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Computer Selection page

Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Steve.Hawkins on May 17, 2018

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Depending on the task, the Task Options Wizard opens a dialog box that 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.


The primary selections in this dialog box include: 

  • Add computers
  • Browse computers
  • Select computers using rules
  • Additional options

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.


  1. In the Computer Name field, enter the computer name and click Resolve to auto-fill the remaining fields. If your DNS is set up correctly, clicking Resolve 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 hostname 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. Use this dialog box to select computers from the WSUS Server groups, Active Directory domains and organizational units, workgroups, and Patch Manager computer groups.


  1. In the navigation pane, select the container with the computers you want to add.
  2. Select the individual computers you want to add. 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 open the Computer Select Rule Management dialog box. Use this dialog box to select or define a computer selection rule to apply when the task runs.


 The computer selection rules are based on 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 a computer filter option.

The following table lists the additional options included on the Computer Selection page.

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

Includes the report time to use as a rule. 

The 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 domain account password age of the computer.

Include operating system version Includes the 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) Excludes disabled computers in an Active Directory network in your filter. 
Only include computers that are a member of an Active Directory Group

Includes an Active Directory Security group for your rule. Click […] to browse to the group you want to specify. You cannot specify a Distribution group. 

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.

Additional options

The following table lists the additional options included on the Computer Selection 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 in the Computer Selection dialog box.
Change canonical path Changes the absolute unique path (canonical path) for the computers highlighted in the Computer Selection dialog box.
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 computers.


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