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Managing systems in a trusted domain from a single EPO server

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Gentlemen,

I am learning how to use Mcafee's EPO for the first time. So far so good. Now I want to manage a trusted domain on the other end of a T1 from us. The problem is that when I try to add systems from that domain, the browse button only shows the domain the EPO server is in. I assume the EPO server is looking in the same place that "My Network Places" is, and when I actually go there from a computer the other domain isn't there because I don't have a WINS server and have no need to browse the other domain. I've always been cool with that--the trust relationship works perfectly.

my question is, what is the best way to manage computers from one trusted domain from an EPO server in another trusted domain? I certainly don't want to add them manually to the system tree, and I don't want to install a separate EPO server in that domain.

Any help would be appreciated
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What you need to do is create what is called a Synchronized Group.

Just create a new group in de System Tree (under My Organization) and go to the Group tab in the right pane. Now set a Synchronization Type for that group. What this does is link your new group to a specific Active Directory domain. Set it up so that nothing is done yet, and select Remove From System Tree when a system is deleted from the synchronization point. Also, set Leave Systems in their current location.

You can choose to sync the group manually in the Synchronization Type settings or create a task under Server Tasks that will periodically syn this group for you. That is up to you but I would recommend the latter.

This is because I usually choose to use Server Tasks to sync the group every hour or so, because I can also use a Server Task to deploy the McAfee Agent to systems in a particular synchronized group. To deploy the agent to systems in the new Synchronized Group automatically, create a query that will return a table of systems in a synchronized group. Then, create a Server Task that runs this query with a subtask of deploying the Agent with the proper credentials.

Problem with this setup is that your systems that have an Agent do not get automatically sorted with System Tree Sorting and thus have an agent deployed by this Server Task every time it is ran. If you want systems to get sorted automatically (I think you do), set sorting criteria on all groups (not getting into that now), and edit your Server Task that you created for Synchronizing the Domain. Create a new subtask that runs your new query again and use it to Set Sorting Status (Enable System Tree Sorting). Now when a system has an agent that reports to the ePO Server, it will get sorted automatically.

Hope this makes sense. :)
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Very nice. I appreciate the time. This is perfect
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