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Screencast: SF Manager - Managing Using Application Groups

Created: 01 Apr 2009 • Updated: 09 Sep 2010 | 3 comments
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This screencast, presented by VR Satish, Distinguished Engineer at Symantec, provides a step-by-step demonstration of  how to use application groups to manage resources in Storage Foundation Manager 2.0.

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Hi Satish,

Thanks for the screencast. I found Application Groups to be a bit hard to understand re things like the base object vs. dependencies, but after watching the screencast that all makes (pretty obvious) sense.

Quick question: is it possible (or *will* it be possible) to create groups that are a bit more dynamic in nature. For example: you Solaris Group was a selection of all CURRENT Solaris machines... it would be nice to have a group set up which is all machines where O/S=Solaris, so that as time goes on and more Solaris hosts are managed by this CMS, the group will dynamically change and apply to all the *current* Solaris hosts.

Cheers,
Tomer 

Senior Principal Technical Education Consultant with Symantec Corporation

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Hi Tomer,

Unfortunately it is not there in SFM 2.1 and we were not planning on adding it too. We actually had a long and hard look before making this decision.

Here is the reason why...

Groups are not only collection of things for reporting/grouping/emulating business service etc. they are also tied intricately to security.

When there is any relation to security, we want the users to be quite explicit about adding something to a group and not automatic. The last thing you want is some person getting admin access to a host just because it happen to have something in common based on the criteria that was used for group creation.

Hope this answers your question.

Satish

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Hi Satish,

That makes perfect sense... it's that trade-off between convenience and security that is always causing problems on one side or the other.
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Cheers,
Toimer 

Senior Principal Technical Education Consultant with Symantec Corporation

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