I am very excited to announce that Dynamic Groups is now General Availability (GA) on the JumpCloud platform. This new capability was an evolution beyond what we called User Group Suggestions where IT admins could build attribute rules to “suggest” membership changes for User Groups to review before the change took place. It was a natural progression to extend group membership capabilities to be fully automatable along with enabling Device Groups to operate the same way.
What is Dynamic Groups
Dynamic Groups allow our Direct and MSP customers to automate and customize group (users and devices) membership based upon attribute rules that they can configure to fit their specific needs. This will result in significant time savings for admins and allow for them to drive more towards a manage by exception model. Group membership plays a significant role in how our admins bind users to resources, set policies on devices, provision services, etc. By automating this process, we are dramatically improving the overall efficiency of our admins daily tasks all while reducing potentially costly errors.
Read my Dynamic Groups Preview article to learn how Dynamic Groups came about and the changes that took place from User Group Suggestions to what we have today.
Dynamic Groups is just a first step in our overall Orchestration strategy at JumpCloud. It is a foundational piece of much more to come. We are going to continue to develop more capabilities around group membership automation and start building more pieces that will be focused on other orchestration and making customer organizations more efficient and secure. Stay tuned!!!
If you are looking for more details, there is a lot of good content around Dynamic Groups both within the JumpCloud Help Center as well as the JumpCloud Community.
Huge thanks to all the participants in the EA program for all of your feedback and time in improving things.
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I've already found this really handy, thanks!
It'd be amazing to have additional attributes, in particular the "Last Seen" attribute, this would make it really easy to keep track of which devices haven't been online or checked in in the last X days.
Is this planned?
Hi Paul. Great to hear that you are liking the capability so far. We are going to be adding more attributes over time. I like the "Last Seen" idea. I will make sure that it is on the list for consideration. Keep in mind that this will be gradual. You should see more operators and attributes as time goes with this feature.
Great! Would love to see it at some point.
Another "nice to have" would be a group based on the result of a Powershell query, eg "Check if product AppXY is installed, if not, add to group "App XY missing".
That's only because I'm in the middle of a tricky app deployment while my company transitions away from an MSP and it'd be very handy for me personally 😂