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Use Patch Manager computer groups to manage similar computers that are not otherwise part of a dedicated group in your Windows network. You create Patch Manager computer groups using rules so Patch Manager can evaluate group membership at runtime. Then you can target the dynamic group in tasks and reports as needed.
For example, create a Patch Manager computer group to contain all managed clients running Windows 7 RTM. Then target these computers in an Update Management task to upgrade them to Windows 7 Service Pack 1. After the computers are upgraded to Windows 7 SP1, they no longer show as members of the "Windows 7 RTM" computer group, so they are exempt from any future Update Management tasks targeted to that group.
To create a Patch Manager computer group:
Note: To create a dynamic computer group, select Add computers using rules, and then create the requisite rule(s) for the types of computers you want in the group. For additional information, see "Select Computers Using Rules".
Note: Patch Manager computer groups appear in the Microsoft Windows Network node in the navigation pane.