Click Name, starts with and then type _w to select clients with "w" as the second letter in the client name.
  • Click Name, starts with and then type %w to select clients with "w" as the last letter in the client name.
  • Click Name, starts with and then type Sales\_ to select clients with "Sales_" at the beginning of the client name.

Previewing Client Group Results

Once you define a rule you can preview the results to see the list of clients that will be included in the Smart Client Computer Group.

Use the following steps to preview the result of smart client computer group.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click Client Computer Groups and then click New Group.
  2. In the Group Name, type a name for your new computer group.
  3. Click Automatic Association option.
  4. From the Rule Group, select the appropriate options.

    For example, to group all "Windows" computers:

    • From the drop-down list, select OS Type, equal to and click Windows.
  5. Click Preview button to view the list of clients that will appear by adding the above rule.
  6. Click Close.
  7. Click OK.