When you first start using the Impero Console, there are a number of predefined default User Groups created. It is then necessary to create new Computer/User Groups as required by your organisation.
In order to create a new Group, click on the ‘+’ icon that appears above the User/Computer Group List.
This opens the 'Add Group' window which allows you to begin the creation of the necessary groups. You can also right-click an existing group and select ‘Properties’ to access the same window to edit an existing group.
1 - Group Properties
This section of the 'Add Group' window allows you to set basic properties of your new Group.
Name of Group
The name of the group is how it will then be displayed in the Group List.
Give your group a priority from the options Low, Medium and High. Higher priority groups will take precedence over lower priority groups when applying group settings for users.
Type of Group
Select whether your group is a Computer Group or a User Group.
2 - Existing Group Members
This panel of the 'Add Group' window enables you to add/modify/remove users from the group. In order to add a new member to the group, click on the '[Add New Member]' link which opens up the search fields underneath. There are then five fields available for you to edit:
Type in the name of the member you wish to add to the group, based on your selection in the ‘Search Tag’ drop-down list. You are also able to use a wildcard (*) to enter multiple users in one go, or if you do not know the full name of the member you wish to add. For example, 'ITRoom1*' covers all computers in ITRoom1, providing all the computer names begin with the string 'ITRoom1'. To exclude a member, simply use a '!' followed by the member name, i.e. '!PC1' will exclude PC1 from the group.
Select from the options in this drop-down list which tag you wish to search upon to find new members for your group. This list will be populated with different options if creating/editing a User Group.
Reason in Group
If there is a specific reason that a member has been added to this group, enter it in the text field here.
If you wish to remove this user from the group on a specific date, check the box in this field and then enter the removal date from the calendar. You can also manually edit a specific time if you wish.
If you wish to remove a member from this group, do so by clicking the 'Delete' button next to that user.
3 - Search Tag
Select from the options in this drop-down list which tag you wish to search upon to find new members for your group.
Search based on the name that the computer Operating System reports back to Impero.
This verifies to see what Active Directory (AD) groups are assigned to that computer, and show in the new group if the AD group in 'Member Name' matches an assigned AD group.
This verifies all the IP addresses of the computer (only valid for Computer Group type).
This verifies all the MAC addresses of the computer. This should be static and not change unless you change the physical hardware of the workstation (only valid for Computer Group type).
This verifies the version of the Operating System being reported back to Impero (only valid for Computer Group type).
Filter membership of the group based on which version of the Impero Client is installed (only valid for Computer Group type).
This filters based on host name of the session, for example: the host of the thin client server (only valid for Computer Group type).
Windows Session ID
Search on the unique ID of the Windows session.
Type of Client
This takes two values: workstation or console. Workstation will display all workstations within your network, while console displays all the users who currently have the console open.
4 - Additional Options
There are three additional option buttons at the bottom of this tab:
Select an Active Directory group that you wish to import into your group.
Note: This option is only available if your AD settings are applied in Impero Server.
View Groups - These are security groups within your Active Directory and will be dynamic with Impero. Any changes you make in Active Directory will automatically change in your Impero Group.
View Containers - These groups are Organisational Units and are static imports. Any changes you make within Active Directory is not reflected in Impero. You are required to manually update Impero to reflect the Active Directory changes.
Remove all users from the currently selected group.
You can import a text file containing a list of the users that you wish to import into your new group. It is necessary that this must be a .txt file that contains a list of all usernames you wish to add, each username on a new line. This option is only valid when creating a User Group.