Device Groups and Subgroups

Device Grouping is an exceptionally useful functional feature that can be used to group devices that belong to same organizational unit or classroom. Device Groups give you the following features,

  • Group devices of Android, Windows, Mac & iOS types
  • Reboot all devices in the group.
  • Refresh all devices in group which will reapply all the policies on the device.
  • Set or Change Profiles on all your devices.
  • Create & Assign Group Administrators.
  • Create Subgroups

This document explains in detail how device groups can be created and all other features associated with Device Groups.

Before You Begin

  1. Have a valid Scalefusion Dashboard account
  2. Access to Device Groups

Video Guide:

Please watch the video below that captures the features of a Device Group.

Create a Device Group

  1. Log in to Scalefusion Dashboard.
  2. To create a new Device Group, navigate to Device Management > Device Groups click on CREATE NEW GROUP.
  3. Enter a Name for your group. Click on SUBMIT.
  4. You will be shown a page with the following options,
    1. SELECT DEVICES - Only the devices that don’t belong to any group will be shown. Select the devices that you want to add and Click NEXT.
    2. CHOOSE ANDROID DEVICE PROFILE - Select a default device profile for all your Android devices. Select the device profile that you want to apply and Click NEXT.
    3. CHOOSE iOS DEVICE PROFILE - Select a default device profile for all your iOS devices. Select the device profile that you want to apply and Click NEXT.
    4. CHOOSE WINDOWS PROFILE - Select a default device profile for all your Windows devices. Select the device profile that you want to apply and Click NEXT.
    5. CHOOSE MAC DEVICE PROFILE - Select a default device profile for all your Mac devices. Select the device profile that you want to apply and Click NEXT.
    6. ADD ADMIN - You can choose Group Administrators for the newly created Group.  
  5. Click CREATE DEVICE GROUP to create the device group.
  6. Once the Group is created, it will be displayed under the Device Groups section.
  7. You have the option to see a Compact View or a Detailed View.

Adding Devices to an existing Device Group

  1. You can add devices to an existing group. To do this navigate to Device Management > Device Groups.
  2. From the list of groups, click on View Details on the Group where you want to add devices.
  3. Scroll down on the page and click on ADD DEVICES.
  4. This will open up a dialog that displays all the devices that are not associated with any Groups so far. Select the Devices that you want to add and click on Submit.

Removing a Device from a Group

  1. To Remove a device from a group, navigate to Device Management > Device Groups.
  2. From the list of groups, click on View Details on the Group where you want to remove device.
  3. Click on the Bin icon next to the device to remove the device from this group.
  4. Note that removing a device does not remove the last applied policy on the device. The device is still Locked so that you can safely move it to a different group without the device having to be Unlocked.

Changing the Device Profile of a Device Group

You can use this feature to change the Device Profile on all your devices in the group at one shot. To do this follow the below steps,

  1. Navigate to Device Management > Device Groups.
  2. From the list of groups, click on View Details on the Group where you want to change profile.
  3. Click on Android/iOS/Windows/Mac on the right side, for which you want to change profile.
  4. Click on CHANGE.
  5. You would see a dialog that shows all the Device Profiles that are created till now (Since the above screenshot shows Android as selected, all Android device profiles will be displayed). Select the Profile that you want to apply and click Submit.
  6. You would be shown a preview on how the new Profile will look with options to APPLY or CHANGE.
  7. To confirm the change, click on APPLY.
  8. All the devices in this group will be sent a push to update to the new settings.

Device Group Level Options

Scalefusion offers group level actions that can be used to perform quick actions across the devices in the group. The options can be accessed on the Group Details page. Here click on the three vertical dots next to the Device Group name. Following options are available:

  1. Set Install Window - For Android devices, you can set an install window for the applications that you push to this device group from the enterprise store. Not Applicable to iOS devices.
  2. Rename Device Group - Change the name of the group.
  3. Delete the Device Group - Delete the device group. All devices will retain their last Device Profile and will still be in Locked state.
  4. Reboot devices - Sends a Reboot push to all devices in group.
  5. Refresh devices - Sends a push to all devices enforcing all the current policies that should be there on the device.
  6. Clear Browser Cache - This will clear the Browser Cache for Scalefusion Android Browser and ProSurf iOS Browser.

Device Subgroups

You can also create sub-groups under Device Groups. Sub-Groups can be created with any of the following two ways:

Create SubGroup at Group Listing Page

  1. Log in to Scalefusion Dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Device Management > Device Groups
  3. In the group listing page, click on the widget over the group under which sub-group has to be created.
  4. This takes you to the Sub-group creation flow (explained below)

Create SubGroup at Group Details Page

  1. Log in to Scalefusion Dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Device Management > Device Groups
  3. Click on View Details of the device group under which Sub group has to be created
  4. On this page (Group Details), scroll down and you will find a button NEW SUB GROUP. Click on it
  5. This takes you to the Sub-group creation flow (explained below)

Subgroup Creation

  1. Enter a Name for the sub group. Click on SUBMIT.
  2. Clicking on Submit takes the user to the Sub-Group Creation page which is similar to the usual group creation flow,
    1. Select Devices: The devices that don’t belong to any group will be shown
      Sub-Groups are entities which have their own devices. Hence, only those devices can be added that are not part of any other device group.
    2. Select Android Profile
    3. Select iOS Profile
    4. Select macOS Profile
    5. Select Windows Profile
      On all the above platforms, by default parent profiles are inherited unless they are assigned with a new device profile.
    6. Select Admins: Only the Admins that are not the admins of the parent group are listed here.
      The Subgroups also inherit all the admins from parent device group. More Admins can be added after Subgroup creation
  3. Click CREATE DEVICE GROUP to create the Subgroup.
  4. Once a Subgroup is created it is listed in the Group Details view, just like a Device Group

Clicking on View Details opens the Subgroup details view and has similar features that exist in a device group

Important points on Subgroups

  • A Device group can have unlimited Subgroups
  • A Subgroup can have unlimited Subgroups under it


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