Groups in FOG are used to organize your hosts into real world logical clusters. This is intended to ease management of the computers. A single host can be a member of infinitely many groups, so if a computer happens to be a member of the group called “Third Floor”, it could also be a member of “Math Department”, or “Dell PCs.” Groups make using FOG possible for organizations with a very large number of PC’s.
Groups are created in two sections:
Group Management –> Create New Group
Hosts section of FOG based on searches, for information on how to create groups, please see Creating Host Groups
After a group has been created, it can be managed from the groups section of FOG. Locating groups is very similar to locating hosts, you can either list all groups or you can search for groups. When searching for groups your search criteria is matched against the group name or the group description. Once a group is located it can be modified by clicking on the “Edit” button on the right hand side of the table or the Title of the group itself.
Under the section “Modify Group [Groupname]” there are options to change the group name, group description, group product key, or to delete the group. If you wish to update the group name or the group description make your change then click on the “Update” button within that section. If you would like to remove the group then simply click on the “Delete” button within this section.
As a reminder, when saving or updating settings for hosts Fog uses the last to save option. If you set all the hosts in this group to have Image A and then change Host A in that group to be Image B. The group settings will not override the settings for Host A, unless you go back to the group and set all hosts back to Image A.
Group Basic Tasks¶
This section will allow you to start a task on this group of hosts. From this section you can start any task to all hosts within the group. Multi-Cast is also available from here. Please review [[FOGUserGuide#Fundamental_Concepts | Fundamental Concepts]] to determine the required deploy task.
Group Membership Setup¶
This page allows you to view/add/delete membership of the group. This section will list all of the members of the group and give you the option to remove members from the group.
Group Image Associations¶
The groups page also allows you to update the image association for all the members of the group. This can be done in the “Image Association for [groupname]” section. Select the image association from the drop-down box and select “Update Images” and then all your host objects for that group will be modified.
You can add or remove snapins to all hosts in a group, but because the nature of groups, it is not possible to see what snapins are currently associated with a group. This is because the snapins are not directly associated with the group, the are associated with the host and it is possible for all members of the groups to have different snapins linked with each host. What fog does allow you to do is batch add a snapin to all the hosts within a group. At the same time you can batch remove a snapin from all the hosts within a group. This functions can be done via the ‘’’Add Snapins’’’ and ‘’’Remove Snapins’’’ button in the Group Menu.
Group Service Settings¶
The Service Settings page allows you to enable or disable certain service modules on all hosts in the group, as well as change some service settings for group such as screen resolution, and auto log off settings.
Group Active Directory Setup¶
Active Directory integration settings can also be distributed to all members of a group via this page. The section “Modify AD information for [groupname]” allows you to do so. This section provides the same options as the host screen but allows you to mass update all of your hosts.
The Printers page allows you to add or remove printer associations to all hosts within the group. This page also allows you to set the management level all hosts within the group.
Group Membership Information¶
The most important thing to remember about groups in FOG is that they do not contain their own properties. When you make changes to a group, you are really make changes to every host object within the group. For example, if you change the OS association for a group, then go back to the one of the host objects that is a member of that group, it will have the new OS association on that object.