Linking Files to a Machine Group

Shavlik Protect provides a dynamic mechanism for keeping a machine group current. This is especially useful if your machine list changes from time to time and you want an easy way to update it. Linking a file to a machine group is different than importing its contents. Importing contents is a one-time operation after which the information from the file becomes a part of the machine group.

When you link files to a machine group, any changes that you make to the files are reflected upon the next scan. In other words, if you add machines to and delete machines from a linked file between scans, any new machines added to the file will be scanned while any machines removed will not.

When defining a machine group you can link to files containing machine names, domains, IP addresses , and virtual machines.  The following table describes how to create each particular link file.

 

Link Machine File

Provide the name of a file containing machine names.  One machine name per line with a carriage return at the end.

Sample:

machine1

machine2

dc

mail

dbserver

Link Domain File

Provide the name of a file containing domain names.  One domain name per line with a carriage return at the end.

Sample:

example

yourcompany

corp

redmond

dmz

Link Virtual Machine File

Provide the name of a file containing virtual machines.  One virtual machine name per line with a carriage return at the end, or separate each name by a comma.

Sample:

D:\VMware Images\VM-MAF-FR-XPP\winXPPro.vmx, D:\VMware Images\VM-QA-EN-2KS-4\win2000Serv.vmx

Z:\VMware Images\WinXP_EN_gold_2\winXPPro.vmx

 

Link IP Address File

Provide the name of a file containing IP addresses.  One IP address per line with a carriage return at the end.

Note: You cannot combine individual IP addresses and IP ranges in the same file.

Sample:

192.168.29.132

10.1.1.10

172.16.1.5

Link IP Range File

Provide the name of a file containing IP ranges.  IP ranges in the format of x.x.x.x-y.y.y.y are acceptable.  One per line with a carriage return at the end.

Sample:

192.168.29.1-192.168.29.5

172.16.2.20-172.16.2.99