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Groups and Stations

Creating groups in LabStats is the key to getting actionable usage data.

Each station in LabStats should be organized into a group. Groups are usually set up to reflect physical spaces, like computer labs and classrooms, and allow you to run reports based on location.

Group Hierarchy Overview

You can nest groups by building names (and campus names if you have multiple campuses), which helps you stay organized and compare usage data across larger categories.

You can set up hierarchy manually and organize it in a way similar to the example below.

group hierarchy
Understanding group hierarchy


Be sure to name your groups in a way that students and faculty will recognize, as those group names will be public if you utilize LabMaps or the Remote Access Dashboard.

Related Video: LabStats 101: How to Create Groups

Creating a Group

  1. Navigate to Stations, then click Groups.
  2. Click Create Group.
  3. Enter information to create the new group.
    • Name—The name of the group.
    • Description—A brief description of the group.
    • Create In—Shows the parent group or root if no parent.
    • Contents—Choose whether the group will contain groups or stations.
    • Advanced—Change the way stations in the group are tracked.
  4. Click Save.


If a newly created group should contain other groups, a new page will load displaying the Group Details, allowing the creation of subgroups.


If a newly created group should contain stations, a new page will load allowing the creation of stations.

Group Details

The Group Details page displays the following information about the group:

  • ID—The group ID.
  • Name—The name of the group.
  • Description—The group description.
  • Belongs To—The parent group.
  • Tracking Type—This shows whether the group is tracked in Default mode or Inactivity mode.
  • Station Count—This is the number of stations in the group.
  • Assigned Schedule—This is the schedule that is applied to the group.
  • Tags—These are the tags applied to the group.
  • Links to view station pages and chart pages can also be found on the Group Details page, along with the following options:
  • Edit Group—Edit the name, description or delete the group.
  • Add Stations—If the group contains stations, the Add Stations option will be present. This will load the Add Stations page.
  • Move Group—Move the group to a new group or to the root folder.
  • Manage Hostname Definitions—View, edit or delete current hostname definitions.
  • View Stations in this Group—Return to the group’s stations list.


Clicking the Charts tab from within a group will display a pie chart for the Current Utilization of the group, showing the group’s utilization over the past 24 hours, and the most used stations and applications over the past 24 hours with their utilization percentages.

Groups with Remote Stations

For remote labs, simply add “Remote” to the name of the group. 

For dual-purpose labs, create two new groups—one for remote stations and one for in-person stations. These new groups should be created under a parent group that holds all the machines in one location (whether remote or not) so you have the ability to compare overall usage over time.

Groups for dual-purpose computer labs


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