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How to Add or Remove Computers from a Computer Group in Essentials

Updated: April 14, 2010

Applies To: System Center Essentials 2010

Adding and removing computers is a simple process in System Center Essentials 2010. However, the default computer groups (All Windows Computers, All Windows Clients, and All Windows Servers) cannot be changed or removed.

You can change a nondefault computer group by adding or removing computers or changing the criteria defined for a computer group using the following Essentials 2010 console panes:

  • Computers pane. This location provides a quick and easy way to add computers to or remove them from a computer group that you have created. However, you cannot change computer groups based on an existing Management Pack group. Essentials 2010 automatically adds computers to appropriate groups based on defined criteria.

  • Authoring pane. This location provides a robust means to add many more types of available objects to more types of groups, including computer groups. This is the only location from which you can change the members of the default computer groups (All Windows Computers, All Windows Clients, and All Windows Servers) or computer groups based on an existing Management Pack group.

To change the criteria of a computer group in the Computers pane

  1. In the Essentials console, click the Computers button.

  2. In the Computers pane, expand Computer Groups.

  3. Right click a group you created and click Edit Group.

  4. Change the criteria for this computer group based the properties of computer or device you want to add to the group, and then click Create.

Essentials automatically adds new computers and devices that match the selected criteria.

How to add or remove computers from a computer group in the Authoring pane

  1. In the Essentials console, click the Authoring button.

  2. In the Authoring pane, expand Authoring and click Groups.

  3. In the Groups pane, right click a group and click Properties.

  4. Click the Explicit Members tab, and click Add/Remove Objects. This opens the Create Group wizard Object Selection page.

  5. On the Object Selection page, under Search for, select Computer.

  6. Click Search. You can enter any portion of a computer name in Filter by part of name. Wildcards are not supported.

  7. Do either of the following:

    • In Available items, select any computer you want to add and click Add.

    • In Selected objects, select any computer you want to remove and click Remove.

  8. Click OK.

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