About configuring rules for multiple Group Update Providers

Article:HOWTO80958  |  Created: 2012-10-24  |  Updated: 2014-09-21  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO80958
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About configuring rules for multiple Group Update Providers

Multiple Group Update Providers use rules to determine which client computers act as a Group Update Provider.

Rules are structured as follows:

  • Rule sets

    A rule set includes the rules that a client must match to act as a Group Update Provider.

  • Rules

    Rules can specify IP addresses, host names, Windows client registry keys, or client operating systems. You can include one of each rule type in a rule set.

  • Rule conditions

    A rule specifies a condition that a client must match to act as a Group Update Provider. If a rule specifies a condition with multiple values, the client must match one of the values.

Table: Rule types

Rule type

Description

IP address or host name

This rule specifies client IP addresses or host names.

Registry keys

This rule specifies Windows client registry keys.

Operating system

This rule specifies client operating systems.

Rules are matched based on the logical OR and AND operators as follows:

  • Multiple rule sets are OR'ed.

    A client must match at least one rule set to act as a Group Update Provider.

  • Multiple rules are AND'ed.

    A client must match every rule that is specified in a rule set to act as a Group Update Provider.

  • Multiple values for a rule condition are OR'ed.

    A client must match one of the values in a rule condition to act as a Group Update Provider.

For example, you might create RuleSet 1 that includes an IP address rule with several IP addresses. You then create RuleSet2 that includes a host name rule and an operating system rule each with multiple values. A client computer must match either RuleSet1 or RuleSet2. A client matches RuleSet1 if it has any one of the IP addresses. A client matches RuleSet2 only if it has one of the host names and if it runs one of the specified operating systems.

See Using Group Update Providers to distribute content to clients

See About the types of Group Update Providers

See Configuring Group Update Providers


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