Performing Actions on Machines

Right-Click Menu

You can right-click on any machine in the top pane and perform a number of different actions. For example:


Scan With

Enables you to initiate a patch scan of the selected machines using any of the available patch scan templates.

Deploy All Missing Patches

Enables you to deploy (install) all patches currently missing on the selected machine. See Deploying All Missing Patches to a Machine for more information.

Test Patch Deployment

Enables you to perform a test deployment to the selected machines. This is especially useful for patch deployments you want to schedule for a later time. Testing the deployment allows you to correct any potential problems in a deployment and make it less likely that a deployment will fail. See the Operations Monitor for more information.

Note: Test deployments will not work on offline virtual machines .

Connect via RDP

Enables you to make a Remote Desktop connection to the selected machine. See How to Initiate a Remote Desktop Connection for more details.


Enables you to modify the power state of the selected machines. You can immediately restart, shut down, or awaken the machines, or you can use a power state template to schedule a reboot of the machines and leave them in a particular state (fully powered on, in sleep mode, in hibernate mode, or powered off). See How to Initiate Power Management Tasks for more information.


Enables you to either open a Windows PowerShellâ„¢ prompt or select and execute an approved script. See How to Execute a Script for details.

Add to Machine Group

Enables you to add the selected machines to a new machine group or to an existing machine group. See Creating A New Machine Group for more information.

Important! Machines you add to the machine group are automatically assigned the associated machine credentials. (Hosted virtual machines are the exception, they are assigned the last known machine group credentials.) If no machine credentials are available, no credentials will be assigned and the default credentials will be used in any subsequent scans. If the default credentials are not valid for the machines, and if the account credentials of the person currently logged on to the program are also not valid for the machines, scans of the machines you just added to the group will fail. To prevent scanning errors, always supply credentials for machines you add to a machine group. See Supplying Credentials for more information.

Machine Properties

Enables you to view and edit machine properties. See Managing Individual Machine Properties for more information.


Enables you to:

  • Install an agent, assign a different policy to the agent, or uninstall an agent.

  • (Machine View only) Manage the contents of an agent's quarantine directory. This command is only available if a single agent machine is selected, the command cannot be used on multiple agent machines. For detailed information on remotely managing the contents of a quarantine directory, see Remotely Managing an Agent's Quarantine.

  • Send a number of different commands to the selected agents. The commands apply only to machines that already have agents installed, that are online, and that are configured to be listening agents. See the Send command description for detailed information about the available commands.

  • (Machine View only) Initiate any of the tasks currently defined within the selected agents. When you select a task a confirmation dialog is displayed. If you choose to continue, the task is immediately started on the agent machines. See Creating a New Agent Policy for information on the types of tasks that may be available.

Expand All

Expands all machine trees in the top pane. This can also be accomplished using the Machines > Expand All menu.

Collapse All

Collapses all machine trees in the top pane. This can also be accomplished using the Machines > Collapse All menu.

Export selected machines to CSV

Export information about the selected machines to a Comma Separated Values (CSV) file. The CSV file can then be used within a spreadsheet program. This can also be accomplished using the Machines > Export visible machines to CSV menu.

Keyboard Shortcuts

The following keyboard shortcuts are available: