Device collections provide the ability to create and manage logical groups of target devices. Creating device collections simplifies device management by performing actions at the collection level rather than at the target-device level.
A target device can only be a member of one device collection.
A device collection could represent a physical location, a subnet range, or a logical grouping of target devices. For example, a collection could consist of all target devices that use a particular vDisk image, and that target device collection might consist of maintenance, test, and production devices. Alternatively, three device collections could exist for a particular vDisk; one consisting of production devices, one consisting of test machines, and another consisting of maintenance machines. In the proceeding examples, all of the devices in a given collection are assigned to the same vDisk.
Depending on a sites preference, another collection use case might include the consolidation of test and/or maintenance devices into a single device collection, and then managing vDisk assignments on a per device basis rather than a per collection basis. For example, create a device collection labeled Development consisting of five target devices, each one assigned to a particular vDisk.
Device collections are created and managed by farm administrators, or site administrators that have security privileges to that site, or device administrators that have security privileges to that collection.
Expanding a Device Collections folder in the Console’s tree allows you to view members of a device collection. To display or edit a device collection’s properties, right-click on an existing device collection in the Console, then select the Properties menu option. The Device Collection Properties dialog displays allowing you to view or make modifications to that collection.
You can perform actions on members of a device collection, such as rebooting all target devices members in this collection.