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    How to Create Dynamic Device Groups Using Scalefusion MDM

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    Dynamic device groups have an active membership, meaning mobile devices are automatically added or removed from a device group based on specific conditions. Dynamic grouping is typically better than manual grouping because it has more enforcing capability and requires less manual effort. Listed below are some use cases of dynamic device groups.

    • Group all inactive or non-compliant devices
    • Group devices based on OS
    • Group based on device ownership (e.g., management, sales, support)
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    Create Dynamic Device Groups

    Create Dynamic Device Groups on Scalefusion 

    Prerequisites 

    • Organizations are subscribed to Enterprise Plan 
    • Relevant device groups are created beforehand
    • You have complete access to device groups
    1. Log in to your Scalefusion portal 
    2. Navigate to Groups > Device Groups 
    3. Select the device group; Click View Details
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    1. Under the Automation tab; click Create 
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    Create new rules to configure a dynamic device group

    Use conditions to specify the criteria required for grouping devices. You can add multiple conditions to filter out devices. You can automatically add devices to a dynamic device group that qualify for the defined criteria.

    1. Under Configure Conditions, select properties. The properties are made of eight sections along with corresponding sub-properties:
    1. sections along with corresponding sub-properties:
    PropertiesSub-properties
    Hardware Make, model, total RAM
    Software Application, build version, firmware/BIOS, MDM agent version, OS version, OS type
    Device ManagementEnrollment – date and method; Management – Mode, state, type
    ComplianceAnti-spyware, antivirus, BitLocker, device encrypted, FileVault, firmware password, jailbroken/rooted, password, iTunes account
    NetworkBluetooth mac address, connection – status and type, ethernet mac address carrier, firewall, IP address, WiFi SSID, WiFi mac address
    StorageDevice storage, external storage
    TelemetryBattery – level and temperature, CPU temperature, screen temperature
    Custom FieldsApart from the default properties, Scalefusion allows you to create custom fields as per your requirement
    1. Select the required property. Click on the + sign to add the sub-property. It will be named Condition 1 by default.
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    Note: You can rename condition groups by clicking on the edit icon next to it
    1. For the added sub-property, select the operator from the drop-down list. The type of operators available to set the conditions depends on the sub-property type.
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    1. Add values to the sub-property to complete defining the rule
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    Note: The values change based on the sub-property type. It can be text, a drop-down list or a date widget
    1. You can use the AND / OR operators between conditions
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    1. To create another condition, repeat steps 5-7
    2. Click Next to complete defining the rule
    Note: You can also add multiple conditions in a single condition group. Use the AND / OR operators between conditions.The AND condition implies that all conditions under a condition group must be met. The OR condition executes when at least one of the conditions is satisfied.A condition group can include some properties more than once. These include Any ApplicationMDM AgentVersion ManagementState Management TypeOS TypeOS Version

    Set Automation Rules

    1. Under the Automation Rules, Schedules & Alerts tab, you can apply the rule to your device group; it will remove the devices from the group which don’t meet the conditions and vice-versa
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    Configure Schedule

    1. Set a schedule that allows the dynamic group to run at periodic intervals
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    SettingDescription
    FrequencyRun and execute the rule every 6 or 12 hours. You can schedule a sync everyday or repeat it on selected days.
    Select timezonePick your home timezone
    TimeSelect a time for periodic sync

    Configure Email Alerts 

    1. Set up notification alerts via email. The email shares a summary of the number of devices added and removed from the dynamic device group. You will also find a CSV doc containing device details.
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    1. Click Test Run
    1. Click Create Rule. You will find the rule under the Automation tab.
    Note:A log file is generated every time the rule is executed An icon will be displayed on a dynamic device group for quick identification Scalefusion gives you the option to edit or delete the rules that make the device groups dynamic

    Wrapping Up

    Dynamic device groups are a useful method to filter devices based on their properties. When a rule is applied to a device group, the device count or group membership gets automatically adjusted. Experience Dynamic Device Groups with a 14-day free trial. 

    Rajnil Thakur
    Rajnil Thakur
    Rajnil is a Senior Content Writer at Scalefusion. He’s been a B2B marketer for over 8 years and applies the power of content marketing to simplify complex technology and business ideas.

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