Machine groups can be defined to collect multiple clients in a common target for NIM operations. Groups can be defined for standalone, diskless, or dataless clients; but a group can only contain clients of a single type.
Web-based System Manager supports two types of machine groups. First, a temporary machine group is created when multiple machines are selected in the NIM container and an action from the Selected menu is performed. The temporary group is removed when the action is done. If you want a more permanent machine group, you can create it using the New Machine Group menu option in the NIM menu.
In the Web-based System Manager NIM application, machine groups are not explicitly created and managed, but ad hoc groupings are supported by multi-selecting the icons representing machines in the NIM container. Once selected, a group of machines can be administered by selecting an action from the Selected menu.
Note: You can only perform most operations on multi-selected machines of the same type.
To define a machine group, enter:
nim -o define -t mac_group -a add_member=MemberName GroupName
For example, to create a machine group named MacGrp1 containing previously defined machines Standalone1, Standalone2, and Standalone3, enter:
nim -o define -t mac_group -a add_member=Standalone1 \ -a add_member=Standalone2 -a add_member=Standalone3 \ -a comments="Machines for Department d03" MacGrp1