Dynamic Device Groups

A dynamic device group is one in which the member devices change automatically based on the conditions you have set for the group. Unlike Custom groups where the devices are maintained as a fixed list, here, the devices move in and out of the group during the periodic group sync. You can choose from a host of different criteria and combine them to create powerful group filters for efficient management and automation.

Here is how you create a Dynamic Device Group:

  1. Go to Management tab.
  2. Click on Device Groups.
  3. Click on New Dynamic Group.
  4. Mention the Name and Description.
  5. Choose one or more criteria from the drop-down list.
  6. Click on the locations required on the Location Filter to narrow down the device groups.
  7. Click on Preview to view the list of devices that matches the criteria.
  8. Save the Group details.

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Note:

A Location filter is used to group devices to a specific region, if the include option is selected then the devices which are in that region is grouped, if the exclude option is selected then the devices present in that region would be avoided for grouping.

Use Cases:

Here are some of the use cases which are seen in dynamic device groups.
1. Grouping based on Compliance info:

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Here, a device group is created based on compliance status: Inactive and geofenced within San Francisco. All the Inactive devices located within San Francisco are grouped together. Remedial actions like Disenroll device can then be performed on the group to remove all such devices in one go.

2. Based on the Operating System of the device:

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You may want to have devices not on the latest OS version to be grouped together to, say, send a broadcast message for OS update or lock them all in a Kiosk mode. Here, all Android devices not on Android 8 are grouped together. A Kiosk policy can then be assigned to the group to make sure all such devices remain locked down. You can notify users by sending a Broadcast message to the group.

3. Based on the Device Ownership:

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Some organizations allow users to bring their own devices (BYOD). In such cases, less-restrictive policies are typically applied to personal devices, which requires them to be segregated. It’s quite easy to create a dynamic group with device ownership set to personal, saving the trouble of manually identifying personal devices and then grouping them together.

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