Organizing patch catalog content using smart groups

Smart groups are a dynamic means of organizing content within the patch catalog according to user-defined criteria. These criteria are used to filter content both during initial creation and later, as new payloads are added to the catalog.

This topic includes the following sections:

Out-of-the-box smart groups for patch management

A newly created patch catalog automatically has the following, out-of-the-box, smart groups predefined:

For this platform

The following smart groups are defined

Microsoft Windows

Bulletins, Hotfixes, and Irrelevant Patches

For more information on how to exclude smart groups from a Patch Catalog of a Windows servers, see Managing patches through the analysis results view.


Patches, Clusters, and Irrelevant Patches


Filesets and Irrelevant Patches. A third smart group, determined by the type of filter defined for the patch catalog, is one of the following:

  • Technology Level
  • Service Packs
  • APARs
  • PTFs
  • Critical Fixes Package
  • Security Fixes Package
  • Latest Fixes Package

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Erratas, RPMs, and Irrelevant Patches

SUSE Linux Enterprise

RPMs and Irrelevant Patches

Oracle Enterprise Linux

RPMs and Irrelevant Patches

UbuntuPatches and Irrelevant Patches

All patches added to your catalog appear in one of these groups. You can create others as needed; for example, a smart group could contain all critical patches.

Viewing the contents of a smart group

Smart groups appear as part of the hierarchical tree in the patch catalog. If you expand the smart group, you can view the contents in the left pane. For any patch in the smart group, you can right-click and select Open to view properties of a particular patch as well as any associated patches.

Where to go from here

Performing patch analysis

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