Smart Computer Groups

Smart computer groups give you a way to organize managed computers based on one or more attributes, such as building, model, and operating system. These groups have dynamic memberships that are updated each time computers check in with the Jamf Software Server (JSS).

If there is an SMTP server set up in the JSS, you can enable email notifications for the group. This allows email notifications to be sent to JSS users each time the group membership changes. (For information on setting up an SMTP server and enabling email notifications for JSS user accounts, see Integrating with an SMTP Server and Email Notifications.)

After creating a smart computer group, you can view its memberships.

Creating a Smart Computer Group

  1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Smart Computer Groups.

  4. Click New images/download/thumbnails/14455033/New_icon.png .

  5. Use the Computer Group pane to configure basic settings for the group.
    To enable email notifications, select the Send email notification on membership change checkbox.

  6. Click the Criteria tab and add criteria to the group:

    1. Click Add images/download/thumbnails/14455033/New_icon.png .

    2. Click Choose for the criteria you want to add.
      To display additional criteria, click Show Advanced Criteria.

    3. Choose an operator from the Operator pop-up menu.

    4. Enter a value in the Value field or browse for a value by clicking Browse images/download/thumbnails/14455033/Browse_icon.png .

    5. Repeat steps a through d to add criteria as needed.
      Note: Creating a smart computer group with no criteria will cause all managed computers to be included in the group's membership.

  7. Choose an operator from the And/Or pop-up menu(s) to specify the relationships between criteria.

  8. To group criteria and join multiple operations, choose parentheses from the pop-up menus around the criteria you want to group.

    images/download/attachments/14455033/Advanced_Computer_Search_Criteria.png
  9. Click Save.
    Operations in the group take place in the order they are listed (top to bottom).
    Group memberships are updated each time computers check in with the JSS and meet or fail to meet the specified criteria.
    To view the group memberships, click View.

Viewing Smart Computer Group Memberships

  1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Smart Computer Groups.

  4. Click the smart computer group you want to view memberships for.

  5. Click View.
    A list of group memberships is displayed.

Related Information

For related information, see the following sections in this guide:

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