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Computer Selection page

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The first Task Options Wizard dialog box prompts you to select the computers you want to include in a task. This dialog box can be populated or blank, depending on your method for launching the task.

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

Add computers

Click Add computers in the Task Options Wizard to display the Add Computer dialog box. This dialog box prompts you to enter information about your targeted computer.

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  1. In the Computer Name field, enter the computer name and click Resolve to auto-fill other parts of the form. If the DNS is set up correctly, the Resolve  command populates the remaining fields.
  2. In the Domain/Workgroup field, enter the domain or workgroup for the selected computer.
  3. In the Hostname or FDQN field, enter the host name or Fully Qualified Domain Name (FDQN) for the selected computer.
  4. (Active Directory computers) In the Canonical Name field, enter the canonical name used in Active Directory.
  5. In the IP address field, enter the IP address of the selected computer.
  6. Click the Operating System Version drop-down menu and select the appropriate version number.
  7. Click Add to continue.

Browse computers

Click Browse computers in the Task Options Wizard to display the Select Computer dialog box. This dialog box allows you to select computers from the WSUS Server groups, Active Directory domains and organizational units, workgroups, and Patch Manager computer groups.

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  1. In the navigation pane, select the container with the computers you want to add.
  2. Select the individual computers you want to add (if applicable). Press <Ctrl> to select multiple computers.
  3. Add one or more computers 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 box and manually enter objects to add.

  4. Click OK. The computers are added to the bottom right pane. 

Select computers using rules

Click Select computers using rules in the Task Options Wizard to add computers dynamically each time the selected task runs. This option displays the Computer Selection Rule Management dialog box, which allows you to select or define a computer selection rule to apply when the task runs.

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 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 filtering options listed in the table below. 

Option Description
Include Workstations Specifies workstations for your rule. 
Include Servers Specifies servers for your rule. 
Include Domain Controllers (Active Directory only) Specifies domain controllers for your rule. 
Only include computers that have a reported time

Specifies a relative reported time to use as a rule. The definition for reported time depends on your selected container. 

For example, if the computers are retrieved from a WSUS group, reported time refers to the last reported time in WSUS. 

If the computers are retrieved from an Active Directory domain or organizational unit, reported time refers to the computers' domain account password age.

Include operating system version Specifies a relative operating system version to use for your rule. 
Include child container computers Specifies whether to include computers that belong to a child container. For example, if a computer is contained indirectly by a parent organizational unit called Development and the computer is in a child organizational unit called Workstations and this option is enabled, the computer will be included in the filter.
Exclude disabled computers (Active Directory only) Specifies whether to exclude disabled computers in an Active Directory network in your filter. 
Only include computers that are a member of an Active Directory Group

Specifies 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 enter a descriptive name in the Select and existing computer selection rule field and click Save Rule

To delete a rule, select an existing rule from the Select an existing computer selection rule field and click Delete Rule.

Other options

The Task Options Wizard also includes the following options on the Computer Selection page. After you complete the Computer Selection page, click Next to proceed to the Scheduling and Notification Options page.

Option Description
Remove Removes the selected computers.
Remove All Removes all computers from the computer selection dialog box.
Change Domain / Workgroup Changes the Domain/Workgroup value for the computers highlighted on the computer selection dialog box.
Change canonical path Changes the Canonical Path value for the computers highlighted on the computer selection page.
New Patch Manager Computer Group 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).

 

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