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Dynamic Device Groups

Dynamic groups automatically keep changing their member devices based on certain specified conditions. In dynamic grouping, devices move in and out of the group during the periodic group sync, whereas custom groups maintain devices as a fixed list. The sufficiency of minimal manual effort makes dynamic grouping more desirable than manual grouping.

Create Dynamic Device Groups

To create a new Dynamic Device Group,

  1. Log in to your Hexnode MDM portal.
  2. Go to Manage > Device Groups > New Dynamic Group.
  3. Add the Group Name and Description.
  4. Configure the required criteria to create a dynamic device group. The available filters are:
    • Choose Geofences/Location filters: Select one or more locations (fences) already created under Admin > Geofencing to group devices based on their locations. Or, you can use the +Create New Geofences button to add new geofences instantly. The Include filter allows you to enforce policies or restrictions on devices present in the specified regions. On the other hand, the Exclude filter enables you to apply policies to a group of devices, excluding those located in the selected locations.
    • Choose Condition filters: Use the condition filters to specify the criteria required for grouping devices. You can add multiple conditions to filter out the required devices. Any devices satisfying the defined criteria will be automatically added to the corresponding dynamic device group.
    • Add Exceptions: Any conditions mentioned here will exclude the devices satisfying these conditions from the device group.
  5. Click on the Preview button to view the list of devices that matches the criteria.
  6. Click Save group to save the group details.

Use Cases

Listed below are some of the use cases of dynamic device groups.

1. Grouping based on Compliance info

Group devices dynamically based on the device compliance info in Hexnode

Here, all the inactive devices located within San Francisco get grouped. Remedial actions like Disenroll can then be performed on the group to remove all such devices in one go.

2. Grouping based on the device Operating System

Group devices dynamically based on the device operating system in Hexnode

Imagine a scenario in which you want to send a broadcast message or lock all the devices except the ones running Android 8. These condition filters groups all the Android devices not running Android 8, located on all regions excluding Wyoming. A kiosk policy can then be assigned to the group to make sure all such devices remain locked down. Also, you can notify users by sending a broadcast message to the group.

3. Grouping based on the Device Ownership

Group devices dynamically based on the device ownership in Hexnode

Some organizations allow users to bring their own devices (BYOD). In such cases, less-restrictive policies are typically applied to personal devices. Hexnode makes it pretty simple to create a dynamic group with device ownership set to personal, eliminating the need for manually identifying personal devices and then grouping them.

Automate Device Management using Dynamic Device Groups

Hexnode MDM allows you to automate device management by applying auto-sync to the dynamic device groups at regular time intervals.

The auto-sync interval depends upon the pricing plan you have subscribed for:

  1. Pro: auto-syncs every 4 hours.
  2. Enterprise: auto-syncs every 1 hour.
  3. Ultimate: auto-syncs every 15 minutes.
  4. Ultra: auto-syncs every 5 minutes.

Apart from the auto-sync, Hexnode provides options for manual synchronization also.

1. Sync Dynamic Groups

Manually sync dynamic device groups in Hexnode
  1. Go to Manage > Device Groups.
  2. Click Actions > Sync Dynamic Groups to manually sync all the dynamic groups.

2. Sync Now

Manually sync a dynamic device group in Hexnode
  1. Go to Manage > Device Groups > Select the required Device Group.
  2. Click Actions.
  3. Click on Sync Now to manually sync the selected device group.