Creating Custom Groups

Desktop Central MSP provides an option to create custom group of computers and users, which can be used as targets for applying the configurations. The advantages of custom groups are:

  1. You can have any number of custom groups to group computers and users of a specific department. You can create this once and can use these groups as targets for deploying the configurations.

  2. You can add or remove users/computers from groups at any point of time.

  3. Groups once created can be used in any number of configurations.

  4. Creating Unique Custom groups, will leverage user management by defining specific scope (unique Custom Groups) to specific users.

  5. Custom groups can be created by technicians with write permission for deployment activities. However these custom groups can be created only on the basis of computers and not users.

This document will explain you on the three types of custom groups, they are:

Static Custom Group

You can define a static group, when you have a definite set of users/computers to be added to this group. If you want to add or remove users/computers in this group, it has to be done manually.  A computer can be a part of more than one static custom group. These groups are created as target, for deploying configurations.

  • You can also import a csv file to add computers to a static group. The csv should contain the name of the computer followed by the domain name as explained below:

    Computer Name,Domain Name

Dynamic Custom Group

A Dynamic Group is the one that is created with a set of rules or criteria. Based on the defined criteria, the computers gets automatically added to this group. Any new computer matching the criteria will automatically get added to this group. The computers belonging to this group are generated only during the execution configuration. The defined queries will be applied and the result will be published as the Dynamic Custom Group.

Create a Custom Group

To create a custom group, follow the steps below:

  1. Select the Admin tab

  2. Click the Custom Groups link available under the Global Settings. This will list all the Custom Groups that have been created.

  3. Click the Create New Group button and specify the following values:

    1. Specify a name for the custom group. This should be unique.

    2. Select the Domain or the Workgroup from the list.

    3. Select the Group Type as Computers or Users. This will list the available computers/users in the selected domain.

      Note: By default, the users/computers will be displayed in Tree View. Use List View link to view users/computers as a list. Manual entry of computers/users is possible using Manual Input option.

    4. Select the computers/users and move them to the Added list.

  4. Click Submit to create the group.

    1. Repeat step 3 & 4 for creating more groups.

List View

    1. Click on the List View link for the users/computers to be displayed as a list.

    2. Click on a particular alphabet to view the users/computers with names that begin with alphabet specified. Use All link to list all the users/computers.

    3. Click on the Sort link to sort the listed user/computer names.

Ignore Prefix

You can use the "Ignore-Prefix" option in combination with your choice of alphabet. This will list all users/computers that have the specified prefix and whose names begin with selected alphabet. For example, the figure below shows a case where DC is specified in Ignore-Prefix and the alphabet chosen is W. The resultant list therefore shows all the computers who have 'DC' as their prefix but whose names begin with alphabet 'W'.

Add Computers Manually

    1. Click on the Add tab for the users/computers to be manually added.

    2. Specify a valid User/Computer in the text field.

    3. Click on >> button to add the user/computer in the custom group.

      Incorrect User/Computer will not be added and the application will throw an error. In that case, specify the correct User/Computer name and add it again.
    4. Click on Create Group button to complete custom group creation.

You have successfully created a custom group, which can be used for management purposes.

Custom Group Settings

Custom group settings allow an administrator to provide access to Custom Groups to all technicians handling the various scope of computers, for deploying patches, applications, and configurations. Custom groups created by administrators can be viewed and accessed by a technician only when the custom group settings is Enabled.


  • A technician can view only the computers in a Custom Group that are a part of his scope.
  • Any technician can create multiple custom groups with the computers under his scope.
  • A custom group created by an administrator, cannot be accessed by a technician if the settings is Disabled.
  • Upon disabling the custom group settings, a technician will no longer have control over the tasks with custom groups created by administrators.