User Collections configuration

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Joshua Lamb
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The Collections feature will allow administrators to group users and apply specific policies, schedules, and block pages to users within a collection on a granular level. Reports and query logs can also be filtered on a per-collection basis, to enable more detailed reporting and troubleshooting.

User Collections simplify having to assign different policies to different groups of users.

For example, use a Collection to assign Policy A to Marketing and Policy B to Executives, rather than going into each roaming client or User (Deployment > Users) and changing the policy one-by-one.

For Active Directory organizations, when you sync with our Active Directory Sync Tool, it will migrate your pre-made groups from Active Directory into the Collection tab in your DNSFilter dashboard.

Creating a Collection

To place users into a collection, you must first create a collection and add organization users to the collection.

  1. Navigate to Deployments > Collections.
  2. Click the New Collection button.
  3. Provide a Name and optional Description for the new collection and click the Add Collection button.
  4. On the next page, choose which users or groups of users you wish to add to the collection. As you select users, your selection is automatically saved.
  5. Anytime you change the collection name or configuration, click the Update Collection button to save your changes.
  6. Navigate back to the Collections page you will now see your new collection and you may apply a specific policy and/or block page to your new collection.

If no Policy/Schedule or Block Page is selected, the collection will inherit the settings from the Roaming Client policy.

Each Collection has a priority. The priority can be changed by using the drag-and-drop icon on the far left of each Collection. If a user belongs to multiple collections, the Policy and Block Page applied will be that of the collection with the highest priority.

Collection Priorities

A user can belong to one or many collections. Priority of the "Collection" is used to determine which policy takes priority for a specific user. We do not "layer" the policies. The highest priority collection a user is assigned to dictates the single policy applied to that user's web traffic.

A user can belong to multiple groups using collections. So you might be John Smith in Support, but also John Smith in the UK Employees group. If those are both collections, you can set it up so that Support has a more relaxed policy with higher precedence.


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