Collections

Collections are basically (smart) groups for your devices.
They allow you to statically add devices to a collection or to do this dynamically based on certain criteria.
This feature comes in handy when you want to manage device as a group, for example when you want to run a certain action on all devices that run the Windows 10 operating system.

Add new Collection

When you want to add a new collection, you choose 'Add' from the menu.
There are two different types of collections that can be created.

Static Collections

Static collections are groups of devices where you manually define the members of the group.

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The initial pop-up window for creating a new static collection

Choose the 'Static' collection type and click on 'Next' to continue.

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The details pane for creating a static collection

Property Description
Name The friendly name for this collection.
Description An optional description for this collection.

Enter the required data and click on 'Next' to display the summary screen.

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The summary screen for your collection that is to be created

Tick the box and click on 'Finish' to create the collection and edit it.

Edit Static Collection

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The details of your collection

Packages associated to Static Collections

On the 'Packages' tab, you can view a list of all packages that are associated with this collection.

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The associated packages of this collection. Default will be an empty list

Adding members to a Static Collection

To add members to your Static Collection, you click on the 'Members' tab while editting your collection.

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The member list of your collection

Through the search bar above this list, you can quickly add devices to this collection.

Dynamic Collections

Dynamic collections are groups of devices which have dynamic membership based on certain filters that are set.

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The initial pop-up window for creating a new dynamic collection

Choose the 'Dynamic' collection type and click on 'Next' to continue.

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The details pane for creating a dynamic collection

There are a few options to enter:

Property Description
Name The friendly name for this collection.
Description An optional description for this collection.
Scheduled Tick this box to enable scheduled synchronization of the dynamic members.
Real-time Tick this box to enable Real-time synchronization of the dynamic members.

Enter the required data and click on 'Next' to display the summary screen.

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The summary screen for your collection that is to be created

Tick the box and click on 'Finish' to create the collection and edit it.

Edit Dynamic Collection

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The details of your collection

Filters for Dynamic Collections

Setting filters makes the dynamic collection very powerful.
Defining the right filters can alleviate a lot of manual work and makes managing a large network of devices simple and efficient.

Note

For more in depth information about the usable filters, see the Collection Filters documentation.

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An example of filters

In the above filter setup, we utilized two filter groups that are combined using the 'AND' operator. Meaning, there has to be a match in every filter set that we specified for the device to be included in this collection. The 'Operator' box on top states that the filters within each set are combined using the 'OR' operator, meaning that if we define multiple filters in one filter set, only one of them has to match for the filter to pass.

The example we've shown above will include all devices that run an agent with a version higher than '1.0.0.0' and are running on the Windows platform.

Packages associated to a Dynamic Collection

On the 'Packages' tab, you can view a list of all packages that are associated with this collection.

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The associated packages of this collection. Default will be an empty list

Viewing members in a Dynamic Collection

To view the members of your Dynamic Collection, you click on the 'Members' tab while editting your collection.

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The member list of your collection

Unlike the Static Collection, the Dynamic Collection doesn't allow you to manually change membership. This is because that is the responsibility of the filters you defined. This list shows which devices are dynamically determined to be part of your collection.