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How to View Computers, Devices, and Computer Groups in Essentials

Updated: April 14, 2010

Applies To: System Center Essentials 2010

You can use the following procedures to view default and customized computer groups in System Center Essentials 2010. The list of computer groups is also displayed when setting up software or update deployment. Management Pack computer groups are listed separately from the default and custom computer groups. If you want to manage a Management Pack computer group in the same ways as the default and customized groups, see How to Create a Computer Group in Essentials.

To view the members of a computer group

  1. In the Essentials console, click Computers.

  2. Expand Computer Groups in the Computers pane.

  3. Select one of the default computer groups—for example, All Computers, All Clients, or All Servers—or alternatively, select any computer group that you created. Each group name is followed by an indicator of the number of members in the group.

  4. In the Views pane, view the list of members of the selected computer group.

    If the status of a managed computer in the list appears dimmed, it is because the agent on the managed computer is unable to contact the management server.

To view Management Pack computer groups

  1. In the Essentials console, click Monitoring.

  2. Expand Overview in the Monitoring Configuration navigation pane.

  3. Expand any Management Pack to view its specific computer groups.

How to filter the list of managed computers

  1. When viewing the list of managed computers in the Results pane, in the Look For box, type a text string and click Find Now. The list then displays only the managed computers with names that contain your text string.

  2. Click Clear to turn off the filter and display the complete list of managed computers.

To view managed devices

  1. In the Essentials console, click Administration.

  2. Expand Administration and Device Management in the Administration navigation pane.

  3. Select Network Devices.

  4. All discovered network devices are displayed in the Views pane.

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