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.

Creating a Smart Device Group

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.

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

  2. Click +Add Group.

  3. Configure the Basics settings in the device group assistant by doing the following:

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

    2. (Optional) Enter a description for the group in the Description field. For example, "Devices used as school kiosks" or "Jamf AP Science Lab Devices".

    3. Select Smart Group for the group type.

  4. Configure the Options settings by doing the following:

    1. (Optional) Enter any text that you want associated with the smart group. This text is displayed in Devices/Device Groups in the description column.

    2. Configure how apps scoped to this device group display in the Jamf Teacher or Jamf School Student app by selecting an option from Show in iOS app.

  5. Click Next.

  6. Configure the Profiles settings by selecting profiles to add to the smart group for automatic or on-demand installation, and then click Next.

  7. Configure the Apps settings by selecting the apps you want to install on devices automatically or on-demand, and then click Next.

  8. Configure the Documents settings by selecting documents from the list for automatic or on-demand installation, and then click Next.

  9. Configure the Members settings by doing the following:

    • To filter 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.

    • 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.

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

  11. Click Finish.

Creating a Static Device Group

Devices must be added manually to a static device group.

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

  2. Click on +Add Group.

  3. Configure the Basics settings in the device group assistant by doing the following:

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

    2. (Optional) Enter a description for the group in the Description field. For example, "Devices used as school kiosks" or "Jamf AP Science Lab Devices".

    3. Select Static Device for the group type.

  4. Configure the Options settings by doing the following:

    1. (Optional) Enter any text that you want associated with the smart group. This text is displayed in Devices/Device Groups in the description column.

    2. Configure how apps scoped to this device group display in the Jamf Teacher or Jamf School Student app by selecting an option from Show in iOS app.

  5. Click Next.

  6. Configure the Profiles settings by selecting profiles to add to the smart group for automatic or on-demand installation, and then click Next.

  7. Configure the Apps settings by selecting the apps you want to install on devices automatically or on-demand, and then click Next.

  8. Configure the Documents settings by selecting documents from the list for automatic or on-demand installation, and then click Next.

  9. Configure the Members setting by clicking Add for the device you want to add to the static group.

  10. Click Finish.

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