I was working with a customer today and I was asked the question: “Why aren’t computers automatically grouped by OS (Linux and Windows) in OMS? Further, if computers are not automatically grouped by OS, is there an easy way to create this grouping? Like SCOM, OMS is very flexible so my canned answer to questions like these is always “we can most likely make it happen”. That said, I had not looked at his particular scenario so I was anxious to dig in and discover the answers for myself.
After a bit of investigation, I was happy to see that the new Heartbeat data does include fields for OSType, OSMajorVersion, and OSMinorVersion. Using these fields we can very easily create computer groups based on OS and OS versions. Nice!