Note: This article is relevant only if using JetPatch 4.2.2 and above. If using an earlier version, read this article instead.
Smart Group Management allows you to create and manage groups of endpoints based on logical definitions, such as Operation System, Tags or Hostname. Once the group is defined and new endpoint with the same characteristics is created , it will automatically added to the relevant smart group!
View Smart Groups
By default all endpoints are grouped in a default Smart Group - Unassigned Endpoints. In case WSUS is in use additional groups WSUS Server and WSUS Replicas will be created by default. Default groups can't be removed or edited.
Column Filters presents the filters that are a logical base of the Smart Group, as in the image Operating Systems or Tags.
Create Smart Group
To Create new Smart Group click on Create Smart Group button.
Add group name and description and click on Add Filter button to select a filter for the group.
Example: as in the image above select to add endpoints based on Operating Systems and then select the relevant OSs.
Once the filter has been added the list of all end points that the filter applies to is presented for review.
To finish the group creation process click on Save Smart Group button in the upper right corner of the screen.
Back on the Smart Groups screen the Status column presents the status of the group, during creation process the status is Creating Group, once the group is created the status is changed to Ready.
The group is available for patching once it is in status Ready(only if the option "Support patch activities" was selected for this group).
View and Manage Smart Groups
Once the group has been created it can be Edited or Deleted, but only from point the group creation process has been completed.
Upgrade to Smart Groups
On upgrade to version 4.2.2:
- Computer Groups migration
- New tag is created for every Computer Group defined in the JP system, the tag name format is "[computer group name] group".
- Based on all this Computer groups tags JP system automatically creates new Smart Groups, this way all existing Computer Groups are converted to Smart Groups.
- Existing Intigua Filters migration
- Only the most common filters from the Intigua filters list are available on Jetpatch
- Existing Intigua Smart Groups migration
- All Smart groups that were defined on Intigua are now available in JetPatch, the limitation is that groups that are based on filters that are not available on JP UI are not "supporting patch activities" groups.
Please note that Smart Groups in JetPatch are intended for patching only. While Smart Groups created in JetAgent that include filters not relevant for patching, will still be visible in JetPatch, those Smart Groups cannot be used for patching and will be marked with red X.
While creating a new Smart Group with JetPatch, the user can see interactively which endpoints are currently going to be included in the group. Each time a filter is selected, all the available endpoints are being filtered and presented to the user. If more than one filter is used, the filtering principle is AND, meaning that only endpoints that meet all the filtering criteria will be shown.
In addition, in JetPatch, System > Smart Groups, each Smart Groups has a bar representing the group status. This is especially important for Smart Groups that contain endpoints with Windows OS that are connected to WSUS.
Note: These processes may take time and require synchronization of JetPatch with WSUS. During the sync, each relevant Smart Group shows the appropriate status and if necessary, temporarily prevents any modifications of the Smart Groups until it is fully synchronized with WSUS.
Another feature that was introduced in 4.2.2 is that each Smart Groups not only shows how many endpoints it currently has, but also that number is clickable and leads to the Endpoints > Management page where the user can see all the endpoints participating in the group.