Use Device Folders

To help you organize your managed Fireboxes, you can create folders in the Devices tree. With device folders, you can group your devices together to restrict VPN tunnel creation and to complete the same task for more than one device at the same time.

For most device folders, you can add, delete, and move devices from one folder to another. The exception is the Unknown Devices folder, which is reserved for Fireboxes that have been activated with RapidDeploy and then contact the Management Server. You cannot add any devices to the Unknown Devices folder, but you can move the Fireboxes from this folder to any other device folder.

For more information about RapidDeploy, see About RapidDeploy from the Management Server.

Create a Device Folder

To add a device folder:

  1. In the left navigation pane, right-click Devices and select Add New Folder.
    The Folder Properties dialog box appears.

Screen shot of the Folder Properties dialog box

  1. In the Name text box, type a descriptive name for the folder.
  2. To limit the devices that can be used for VPN tunnel endpoints to the devices in this folder, select the Restrict VPN tunnels to devices inside this folder check box.
  3. To add a contact from the Management Server customer contact list to the Contact Information list for this folder, click Contact List.
    For more information, see Manage Customer Contact Information.
  4. Click OK.
    The new folder appears in the Devices tree.

Add Devices to a Folder

You can add devices that are already under management to a folder, or you can put a device under management from a folder, which automatically puts the device in the folder.

To add a managed device to a folder:

  1. In the Devices tree, select the device.
  2. Drag the device to the folder.
    The device is moved to the folder you selected.

To add a device to management from a folder:

  1. In the Devices tree, select a folder.
  2. Right-click the folder and select Insert Device.
    The Add Device Wizard starts.
  3. Complete the wizard.
    For more information, see Add Managed Devices to the Management Server.
    The device is added to management and appears in the selected folder.

Complete Tasks for All Devices in a Folder

When Fireboxes are in a folder, you can complete some scheduled tasks for all the devices in the folder at the same time.

For more information about each task available at the folder level, see:

To schedule a task from a folder:

  1. In the Devices tree, select a folder.
  2. Right-click the folder and select an option.
    • Expire Lease
    • Schedule OS Update
    • Schedule Feature Key Synchronization
    • Schedule Reboot

The wizard starts for the option you selected.

  1. Complete the wizard.

View a Folder Device List

The Folder page for each folder includes a list of the devices in that folder, with configuration details for each device.

To see the details on the Folder page:

From the Devices tree, select a folder.
The Folder page appears with a list of all the devices in the folder.

Screen shot of the Folder page

The Folder page includes these details for each device in the folder:


The name of the device.


The name of the OS that runs on the device.


The model number of the device.


The version of OS that runs on the device.

Build Number

The OS build number for the OS version on the device.


The management mode for the device: Basic Managed or Fully Managed.

Management Tunnel

The name of the Management Tunnel for the device.


The current connection status of the device to the Management Server.

IP Address

The IP address for the device.

Last Modified

The date the configuration of the device was last modified.


The groups to which the device belongs.

Move Devices to a New Folder

From the Folder page, you can move one or more devices to a new folder at the same time.

  1. From the list of devices, select one or more devices.
  2. Right-click the selected devices and select Move to Folder.
    The Select a Folder dialog box appears.

Screen shot of the Select Folder dialog box

  1. Select a new folder.
  2. Click OK.
    The devices you selected are moved to the new folder.

You can also select a single device from a folder in the Devices tree and drag that device to a new folder.

After you have moved a device to a new folder, from the Devices tree, select the folder and verify that the device you moved appears in the list of devices on that Folder page.

See Also

About WatchGuard System Manager

About the Device Management Page

Schedule Tasks for Managed Devices