Thanks for the reply - I'm aware of the server setting as it's currently configured to 'Sort Systems on each agent-server communication' - i want this behaviour as other, non-encrypted devices are likely to move in the system tree (we sort by IP Subnet for our sites).
I'm looking just to disable sorting on laptops when they are placed into one of 2 system tree subgroups as mentioned in my earlier post. Hope this clarifies my question a bit better
Dont forget as well:
Go to System Tree and to My Organization.
Go to the tab on the right panel indicating Group Details.
See the Sorting Criteria there? You can move things up and down, and you can do that in every Organizational Group or Subgroup (here is where you set the order basicly on what you want sorted first)
Worked out my initial query - manually dragging machines into a sub-group automatically disables sorting on that device (or at least it does on my epo 5.1 server - i get a notification to indicate as such)
Maurice - your post did answer another question I was about to ask - I've now got my system tree sorting working so laptops are moved into a correct group based on the 'laptop tag' - many thanks
You are welcome, that disabled part is default even if you use the "Move" option out of the menu.
In the past I used this system even on sorting into subnets that were assigned to sites.
What doesn't hurt is to create somewhere in a large subgroup a catch-all-others (in case you or the system missed something).
In my opinion this is one of the strongest points in ePO, as you can have the system auto sort stuff to where you want policies applied. (I think on Tagging the ePO 5.1.1. already has three default tags and picking up laptops besides workstations and servers as well. I could be wrong there as only worked with the Beta version of 5.1.1 to test new EPS 10).
Good luck (dont forget to document it somewhere if having a large organization as you will get easily lost in many sorting and tagging ),