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Creating your first device rule

Windows Device Management in the BMC Client Management is concerned with peripheral devices and allows you to control the usage of these as well as the connected movement of data, especially all data that leaves the company. This is done by enabling or disabling specific peripheral devices in your network, for example, USB storage, printers, modems, and so on.


The Windows Device Management functionality is, as its name indicates, only applicable to Windows, version 2003 and later.


It is strongly recommended to only create one single rule per peripheral device class. Multiple rules might contradict each other and thus result in not applying the desired rules in the network. It is however possible to have different rules for the different peripheral classes, for example, one rule for all USB storage devices, one rule for all CD/DVD burners, another one for all modems, and so on.


To execute the examples provided in this section we assume that:

  • you have different USB storage devices available.
  • a browser is installed on your master.

Device Management Procedures

The device management procedures explain the different elements of Windows device management and guide you through the generation, monitoring and interpretation of the generated events and data. This is done via the following steps:

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