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How to Create Groups in Operations Manager 2007

Updated: May 22, 2009

Applies To: Operations Manager 2007 R2, Operations Manager 2007 SP1

Groups are used in Operations Manager 2007 to delegate authority, scope access to specific areas of the Operations console, and override the default settings of management packs.

To create a group in Operations Manager 2007

  1. Start the Create Group Wizard.

    noteNote
    For information about starting the Create Group Wizard, see How to Start the Create Group Wizard in Operations Manager 2007.

  2. On the Enter the Name and Description for the new Group page, do the following:

    1. Type the Name for the group.

    2. Optionally, type the Description for the group.

    3. Select a Management pack from the list or click New to create a management pack with the Create a Management Pack Wizard.

      noteNote
      In the Create a Management Pack Wizard, only unsealed management packs are listed, because the group will be added to the specified management pack. By default, when you create a management pack object, disable a rule or monitor, or create an override, Operations Manager saves the setting to the Default Management Pack. As a best practice, you should create a separate management pack for each sealed management pack you want to customize, rather than saving your customized settings to the Default Management Pack. For more information, see Default Management Pack.

    4. Click Next.

  3. On the Choose Members from a List page, you can either click Next to not add explicit objects to the group, or click Add/Remove Objects to add explicit objects to the group, for example:

    1. In the Object Selection dialog box, in the Search for list, select an object type, such as Windows Computer.

    2. Optionally, in the Filter by part of the name box, type all or part of the object name, and then click Search.

    3. In the Available items box, select the desired objects, click Add, and then click Next.

  4. On the Create a Membership Formula page, either click Next to not create a dynamic inclusion rule for the group, or click Create/Edit rules to create a dynamic rule that will add objects to the group, for example:

    1. In the Query Builder dialog box, leave the default Windows Computer and then click Add.

    2. In the Property list, select NetBIOS computer name.

    3. In the Operator list, select Contains.

    4. Set Value to part of the name of the computers you want in the group, such as NY or MKTG.

      noteNote
      Click Insert to add an Expression, such as Is Virtual Machine, or group expressions with OR or AND operators. Repeat the preceding steps to add additional object types to the rule.

    5. Click OK, review the Query formula, and then click Next.

  5. On the Choose Optional Subgroups page, either click Next to not add groups to the group, or click Add/Remove Subgroups to add groups, for example.

    1. In the Group Selection dialog box, in Filter by part of name, you can optionally type part or the all of the group's names, and then click Search.

    2. In the Available items text box, select the desired groups, click Add, click OK, and then click Next.

  6. On the Specify Exclude List page, click Finish to not exclude objects from the group, or click Exclude Objects, and then do the following:

    1. In the Object Exclusion dialog box, from the Search for list, select an object type, such as Windows Computer.

    2. Optionally, in the Filter by part of the name box, type all or part of the object name, and then click Search.

    3. In the Available items text box, select the objects you want to exclude, click Add, click OK, and then click Finish.

    noteNote
    It can take approximately one minute to populate the membership of a group.

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