Select hosts in a group to deploy just a part



  • Hi,

    I never found this possibility, I don’t know if this request has already be made, but I really like to be able to select several hosts on a group to deploy them.
    Some times I don’t want to deploy just on host or an entire group, but for example 15 computers on 20 in a group.
    For now, I depoy hosts one by one, or I select the entire group and I remove hosts I don’t want to deploy…

    I imagine something like in the “List all host” page (in hosts management or task management), possibility to check several computer and have a button to deploy them.

    Thanks in advance !
    Matthieu



  • @Wayne-Workman

    Well said! That’s a great point!!


  • Moderator

    I maintain that a ‘part’ of a group - is just a smaller group. FOG handles groups well. Groups are easy to make and destroy. And typically, you wouldn’t image “part” of a group you have.

    For example, there is one lab in my entire building that has mixed models. My co-worker and I hated putting mixed models in there but at the time there was just no getting around it.

    Guess what? We have three groups for that room - permanent. One group for one model, one group for the other model, and one group for the whole room.

    In fact, we have a group for every task we do. We have a printer group per lab, an imaging group per lab, specific software groups that span labs and classrooms, we have department groups, and other specific groups for printers, snapins, etc. We have a group for all Windows7 machines, a group for all Win10 machines. We have a group for all Optiplex 7010s and a group for all Optiplex 9020s. We have lots of groups. One computer in our building is highly likely to be in at least 3 groups, most likely more.

    How do we manage all these groups? We name them well and we are on the same page for what they are all for with good communication.


  • Senior Developer

    I thought about adding this capability. It ultimately isn’t hard, but with trying to push toward a release, this is a bit overkill and would require a lot of testing to ensure all was working properly.



  • @Matthieu-Jacquart

    I second this! I do the same thing! I use a temporary group as well but this would be handy!



  • @Tom-Elliott Any news on this ?
    I used temporary group when I want to deploy just few hosts from a big group, but it will really nice to select just needed hosts to deploy ;)


  • Moderator

    @Scott-B said:

    I second this request. Would be nice to image a whole lab, but for the teacher PC for example.

    It is possible to image just one computer at a time. ;-)



  • @Matthieu-Jacquart said:

    @Wayne-Workman You’r right, I really never think to this…
    So I can do this if needed, and if Tom can implement that function, it will be great ;)

    I second this request. Would be nice to image a whole lab, but for the teacher PC for example.



  • @Wayne-Workman You’r right, I really never think to this…
    So I can do this if needed, and if Tom can implement that function, it will be great ;)


  • Moderator

    I use a temp group.

    I select the ones I want to work with, throw them into the “temp” group and do my thing. When done, I empty out the temp group. This is how a lot of people solve the problem - and it just seemed natural to me.



  • Yeah thanks, I give you again more work ^^
    I wish this functionnality for a long time and I’m also surprised nobody ask for it before ;)
    I just can’t imagine how many time you spend on this project, you and all people who are working on fog, thanks again.


  • Senior Developer

    This is actually quite an interesting feature request. I’m more surprised that it hasn’t been asked before. I will attempt to come up with something to address this as it really does make sense.

    How best to approach though…

    I’ll get my thinking cap on.


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