Smart Groups

Jamf Pro allows you to create smart groups for managed computers, mobile devices, or users. You can create smart groups based on one or more inventory attributes.

For more information about inventory attributes that you can base smart groups on, see the following sections:

If there is an SMTP server set up in Jamf Pro, you can enable email notifications for the group. This allows email notifications to be sent to Jamf Pro users each time the group membership changes. For information on setting up an SMTP server and enabling email notifications for Jamf Pro 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 Group

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. Click Computers, Devices, or Users at the top of the page.

  3. Click Smart Computer Groups, Smart Device Groups, or Smart User Groups.

  4. Click New images/docs.jamf.com/10.11.0/jamf-pro/administrator-guide/images/download/thumbnails/18795852/Icon_New_Button.png and configure basic settings for the group.

  5. 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/docs.jamf.com/10.11.0/jamf-pro/administrator-guide/images/download/thumbnails/18795852/Icon_Add_Button.png .

    2. Click Choose for the criteria you want to add.

      Note: Only your 30 most frequently used criteria are listed. 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/docs.jamf.com/10.11.0/jamf-pro/administrator-guide/images/download/thumbnails/18795852/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 menus to specify the relationship 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/docs.jamf.com/10.11.0/jamf-pro/administrator-guide/images/download/attachments/18795852/Computer_New_Advanced_Computer_Search.png
  9. (Optional) If you are creating a smart device group, you can configure the group to send remote commands to mobiles devices when the devices become members of that group. For example, the Set Wallpaper remote command can be configured to automatically set the wallpaper on devices when they become members of the smart group. Click the Automated Management tab and configure remote commands to send to devices that are members of the group.

  10. Click Save, and then click View.

Operations in the group take place in the order they are listed (top to bottom).

Group memberships are updated each time the following happens:

  • Computers submit inventory to Jamf Pro and meet or fail to meet the specified criteria.

    Note: Some inventory attributes are updated when computers check in rather than when they submit inventory (e.g., Last Check-in). Smart groups containing criteria based on these attributes update memberships each time computers check in.

  • Mobile devices contact Jamf Pro and meet or fail to meet the specified criteria.

  • User information is edited.

Viewing Smart Group Memberships

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. Click Computers, Devices, or Users at the top of the page.

  3. Click Smart Computer Groups, Smart Device Groups, or Smart User Groups.

  4. Click the smart 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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