Create a dynamic or static asset group from asset searches
After you configure asset search filters as described in the preceding section, you can create an asset group based on the search results. Using the assets search is the only way to create a dynamic asset group. It is one of two ways to create a static asset group and is more ideal for environments with large numbers of assets. For a different approach, which involves manually selecting assets, see Configuring a static asset group by manually selecting assets.
If you have permission to create asset groups, you can save asset search results as an asset group.
- After you configure asset search filters, click Search. A table of assets that meet the filter criteria appears.
(Optional) Click the Export to CSV link at the bottom of the table to export the results to a comma-separated values (CSV) file that you can view and manipulate in a spreadsheet program.
Only Global Administrators or users with the Manage Group Assets permission can create asset groups, so only these users can save Asset Filter search results.
- Click Create Asset Group. Controls for creating an asset group appear.
- Select either the Dynamic or Static option, depending on what kind of asset group you want to create. See Comparing dynamic and static asset groups. If you create a dynamic asset group, the asset list is subject to change with every scan. See Using dynamic asset groups.
- Enter a unique asset group name and description. You must give users access to an asset group for them to be able view assets or perform asset-related operations, such as reporting, with assets in that group.
You must be a Global Administrator or have Manage Asset Group Access permission to add users to an asset group.
- Click Add Users. The Add Users dialog box appears.
- Select the check box for every user account that you want to add to the access list or select the check box in the top row to add all users.
Changing asset membership in a dynamic asset group
You can change search criteria for membership in a dynamic asset group at any time.
To change criteria for a dynamic asset group:
- Go to the Assets :: Asset Groups page by one of the following routes:
- On the Administration page, in the Assets > Asset Groups section, click Manage.
- Click the Assets icon to go to the Assets page, and then click the blue number above Asset Groups.
- Click Edit to find a dynamic asset group that you want to modify.
- Click Edit Asset Group or click View Asset Filter to review a summary of filter criteria. Any of these approaches causes the application to display the Filtered asset search panel with the filters set for the most recent asset search.
- Change the filters according to your preferences, and run a search. See Configuring asset search filters .
- Click Save.