Windows Intune Groups
Updated: December 17, 2012
Applies To: Windows Intune
Windows Intune Groups
Windows Intune provides you with a great deal of flexibility for managing your devices and users by organizing them into groups. You can organize groups in the way that best suits your organizational needs (for example, by geographic location, department, or hardware characteristics). A device or a user can belong to more than one group.
Groups in Windows Intune can now have dynamic membership queries or rules, static membership, or mixed membership. When you create a dynamic membership query, you define the criteria that determines the query that Windows Intune runs to retrieve the list of group members. The group is automatically updated with members that meet the criteria whenever changes occur. You can also create groups that have static membership lists. These are groups that you manually define by explicitly adding members. For detailed information about creating and managing device and user groups, see Device and User Group Considerations in Windows Intune.
To create and manage device and user groups, you use the Groups workspace in the Windows Intune administrator console. The Groups Overview page contains status summaries for Windows Intune Alerts, Updates in the Windows Intune Administrator Console, Endpoint Protection in Windows Intune, Windows Intune Policy, and Software Management in the Windows Intune Administrator Console that let you quickly identify and prioritize issues that require your immediate attention. Windows Intune provides a hierarchical view of user and device groups so that you can view status summaries for a specific group, and then identify and resolve problems for direct members of the group.
On the Groups Overview page, the View Hardware Reports task lets you specify report criteria such as device groups, operating systems, manufacturers, models, and chassis type, to view the hardware that is installed on computers in your organization that meet the report criteria. For more information about this report, see Create a Windows Intune Computer Inventory Report.