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The Computer Selection Page

Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by MindTouch on Jun 23, 2016

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The first page of the Task Options Wizard allows you to select the computers you want to include in the task. This page can appear populated or blank, depending on your method for launching the task.

Add Computers

To add a computer, click Add computers. This displays the Add Computer dialog, which allows you to add a computer and its related information including:

  • Computer Name (NetBIOS): Enter the computer name and then click Resolve to auto-fill other parts of the form. Provided DNS is set up correctly, the Resolve command populates the remaining fields.
  • Domain/Workgroup: Enter the domain or workgroup for the selected computer.
  • Hostname or FDQN: Enter the hostname or Fully Qualified Domain Name (FDQN) for the selected computer.
  • Canonical Name: Optional. For Active Directory computers only.
  • IP Address: Enter the IP address of the selected computer.
  • Operating System Version: Select from a predefined list of operating system version numbers.

Browse Computers

To search for computers to add, click Browse computers. This displays the Select Computer dialog, which allows you to select computers from WSUS Server Groups, Active Directory Domains and Organizational Units, Workgroups, and Patch Manager Computer Groups.

To add computers using the Select Computer dialog:

  1. In the left pane, use the network browser to select the container that contains the computer(s) you want to add.
  2. If applicable, select the individual computer(s) you want to add. Hold CTRL while clicking to select multiple computers.
  3. Add one or more computer(s) to the bottom-right pane:
  • Click Add selected to add the selected computer(s).
  • Click Select all and add to add all of the computers.
  • Click Enter the object to add in the bottom-right pane to launch the Add Computer dialog and manually enter objects to add.
  1. To add the computer(s) in the bottom-right pane to your task, click OK.

Select Computers Using Rules

To add computers dynamically every time the task runs, click Select computers using rules. This displays the Computer Selection Rule Management dialog, which allows you to select or define a computer selection rule to apply when the task runs. Computer selection rules are based primarily on any of the following container types:

  • Active Directory Domain or Workgroup
  • Active Directory Organizational Unit
  • WSUS Computer Group
  • Patch Manager Computer Group

After you select a container, specify the types of computers you want to add using the following filtering options:

Include Workstations

Include Servers

Include Domain Controllers (Active Directory only)

Only include computers that have a reported time

This option allows you to specify a relative "reported time" to use as a filter. The definition for "reported time" depends on the container you selected. For example, if the computers are retrieved from a WSUS Group, then "reported time" references the last reported time in WSUS. On the other hand, if the computers are retrieved from an Active Directory Domain or Organizational Unit, "reported time" references the computers' domain account password age.

Include Operating System Version

This option allows you to specify a relative operating system version to use as a filter. For example, select < 6.0.6000.0 to specify pre-Vista computers.

Include child container computers

This option allows you to specify whether to include computers that belong to a child container. For example, if a computer is contained indirectly by a parent OU called 'Development' and the computer itself is in a child OU called 'workstations' and this option is enabled, then the computer will be included.

Exclude disabled computers (Active Directory only)

Only include computers that are a member of Active Directory Group

This option allows you to specify an Active Directory Security group for your rule. This option does not allow you to specify a Distribution group. Click [...] to browse to the group you want to specify.

To save a rule:

  1. Enter a descriptive name into the Select an existing computer selection rule field
  2. Click Save Rule.

To delete a rule:

  1. Select an existing rule from the Select an existing computer selection rule field
  2. Click Delete Rule.

Other Options

The Task Options Wizard also includes the following options on the "computer selection" page:


Remove the selected computer(s).

Remove All

Remove all computers from the "computer selection" page.

Change Domain/Workgroup

This option allows you to change the Domain/Workgroup value for the computer(s) highlighted on the "computer selection" page.

Change canonical path

This option allows you to change the Canonical Path value for the computer(s) highlighted on the "computer selection" page.

New Patch Manager Computer Group

This option opens the Patch Manager Computer Group Management window, which allows you to define a new Patch Manager Computer Group that contains the selected computer(s).

After you complete the Computer Selection page, click Next to proceed to the Scheduling and Notification Options page.

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01:09, 23 Jun 2016