The Computers view offers three panes: navigation pane on the left, a computer list and search field pane in the center, and content pane on the right. The navigation pane contains saved searches and organizational views and groups. The computer list pane displays the computers from the selected saved search or organizational view or group. The content pane contains the flipbook, which display details about the computer or computers that you select.
The navigation pane on the left contains the Saved Searches and All Computer Views subpanes. You use the saved searches, organizational view, or organizational group in the relevant subpane to initially populate the computer list pane. When you click the double-arrows next to the saved search or organizational view or group, the content pane switches positions with the computer list pane. The content pane displays a summary of information about the operating systems and hardware manufacturers for all the computers in the search, view, or group. To view a summary of a search or organizational view or group that you create, first save the search or organizational view or group. After you save the search, view, or group, it appears in the relevant subpane with the double-arrows next to it.
For example, if you select New Computers in the Saved Searches subpane, the center pane lists all the new computers. If you want to see a summary about the computers operating systems or hardware manufacturers, you click the double-arrows next to the New Computers saved search.
The default saved searches are New Computers and Installed Agent. All other searches are custom searches that you create. In the latest version of the Symantec Management Console enhanced views, the Installed Agent saved search replaces the Managed Computers saved search. Note that in previous versions, the computers that you installed the agent on were referred to as managed computers.
The default organizational view is All Computers. The default organizational group is Virtual Machine. All other views and groups are the organizational views and groups that you create. You can create and save a search or organizational view or group. Then, you can reuse it later as a filter for targeting software, jobs and tasks, and policies.
In All Computer Views you see organizational views and groups. This information is identical to the information that you saw in the All Resources tree in the 7.0 console view, except for the Asset views. As you drill into the right-click menus in the All Computer Views subpane, you see the same dialog boxes that appeared in the 7.0 console view.
If you prefer to work within the familiar 7.0 console view, you can still navigate In the Symantec Management Console to Manage > Organizational Views and Groups. Except for Asset views, the new organizational views and groups that you create in the All Resources tree appear in the enhanced Computers view.
The computer list and search field pane in the center contains the computers from your saved search, organizational view, or organizational group. The heading of the computer list pane matches the saved search, organizational view, or organizational group that you selected to initially populate the computer list. If the saved search, view, or group does not produce the results that you want, you can use the search field to narrow or refine the list of computers. You can continue to narrow or refine your search until you find the specific computer or computers. If you like the results of your search, then you can save the search to reuse later.
The icon that is next to each computer in the search list indicates whether the computer is a physical computer or a virtual machine. The icon also indicates whether you installed a Symantec Management Agent on the computer or virtual machine.
When you select a computer from the computer list, you see an image next to the information about the computer in the flipbook. If you select a physical computer, the image indicates whether it is a workstation or a server. If you select a virtual machine, the image indicates whether it is a virtual workstation or a virtual server. Like the computer list icon, the flipbook image indicates whether you installed a Symantec Management Agent on the computer or virtual machine.
You can see information about a computer or group of computers from the computer list in the contents pane. If you do not select a computer, then the content pane displays information about the first computer in the list. If you select a computer you see information about that specific computer. If you select multiple computers, you see a summary of information about those computers.
After you select a single computer, you can use the flipbook to access more information about it. Click the links to the side or sides of the title. You can also click the title of the flipbook to access a drop-down menu, which lists all the links that are associated with the computer.
The Jobs / Tasks, Policies, and Software sections in the content pane let you view the jobs and tasks, policies, or software that apply to the selected computer or computers. A fly-out panel on the right of the content pane lists the right-click options that are associated with the selected computer or computers. You can click the pushpin icon in the upper right corner to keep the fly-out panel open.