MARS Device Groups

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Jun 3rd, 2008
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I am working with MARS 4.3.4 and have a question on what you can do with Device Groups. I don't see where they can be referenced in queries or rules. Am I missing something?

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mhellman Tue, 06/03/2008 - 08:35
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No, you're not. They're somewhat pointless really. You can create them, but they're only used to filter what is displayed, you still have to manually select each individual device in a query.

In other words, you can't create a report using a device group and expect future updates to the device group to show up in the report.

FWIW, there are lots of other "groups" like this too. Protego/Cisco seems to have forgotten the real value of making groupings like this.

dougnotini Tue, 06/03/2008 - 08:58
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Thanks for clearing that up. Do you know if there is will be any change to this in version 6.x?

mhellman Tue, 06/03/2008 - 09:09
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I heard crickets when I last mentioned this to our Cisco reps (including some higher ups in the MARS product line) and I don't remember seeing it mentioned in the latest 6.x overview. However, I never did confirm though. I'll ask my local rep to find out because it would be an extremely nice feature.

pmccubbin Wed, 06/04/2008 - 06:16
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Thanks for the follow up work with Cisco. I rate it a "5" and please keep us all in the loop.



mhellman Wed, 06/04/2008 - 06:59
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Thanks Paul. I went back through my cisco sent/received items (I keep them all for eternity) and I've been asking about this since at least 2006. In October of 2007 I was asked for input on reporting enhancements, and I suggested being able to use groupings as "variables" in queries/reports/rules. Hopefully it's on cisco's radar because I'm obvously not the only one asking for it.


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