Create a dynamic computer group for every client. Well, later you will create more groups for other objects too as Domain Controllers, Exchange Servers, etc for each client but Group of Windows-based computers is the must.

Let me refresh your memory; some of the purposes for using groups are:

  • To scope overrides to a specific subset of computers.
  • To scope alert notifications or product connector subscriptions for a specific set of computers.
  • To scope user consoles, so the user role only sees the servers they are responsible for.
  • To scope a set of computers that need to go into a scheduled maintenance mode.
  • To scope application views only to computers that host a given application.
  • To create a rollup health state view of an otherwise unrelated set of computers.
  • To create a set of computers for a report.

Pre-configuration information required:

  • Client’s company name
  • List of client servers’ FQDN and their roles
  • Appropriate rights and permissions (SCOM Administrator)

Process: Please follow these steps to create a dynamic group of computers.

  1. Log on to one of the SCOM management servers
  2. Launch Operations Console
  3. Go to Authoring navigation pane > Groups > Create a New Group
Note: Give the group a name and description
  1. Click New to create new management pack and give the name and description (follow this standard naming convention for MP names)
Click Next and Create to complete the MP creation
  1. Click Next two times
Create Group Wizard
  1. On Dynamic Members page, click Create/Edit Rules ….
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  1. Click Add to build a query
  1. Select DNS Domain Name from the Property drop down list
  1. Select Contains from the Operator drop down list
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  1. Type the Domain name of the customer > Click OK

    Note: If a client has servers in multiple domains or DMZ, add another query in the same window.  
  1. Click Next two times > Click Create
  1. To verify if the group members are being populated or not, right click on the newly created group and select View Group Members …

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