Device Document

Click a device name to get the information related to that device including its properties, status, relevant content, deployment status, history, and much more. Drill further into device details by using the associated views.

As a BigFix Operator, you can view the Device document. Device document provides information gathered from various sources.

The following image shows the device document page of a device.
Device document

Document views

The tabs in the device document page displays different views as follows:
  • Device Information – Displays general information of the device.
  • Custom – Displays custom content relevant to this device.
  • Deployments – Deployment history for this device.
  • Patches – Patches relevant to this device.
    Note: The tab shows only patches coming from the sites managed in the Patch List; other patches can be reached from the Content menu.
  • Software – Software relevant to this device.
Important: An operator’s permission settings govern the views that are displayed. For example, an operator without access to custom content cannot see the Custom view.

Customize the layout of the device document page

The default view displays property groups under Property Index and the set of properties in the Device properties box.
Device properties

In the device document, you can customize the display of Property Index and Device properties through Manage property group or Add/Remove properties.

Customize device document
Manage properties group
Click this link to modify the default properties groups displayed under Property Index. You can add as many property groups as you wish. The added property groups are appended to the Property Index box. You can expand or collapse Property Index to view the side navigation. If you click on a property group, it automatically scrolls to bring up that property group in focus.
  • Add a property group: To add a property group, click the Manage property group link, select the checkbox next to a property group, and click OK.
    Manage properties group
  • Remove a property group: To remove a property group, click on the X at the top right of that box and click OK for confirmation.
    Property group
Add/Remove Properties
Click this link to display the list of available properties and select or deselect the ones that you want to add or remove in the device properties view. From here, you can also add or remove custom properties. If you want to go back to default display, click Restore default properties. Upon confirmation, the default view is reset.

Trigger actions

From the device document page, you can trigger actions that are relevant to the device. When you click the action buttons, they display the options based on the type of the device and the permissions of the user.

  • Deploy: Click the Deploy button to deploy custom content, patch, profile, software.
  • Administration: Click the Install button to send refresh or install the agent.
  • Configuration: Click the Configure button to issue a query, send a file, or send a message to this device.


The Activities section of the device document page provides the links for critical vulnerabilities and failed deployments applicable for the device. Clicking on the links takes you to the pre-filtered list of relevant patches or deployments.

  • Critical Vulnerabilities – Brings you to the Patches tab pre-filtered by critical and applicable to this device.
  • Failed Deployments – Brings you to the Deployments tab pre-filtered by deployment status.

Device Summary

The Device Summary section of the device documents provides a recap of the most relevant properties related to the device.