Managing groups of computers

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Managing groups of computers

You organize computers with similar security needs into groups. For example, you might organize the computers in your accounting department into the Accounting group. The group structure that you define often matches the structure of your organization.

Once you have organized your computers into logical groups, you can more easily manage your security policies.

The Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager console contains the following default groups:

  • The My Company group is the top-level, or parent, group. It contains a flat tree of child groups. The child group structure matches the organizational structure of your company.

  • The Laptops and Desktops child group contains portable computers and desktop computers.

  • The Servers group contains the computers that run a supported Windows Server operating system.

You can place your client computers in the Laptops and Desktops group, the Servers group, or a group that you defined.

You cannot rename or delete the default groups.

Table: Group management tasks describes the actions that you can perform when you manage your groups of computers.

Table: Group management tasks



Add a group

You can add new groups in the console. The newly created groups are listed as child groups under the My Company parent group.

See Adding a group.

See How you can structure groups.

You may want to consider creating groups for portable computers.

See Best practices for managing portable computers.

Block a computer from a group

You can block a client computer from being added to a group.

You should block a client if you do not want clients to be added automatically to a specific group when they connect to the network. The blocking option prevents computers from automatically being added to a group.

See Blocking client computers from being added to groups.

Move a computer

If computers are not in the correct group, you can move them to another group.

See Moving a client computer to another group.

See Performing the tasks that are common to all policies.

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