Using Smart Filter to Filter Information in the Top Pane

Information displayed in the list can be easily filtered to narrow the focus to only those machines of interest. One way to do this is by using the Smart Filter.

The Smart Filter contains several default filters. You can also define your own custom filters.

Default Filters

The default filters are identified by a leading asterisk. Default filters cannot be modified or deleted. The default filters include the following:

Custom Filters

You can create your own custom filters. This is a powerful tool that enables you to specify exactly which machines you want displayed in the top pane. Each custom filter is comprised of one or more rules. You can define as many rules in a filter as needed.

To create a new filter:

  1. Click the Create a New Smart Filter icon ().

The Smart Filter dialog is displayed:

  1. Specify which rules in the filter must be matched.

  1. Define one or more rules.

To define a rule, select an option in each of the first two logic boxes and then type the criteria in the third box. To add another rule simply click Add Rule.

Note: If you define a rule that does not make sense (for example, "Machine Name is greater than 3") the rule will simply be ignored.

  1. Type a name for the filter.

  2. When you are finished defining your custom filter, click Save/Rename.


Assume you want to see which machines in a particular machine group are missing more than 20 patches. You simply create a filter similar to the following: