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Computer Groups

 

Topic Last Modified: 2008-02-12

When you import the Microsoft Forefront Server Security Management Pack for MOM 2005, it creates computer groups based on the systems being monitored. They are directly associated with the included rules, which are deployed on a computer group level to monitor agent systems.

The MOM agents that you deployed examine a server’s registry to see if Forefront Security for Exchange Server or Forefront Security for SharePoint is installed. If so, that server is added to the appropriate MOM computer group, based on the services found to be running when the attribute discovery task is run.

These are the computer groups created for Forefront Security for Exchange Server systems:

  • Forefront Security for Exchange Server - All Servers (every server running Forefront Security for Exchange is added into this group as well as into one of the others)

  • Forefront Security for Exchange Server - Hub Transport

  • Forefront Security for Exchange Server - Mailbox/Public Folders

  • Forefront Security for Exchange Server - Edge Transport

  • Forefront Security for Exchange Server - Hub Transport/Mailbox/Public Folders

This is the computer group created for Forefront Security for SharePoint systems:

  • Forefront Security for SharePoint

There are several custom computer attributes within MOM. The Attribute Discovery task checks the registry value on an agent system to determine if Forefront Security for Exchange Server or Forefront Security for SharePoint is installed. If so, the attribute helps to determine the computer group that the agent system becomes a member of.

The computer attributes for Forefront Security for Exchange Server systems are:

  • Forefront for Exchange Registry Key

  • Forefront for Exchange 32bit Registry Key

  • Exchange Hub Transport Registry Key

  • Exchange Edge Transport Registry Key

  • Exchange Mailbox Registry Key

The computer attributes for Forefront Security for SharePoint systems are:

  • Forefront for SharePoint Registry Key

  • Forefront for SharePoint 32bit Registry Key

The following list shows the specifics of each of the Forefront Security for Exchange Server computer attributes.

Forefront for Exchange Registry Key

 

Attribute Type

Registry Key

Registry Path

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Forefront Server Security\Exchange Server\DatabasePath

Function

Detects 32-bit agent systems running Forefront Security for Exchange Server

Forefront for Exchange 32 bit Registry Key

 

Attribute Type

Registry Key

Registry Path

HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Forefront Server Security\ Exchange Server\DatabasePath

Function

Detects 64-bit systems running 32-bit Forefront Security for Exchange Server

Exchange Hub Transport Registry Key

 

Attribute Type

Registry Key

Registry Path

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Exchange\v8.0\HubTransportRole

Function

Detects 64-bit agent systems with an Exchange hub transport server role

Exchange Edge Transport Registry Key

 

Attribute Type

Registry Key

Registry Path

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Exchange\v8.0\EdgeTransportRole

Function

Detects 64-bit agent systems with an Exchange edge transport server role

Exchange Mailbox Registry Key

 

Attribute Type

Registry Key

Registry Path

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Exchange\v8.0\MailboxRole

Function

Detects 64-bit agent systems with an Exchange mailbox server role

The following list shows the specifics of each of the Forefront Security for SharePoint computer attributes.

Forefront for SharePoint Registry Key

 

Attribute Type

Registry Key

Registry Path

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Forefront Server Security\SharePoint\DatabasePath

Function

Detects 32-bit agent systems running Forefront Security for SharePoint

Forefront for SharePoint 32 bit Registry Key

 

Attribute Type

Registry Key

Registry Path

HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Forefront Server Security\ SharePoint\DatabasePath

Function

Detects 64-bit systems running 32-bit Forefront Security for SharePoint

For more details on Attribute Discovery, see Establishing Group Membership.

The following procedure shows the agent systems that are included in a computer group.

To find out which computers (agent systems) are included in a computer group
  1. Right-click one of the groups (for example the Forefront for Exchange Server - Hub Transport group). A shortcut menu appears.

  2. Select Properties from the shortcut menu.

  3. Select the Included Computers tab.

 
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