Creating Device Groups

Device groups allow you to organize devices that share similar attributes. You can use these groups to install apps, profiles, and documents using Jamf School. Device groups can be used as the scope of management tasks. There are several ways to configure your device groups. For example, you can create three device groups: one with all students, one with all teachers, and one with all administrators. Also, you can create a device group for each class, grade, or location. It is recommended you create separate device groups for iOS, macOS, and tvOS devices to distribute profiles and apps because they vary based on device.

There are two types of device groups: smart groups and static groups. Smart groups are based on filtered criteria and have dynamic memberships. Static groups have fixed memberships that you manually assign. Group memberships are defined by the scope of the group. Scope is a set of rules, filters, and groups that gives you granular control over which computers and mobile devices receive remote management tasks.

Smart Device Groups

Smart groups allow you to organize devices based on one or more attributes, such as device type, building, model, or operating system. These groups have dynamic memberships that are updated each time devices check in with Jamf School.

Creating a Smart Device Group

  1. In Jamf School, navigate to Devices > Groups.

  2. Click on +Add Group.

  3. Enter a name for the group in the Group Name field.

  4. (Optional) Enter a description for the group in the Description field.

  5. Select Smart Group for the group type and click Add.

  6. Click the Members payload.

  7. To filter group membership by specified criteria, click +Add Filter and do the following:

    1. Choose a rule from the pop-up menu.

    2. Configure the rest of the pop-up menus and fields as needed.

    3. Repeat steps a through c to add filters as needed.

  8. To add a device group or user group to the smart group, click +Add Group and do the following:

    1. Choose a rule from the pop-up menu.

    2. Configure the rest of the pop-up menus and fields as needed.

    3. Repeat steps a through c to add groups as needed.

  9. Select Match all rules or Match one or more rules.

  10. Click Save Scope.

The group membership is displayed in the table below scope.

Static Device Groups

Devices must be added manually to a static device group.

  1. In Jamf School, navigate to Devices > Groups.

  2. Click on +Add Group.

  3. Enter a name for the group in the Group Name field.

  4. (Optional) Enter a description for the group in the Description field.

  5. Select Static Group for the group type.

  6. Click Add.

  7. Click the Members payload.

  8. Click +Add.

  9. Enter the device name or serial number of the devices you want to add to the group in the Device field.

  10. Click Add.

The group membership is displayed in the table below scope.

Note: If you are completing this workflow as part of your initial setup of Jamf School, see Distributing Apps and Books for information on the recommended next steps in the setup workflow.

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