86.2 Creating and Managing Agent Groups

You might find it convenient to group related agents together for monitoring purposes. Initially, all agents are in a single group with the same name as your GroupWise system.

Agent groups are displayed on the left side of the Monitor Agent console. When you select an agent group, the monitored agents in the group and their status information are listed on the right side of the Monitor Agent console.

You can create additional groups and subgroups as needed to make monitoring similar agents easier. You might want to create agent groups based on geographical areas, on administrative responsibilities, or on agent configuration similarities. The number of agents in the group is displayed to the right of the group name in the Agent Groups window.

In addition, by creating agent groups, you can provide configuration settings for monitoring just once for all agents in each group, rather than providing them individually for each agent in your GroupWise system.

NOTE:On Linux, you perform these tasks at the Monitor Agent console or Monitor console, using steps similar to those provided in this section.

86.2.1 Creating an Agent Group

To create an agent group in the Monitor Agent console:

  1. In the Agent Groups window, click Create.

  2. Type a name for the new group, select the parent group for the new group, and then click Create.

  3. In the Agent Status window, select one or more agents to add to the new group, and then click Move.

  4. In the list of available groups, select the new group, and then click Move.

  5. Click the new group to view its contents.

You can nest groups within groups as needed.

86.2.2 Managing Agent Groups

To manage an agent group in the Monitor Agent console:

  • To rename an agent group, click Rename, type the new name, select the group to rename, and then click Rename.

  • To move an agent group, click Move, select the group to move, select the new location, and then click Move.

  • To delete an agent group, click Delete, select the group to delete, and then click Delete.

86.2.3 Configuring an Agent Group

Configuration settings for monitoring can be set individually for each monitored agent, for each agent group, or for all monitored agents collectively.

You can establish default configuration settings for all agents by setting them on the root agent group that is named the same as your GroupWise system. By default, those default settings are inherited by each subgroup that you create thereafter. Groups, subgroups, and individual agents can be configured differently from the configuration provided at the higher level.