HCL Workload Automation, Version 9.4

Creating resource groups

Using the Dynamic Workload Console, you can create resource groups to group computers, logical resources, or both. A resource group represents a logical association between computers, logical resources, or both with similar hardware or software characteristics. It is a combination of physical and logical resources to accurately match and allocate resources to job requirements when the job is submitted.

About this task

To create a resource group, perform the following steps:


  1. In the console navigation tree, expand Administration and click Create Resource Groups on Broker. The wizard helps you create a new resource group.
  2. In the Group Type Selection page, specify a name, the status, and a type for the resource group:
    1. In the Name field, type the name to be assigned to the resource group. The name must start with an alphabetical character, and can contain underscore symbols ( _ ), minus symbols (-), and periods (.). Spaces, special characters, and accented characters are not supported. This field is required.
    2. Select the Set as Offline check box to mark the resource group as not available. You can subsequently change the resource group status by expanding Scheduling Environment and selecting Resource Groups. You can then search for a resource group and modify the status.
    3. In the Select items to be grouped area, select the elements the group consists of. Supported values are computers, logical resources or both. This field is required.
    4. Click the Next button to proceed.
  3. In the Computer Search Criteria page, specify the criteria for searching available computers to be added to the resource group. In this page, you can either perform a search on all computers available in the HCL Workload Automation environment or you can search for specific computers. To search on all available computers, leave all fields blank. As an alternative, you can specify one or more of the search criteria listed below. The search criteria are cumulative; each additional information you specify further refines the search:
    • In the Host Name field, specify the host name of a computer. Wildcards are supported. The search is performed on computers with the specified host name or section of the host name. For example, if you enter test* in the Host name field, the test1 and testing host names are returned.
    • In the Logical resources already on the computer area, specify the name and type of logical resources already present on the computer, if any. In the Name field, specify the logical resource name and in the Type field specify the logical resource type. The name and type must start with an alphabetical character, and can contain underscore symbols ( _ ), minus symbols (-), or periods (.). Spaces, special characters, and accented characters are not supported.
    • In the Availability area, specify whether the computer is:
      The computer is available to be allocated.
      The computer is not available. The network might be down or the computer might be switched off.
    • In the Status area, define the status of the specified computer.
      The computer is online.
      The computer is offline. The administrator might have set the computer offline for maintenance purposes.
    • In the Hardware Characteristics area, specify the number of processors available on the computer:
      Single processor
      The computer contains one processor.
      Double processor
      The computer contains two processors.
      Multi processor
      The computer contains three or more processors.
    • In the Operating System area, specify the operating system installed on the computers for which you want to search. The search is performed only for computers with the selected operating systems. Available operating systems are:
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • AIX®
      • Oracle Solaris
      • HP-UX
      • zOS
      • IBM i
    Click Next to perform the search based on the criteria specified. The results of the search are displayed in the Computer Search Result page.
  4. In the Computer Search Result page, you specify to which computers you want to add the group you are creating. Click Next.
  5. If the resource group you are defining includes a logical resource, then the Logical Resource Search Criteria page prompts you to specify the following search criteria:
    1. The name of the logical resource.
    2. The type of logical resource.
    Click Next to display the Logical Resources Search Results page.
  6. Select the logical resource to add to the resource group you are defining and click Next to display the Summary page.
  7. In the Summary page, you can optionally remove any computer or logical resource that you included in the resource group. Click Finish to save the resource group.


The resource group has been created and can be accessed using the System Status and Health > Monitor Resource Groups on Broker task. You can perform the following operations using this task:
  • Set the online or offline status of the resource group.
  • Delete the resource group.
  • Edit the resource group specifications, including adding and removing computers and logical resources from the group, changing their online or offline status, and changing the resource group name.