Manually populating device groups

Static groups are populated manually. The following tasks help you manage manually populated device groups.

To add device to a device group

  1. Select Device Groups in the left window pane.
  2. Select the parent device group from the right window pane.
  3. Select Edit> Add Device .
    The Select a Device dialog box appears.
  4. Select the device to be added to the parent device group.
  5. Click OK to confirm.
    The parent device group now contains the device selected in step 4.

To add one device group to another device group

In BMC Client Management, one device group can comprise other device groups.

  1. Select Device Groups in the left window pane.
  2. Select the parent device group from the right window pane.
  3. Select Edit> Add Device Group .
    The Select a Device Group dialog box appears.
  4. Select the device group to be added to the parent device group.
  5. Click OK to confirm.
    The parent device group now contains the device group selected in step 4.

To import devices from a CSV file

The .CSV file must have the following format:

DeviceName,NetworkName,NetworkMask,UserName,DeviceType,OperatingSystemName,NetbiosName,DomainName,IPAddress,MACAddress,AssetTag,Notes MyDevice1,MyDevice1.com,255.255.255.0,"James Kirk",... MyDevice2,MyDevice2.com,255.255.255.0,"First Spy",...

The following rules apply for format of the file content:

  • The first line (Header) must list all attributes for the devices that are listed in the file. It is not necessary that all attributes are present.
  • The first value must be the DeviceName, the remaining columns can be placed in a different order.
  • The number of attributes listed in the Header line must match the number of values in the following lines per device. If the numbers do not match, the import will stop at the first error.
  • Double-quotes are accepted and recommended for each cell.
  • Only the comma is accepted as separator character, do not add spaces.
  • If the DeviceType is to be localized in the CM console it must be one of the following values:
    VoIP adapter, VoIP phone, WAP, firewall, broadband router, storage-misc, bridge, print server, specialized, PBX, webcam, power-device, media device, phone, remote management, telecom-misc, proxy server, security-misc, terminal, load balancer, printer, PDA, game console, general purpose, router, switch, server.

Device lists in the form of .csv files can be directly imported into the CM database with all their provided information. This way you can create new devices in the database and update existing devices with new values.

To import the devices listed in a .csv file:

  1. Select Device Groups from the left window pane.
  2. Select the group in the left window pane to which devices are to be added.
  3. Select Edit > Import Devices from CSV File .
    The Open dialog box appears on the screen.
  4. Browse to the desired .csv file and select it.
  5. Click Open to open the list.
    The Select Devices from the List dialog box appears on the screen.
  6. Select the device from the list to be added to the group.
    You can select all devices in the list by clicking Select All. 

  7. Check the Create not Existing Devices box if the list contains devices which are not yet in the CM database and which are to be created.
  8. Click OK to confirm.
    Not existing devices are added to the CM database.

If changes on existing devices were made, the Import a CSV File dialog box appears on the screen with options to save the import results as a .xml file via the respective icon .

If operational rules are assigned to the device group you are adding the imported devices to and the respective system variable is activated, a confirmation window appears.

To remove devices or device subgroups from a device group

Members can only be manually removed from a device group if the group is not assigned to a directory server or a query, or if the query is inactive.

  1. Select Device Groups in the left window pane.
  2. Select the object(s) to be removed.
    You can select multiple objects by either pressing the CTRL-key and selecting the desired objects, or by selecting the first object, pressing and holding the Shift-key, then selecting the last object.

  3. Select Edit > Remove .
    Confirmation dialog box appears.
  4. Click OK to confirm the removal.
    The selected objects were removed.
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