Manage Groups

CA UIM creates several groups to get you started. You can monitor your cloud accounts and your on-premises devices using these groups. You can create more groups to organize the devices in your environment for the following reasons:
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CA UIM creates several groups to get you started. You can monitor your cloud accounts and your on-premises devices using these groups. You can create more groups to organize the devices in your environment for the following reasons:
  •  
    More meaningful alarms and dashboards
     - You can group your devices with similar monitoring requirements to view metrics and alarms data for specific situations.
  •  
    Easier navigation
     - By creating groups that are meaningful to your organization, it can be easier for users to navigate to desired devices.
  •  
    Easier to determine monitoring profiles
     - You might find it easier to troubleshoot issues when group profiles are applied to devices in a group.
  •  
    View dashboards
     that generate information about all of the members in each group.
  •  
    Apply the same monitoring settings
     to all the devices in the group.
The following are the different types of groups in Operator Console:
  •  
    Container
    : Container groups contain other groups (sub-groups). For example, the default group Operating System is a container group with UNIX and Windows as the sub-groups. 
  •  
    Static
    : Static groups contain a specified list of devices. Once you specify the list of devices that are members of the group, the membership does not change unless you manually add or remove devices.
  •  
    Dynamic
    : Dynamic groups contain devices that meet a specified set of criteria. Dynamic groups, such as the Windows and Linux groups, are created automatically based on the OS Type or monitoring technology (for example, VMware or AWS). In addition, you can create your own dynamic groups and can define a filter to add the devices that match the filter to your group. The membership of dynamic groups is updated automatically on a configurable interval. Typically, you create a dynamic group when you want to monitor specific devices that are discovered after a device discovery. For example, you want to monitor all database servers that belong to a specific region. For this, you can create a dynamic group for the region and configure the group to accept only the database servers that are discovered during the device discovery. After the devices are discovered, those that match the dynamic group criteria get added to it. 
We recommend that you add a device to only one group for MCS grouping. Always implement non-overlapping management privileges for any element that is managed through CA UIM. All users who can create monitoring profiles for computer systems or elements must be able to see the element, the actual profile, and any potential group profiles. This avoids situations where multiple users can unknowingly apply conflicting configuration profiles to the same device.
 If you are logged in to Operator Console with the Operator role, you can view groups and devices in groups. However, you cannot add, delete, or rename groups, or add and remove devices from groups.
 
 
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How Do I Add a Group?
You can add a container, dynamic, or static group in the 
Groups
 ( Groups View Icon ) view. 
Container Groups
Container groups contain other groups (sub-groups).
 
Follow these steps:
 
  1. Access the Groups ( ic_groups.png ) view.
  2. Select 
    Action Menu
     ( Inline menu.png ) in the upper right, and then select 
    Add group
    .
  3. Enter a unique name for the container group.
  4. Select the 
    Additional groups 
    option.
  5. Click 
    Add
     to create the container group.
    The container group is created. At this stage, the container group does not contain any sub-groups. You can add another container group, dynamic group, or static group to this container group based on your requirements. For dynamic and static groups, see the relevant sections in this article.
Dynamic Groups
Create a dynamic group when you want to dynamically add any device that matches the filter criteria to the group.
 
Follow these steps:
 
  1. Access the Groups ( ic_groups.png ) view.
  2. Select 
    Action Menu
     ( Inline menu.png ) in the upper right, and then select 
    Add group
    .
  3. Enter a unique name for the group.
  4. Select the 
    Dynamic Group
     option.
     The option to create additional groups is not available while creating dynamic groups.
  5. Click 
    Add
    .
  6. Define the dynamic group details:
    1. Choose a parent group that contains all the related groups. The dynamic groups that you create gets added to the parent group that you select.
    2. Define the filter criteria and then click 
      Find Devices
       to view the devices that match the criteria. For more information about using various filter options, see Example: Dynamic Group Creation.
       Selecting the advanced filter criteria allows you to select system or technology-specific options. For example, you can filter based on kernel version, storage capacity, or criteria specific to monitoring technologies. The filter criteria that you can view in the drop-down depends on the technologies that are monitoring the environment.
    3. Click 
      Save
      .
      The dynamic group is created and the devices that match the criteria are added to the group. Subsequently, any devices that are added/discovered and match the filter criteria get added to the group.
  7. Verify that the dynamic group appears in the parent group.
The following screenshot shows a dynamic group (Dynamic_Group):
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Example: Dynamic Group Creation
The example screenshot shows how you can create a dynamic group using the following filter criteria:
  • Filter all devices that have Windows operating system AND are robots.
    OR
  • Filter all devices based on the advanced filter criteria: OSDescription of the virtual machine is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (64-bit).
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Static Groups
A static group is the one where you manually add devices after creating the group.
 
Follow these steps:
 
  1. Access the 
    Groups
    ( Groups View Icon ) view.
  2. Click 
    Action Menu
     ( Action Menu Icon ) menu in the upper right, and then select 
    Add group
    .
  3. Enter a unique name for the group.
  4. Select the 
    Devices 
    option.
  5. Click
     Add
    .
    The static group is created. At this stage, the static group does not have any device added to it. You must manually add the devices.
  6. Click 
    Action Menu 
    ( Action Menu Icon ) in the upper right, and then select the option to add devices to the group.
 After you create a static group and add devices, the membership does not change unless you manually add or remove devices.
How Do I Add a Device to a Group?
You can add devices to groups you create. We recommend adding a device to only one group.
 
Follow these steps:
 
  1. Click
     Groups
     ( Groups Icon ) in the left navigation.
  2. Navigate to the desired group. If you have container groups, drill down to a group.
     You cannot add devices to container groups (for example, the Operating Systems group) or automatically created groups such as the Windows group.
  3. Click 
    Action Menu 
    ( Action Menu Icon ), and then select 
    Add device(s) to group
    .
    The 
    Add device(s) to group
     option is not available when you are attempting to add a device to a container group or an automatically created group.
  4. Select the devices that you want to add to the selected group.
  5. Click 
    Add
     at the bottom right to add the devices that are selected on the current page.
Can I Rename a Group?
You can rename a group at any level. However, ensure that all group names at the same level are unique.
 
Follow these steps:
 
  1. Click 
    Groups
     ( Groups Icon ).
  2. Navigate to the group that you want to rename.
  3. Click 
    Action Menu 
    ( Action Menu Icon ), and then 
    Rename group
    .
  4. Enter a unique group name, and then click 
    Save
    .
Can I Delete a Group?
Deleting a group deletes the group, but not the devices in the group. The devices that were members of a deleted group remain in your inventory and as members of other groups.
 
Follow these steps:
 
  1. Click 
    Groups
     ( Groups Icon ).
  2. Navigate to the group that you want to delete.
  3. Click 
    Action Menu 
    ( Action Menu Icon ), then 
    Delete group
    .
  4. Click 
    Delete
    .
Can I Add and Remove Devices From a Group?
You can add and remove devices from a static group, but not from a dynamic group. When you remove a device from a group, the device remains in the system and as a member of other groups, if applicable.
 If you are logged in to Operator Console with the Operator credentials, you cannot add and remove devices from a group.
 
Follow these steps:
 
  1. Click 
    Groups
     ( Groups Icon ).
  2. Navigate to the group that you want to modify its members.
  3. (Add) To add a device to a group, complete the following steps.
    1. Click 
      Action Menu 
      ( Action Menu Icon ).
    2. Select 
      Add device(s) to Group
      .
    3. On the 
      Add Device(s)
       dialog, select the options for the devices that you want to add to a group.
      Enter the first few numbers or letters to search for a device by name, IP address, role, OS type, OS name, or OS version.
    4. Click 
      Add
       to add the devices selected on the displayed page.
       You can add devices one page at a time. If you select a device on page 1 and then move to page 2, the option for the device selected on page 1 is cleared.
  4. (Remove) To remove a device from a group, complete the following steps.
    1. Select the check boxes for the devices that you want to remove from a group.
    2. Click 
      Action Menu 
      ( Action Menu Icon ), and then select 
      Remove device(s) from Group
      .
    3. When the confirmation dialog appears, click 
      Remove
      .
The displayed list of group members is updated with your changes.
Can I Generate Reports for a Group?
From the Dashboards ( Dashboards View Icon ) view, select a monitoring tile. Click 
Export
 ( Export Icon ) and then select the desired format.
 Pop-ups need to be enabled to export generated reports.
Is There a Way to Look at the Devices Generating Alarms?
From the 
Groups 
( Groups View Icon ) view, you can quickly assess which groups need your attention by looking at the number of alarms that are displayed on each group card. Click 
Information
 ( Information Icon ) on a card, and then click the 
Devices by Alarm
 tab. The devices in the group generating alarms, and the number of generated alarms are listed.
Group Examples
This section provides some examples of grouping structures that you can use for your devices.
Grouping by Device Type
This grouping example shows a container group (e-Commerce) with three subgroups that contain different types of servers. You could use this grouping structure if you want to look at metrics and alarms for the different types of servers in your environment.
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Grouping by Region
This grouping example shows two levels of container groups. Level 1 is the Americas container group. Level 2 container groups are North America and South America. The level 3 subgroups contain devices that are located in different cities.
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region group