In addition to Static Groups, Parametric Groups can be very useful. Client stations are dynamically assigned to a certain parametric group when the group's conditions are met. The advantage of parametric groups is the ability to use them in various places, including filters, policies, reports and notifications.
The Parametric Groups main window is composed of four sections. Parametric Groups lists the parent groups and subgroups that have been created. When you have selected a certain group from Parametric Groups, clients that belong to the currently selected group are listed in the Selected Group part.
NOTE: When a parent group is selected, the list contains subgroup members as well.
Parameters set for a selected group are listed in the Parameters section of the window. You can edit or add parameters at any time by clicking the Edit... button.
The Synchronization status part displays a progress bar for the synchronization process.
To create a new group, simply click the Create... button. The new group will be created as a subgroup of the currently selected parent group. If you wish to create a main group, select the root of the hierarchical tree Parametric Groups. The Parent group field contains the name of the parent group for the newly created group (i.e. "/" for the root). Enter name and a short description for the new group. The next step is the creation of Client filter parameters, which can be done by selecting options after pressing the Edit... button. If you enable the Sticky check box, clients will be automatically added to this group when they match the conditions, but will never be removed. The content of a sticky group can be reset manually at the root level.
NOTE: This parameter can only be set when creating a new group.
To edit an existing group, simply select it from the Parametric Groups list and then press the Edit... button in the bottom of the window. For group deletion, select the desired group and press the Delete button.
You can manually refresh the group list by pressing the Refresh button. To import a group from a file select a group in the Parametric Groups section under which you want the new group to be imported and click the Import... button. Confirm your selection by clicking Yes. Locate the file you want to import and click Open. The group (and all of its subgroups) will be imported under the selected location. To export a group (and all of its subgroups) select it in the Parametric Groups section, click the arrow on the Import... button and select Export... Confirm by clicking Yes, select a name and a location for your export file and click Save.
NOTE: You can use your mouse to drag and drop groups already in the Parametric Groups section.