Finding a specific computer

Article:HOWTO63132  |  Created: 2011-12-15  |  Updated: 2011-12-15  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO63132
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Finding a specific computer

You can find a specific computer or group of computers in the Computers view by applying or modifying an existing saved search. You can also create a completely new search to find specific computers.

See About the Computers view

The advanced search feature lets you further narrow the list. You can search by the criteria that are stored in the Configuration Management Database (CMDB). If the information by which you want to search is not displayed in the advanced search list, you can add custom search criteria.

After your search returns results, you can save those results in the Saved Searches subpane if you want to re-use that search. Saved searches are the filters that you can use to target tasks, jobs, and policies.

You can modify a saved search by changing the search criteria and overwriting the existing search. You can also save a variation of a saved search by modifying some criteria and re-saving with a different name. You may also need to manage saved searches, clearing some from view to make the list more manageable. If a search becomes obsolete, you can right-click it and delete it permanently.

The primary tasks that you perform with computer searches are as follows:

To find a specific computer

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu, click Computers.

  2. In the list (center) pane, in the search field, type all or part of a computer name.

    Full name

    Enter the full name of a specific computer or group of computers that you want to find.

    Partial name

    Enter a partial name if you want your search to return all computers that contain a specific text string anywhere in the name. To view all computers with a location prefix such as India, you can enter Ind. The search results display all the computers that contain the string.

    To view a list from which to select a computer, in the left pane click All Computers. This list is the starting point that displays all computers and all saved searches. You can click a computer or a saved search. You can also click a computer view that may list the computer that you want.

    You can use the following saved searches or any other searches that you have saved previously:

    • New Computers. Lists any computer that was discovered in the past five days.

    • Installed Agent. Lists all computers that have Symantec Management Agent installed.

    To use advanced search features, in the list pane click the down-arrow next to the search field. Then select the search criteria that you want to apply. The additional search criteria that appear depend on what you have selected in the navigation pane.

    You can see the date new computers were created, and you can see additional criteria about managed computers. If a computer has the agent installed, you see the Symantec Management Agent symbol on the icon next to the computer in the list pane. If you select the computer, you also see the symbol on the image in the flipbook.

    To select multiple search criteria, continue to click the down-arrow next to the drop-down list where the criteria appear. Select a criterion, and repeat the step to add other criteria. You can use common search operators to refine your search.

  3. If the criteria by which you want to search are not listed in a drop-down list, click Add Custom Criteria.

    See “To create custom search criteria”.

  4. In the list pane, click the name of the computer or group of computers that you want to work with.

    Computer details appear in the content (right) pane.

  5. If you want to re-use this search, in the advanced search area of the list pane click the save icon to save it.

    Any search field without a value in it is ignored in the query. If you save a search with empty fields, those fields are not saved with the query.

    To remove a search criterion, leave the field empty. Any field that does not contain a value is ignored in the query. If you save the search results, the empty fields are not saved with the filter.

  6. In the Save Search dialog box, in the Name field, enter a name and click OK.

    The saved search appears under Saved Searches in the navigation pane and is available for you to re-use.

To create custom search criteria

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu, click Computers.

  2. In the list (center) pane, in the search field, type all or part of a computer name.

  3. To use advanced search features, in the list pane click the down-arrow next to the search field. Then select the search criteria that you want to apply. The additional search criteria that appear depend on what you have selected in the navigation pane.

  4. If the criteria by which you want to search are not listed in the Add Search Criteria drop-down list, in the drop-down list click Add Custom Criteria.

  5. In the Add Custom Criteria dialog box, select the custom criteria by which you want to search.

    This dialog box is populated with Configuration Management Database (CMDB) data and includes the following categories:

    • DataClasses

    • Associations

    • Columns

    You can specify the data classes and columns that you want to use for search criteria. You can also select associations, which add more data classes from which you can select additional search criteria. Selecting columns populates the search criteria in the drop-down list and makes the additional criteria available as part of your search.

  6. Click OK.

  7. In the advanced search area at the top of the list (center) pane, you can use search operators to narrow the results. As you add criteria, the list of computers in the center pane changes to present only those computers that match the search criteria.

    The following general search conditions apply:

    • Quotation marks limit your search to an exact match.

      "Windows XP" = computers running EXACT MATCH Windows XP.

    • Omitting quotation marks allows for matching search text anywhere in a string.

      Microsoft Windows XP = computers running LIKE Windows XP anywhere in the name.

    You can use the following search operators to express various arguments:

    To express this argument:

    Use this symbol:

    Or

    Pipe ( | ) symbol. This operator does not require leading spaces.

    Refer to the following examples:

    • Windows|XP = computers running LIKE Windows OR LIKE XP

    • XP|2000|2003 = computers running LIKE XP OR LIKE 2000 OR LIKE 2003

    And, Add, or Include

    Plus ( + ) sign. This operator does not require a leading space.

    Refer to the following examples:

    • Windows+XP = computers running LIKE Windows AND XP

    • Windows+2008 = computers running LIKE Windows AND 2008

    Not / minus / do not include

    Minus ( - ) sign. This operator requires a leading space. If you insert a minus sign without a leading space, it is not interpreted as an operator.

    As a best practice, begin with the general group within which you want to search, and then insert the exclusion text.

    Refer to the following examples:

    • Windows[space]-XP = computers running Windows NOT LIKE XP

    • Windows Server[space]-2003 = computers running Windows Server NOT LIKE 2003

    The following examples assume that your computers are named with numerals, as in pc-1, pc-12, pc-27, pc-125, pc-218, pc-243, and pc-321.

    • pc-[space]-1 = computers named pc- NOT LIKE 1, 12, 125, 218, 321

    • pc-[space]--1 = computers named pc- NOT LIKE 27, 218, 321

To modify a saved search

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu, click Computers.

  2. In the navigation pane, under Saved Searches, select the saved search that you want to modify.

  3. In the list (center) pane, in the search field, add or delete search criteria.

  4. In the advanced search area of the list pane, click the save option to save the search.

  5. In the Save Search dialog box, enter a name and click OK.

    Select one of the following actions:

    To replace the original saved search with the modified search

    Note that you can only overwrite the searches that you created. You cannot overwrite the default searches in the Saved Searches subpane.

    Save the modified search without changing the name of your original saved search.

    To save the modified search as a variation of the original search

    Give the modified search a unique name.

    The saved search appears under Saved Searches in the navigation pane.

To manage a saved search

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu, click Computers.

  2. Select one of the following actions:

    To prevent a saved search from appearing in the Saved Searches subpane but not delete it

    You can create saved searches and choose not to display them but to use them only as filters.

    Right-click Saved Searches and then click Manage Saved Searches. In the Manage Saved Searches dialog box, uncheck the box next to the search that you do not want to see displayed and click Close.

    The search no longer appears in the Saved Searches subpane but can be restored.

    To display a saved search in the Saved Searches subpane again

    You can create saved searches and display them in the Saved Searches subpane. Saved searches are displayed by default.

    Right-click Saved Searches and then click Manage Saved Searches. In the Manage Saved Searches dialog box, check the box next to the search that you want to see displayed and click Close.

    The search appears in the Saved Searches subpane again.

    To delete a saved search permanently

    In the Saved Searches subpane, right-click the search that you want to delete, and click Delete. In the Delete dialog box, click OK.


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