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Create the Computer Groups

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server Update Services

There is a description of why you may want to use this feature, as well as a discussion of limitations and default settings, in the "Using Computer Groups" section in Choose a Type of WSUS Deployment earlier in this guide.

Setting up computer groups is a three-step process:

  1. Specify how to assign computers to computer groups. There are two options: server-side targeting and client-side targeting. With server-side targeting, you manually add each computer to its group. With client-side targeting, you automatically assign the computers by using either Group Policy or registry keys.

  2. Create computer groups.

  3. Move the computers into groups by using whichever method you chose in the first step.

Use the WSUS console to specify whether you are using client-side or server-side targeting.

  1. In the WSUS Administration console, click Options, and then click Computers. In the Computers dialog box, select one of the following options:

    • Use the Update Services console. Select this option if you want to create groups and assign computers through the WSUS console.

    • Use Group Policy or registry settings on client computers. Select this option if you want to create groups and assign computers using Group Policy or by editing registry settings on the client computer.

  2. Click OK to save your settings.

Create computer groups in WSUS. The computer groups must be created on an autonomous WSUS server, whether you use client-side or server-side targeting. Computer groups cannot be created on a replica server or on a remote administration console.

  1. In the WSUS Administration console, click Computers, and then click All Computers.

  2. In the Actions pane, click Add Computer Group.

  3. In the Name box, type a name for your new computer group, and then click OK.

Use WSUS to move computers into groups, or automate this task.

  1. In the WSUS Administration console, click Computers, and then click the computer group of the computer you want to move.

  2. In the list of computers, right-click the computer you want to move, and then click Change Membership in the shortcuts menu.

  3. In the Set Computer Group Membership dialog box, click the computer group or groups to which you want to move the computer, and then click OK.

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