Device collections allow you 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 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. This use case manages 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. Farm administrators create and manage device collections for sites they have security privileges to configure.
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.