Thursday, August 4, 2011

Windows 2008R2 and SCCM 2007 SP2 - Pt4 - Collections

If, after installing SCCM 2007 SP2, you take a look at the collections (under Computer Management), you’ll see that it’s not really up to date. Servers up to Windows 2003 and workstations up to Windows XP are available, but no Windows 2008 (r2?) or Windows 7 is present.
If you are going to delegate tasks to systems, you might want or need some more finegrained collections.

Collections are based on query’s, so in order to create a new collection for Windows 7, we’re going to do the following:

  • Rightclick Collections, New Collection
  • Name and Comment: “All Windows 7 Systems”, click next
  • Click on the yellow database icon, set name to “All Windows 7 Systems”, resource class is “System Resource” and click on Edit Query Statement.
  • Go to the tab Criteria
  • Click on the yellow icon, click on the Select button
  • Attribute Class = “System Resource”, Attribute is “Operating system name and version”, click OK
  • Operator = “is like”
  • Value = “%Workstation 6.1%” (which basically means, if you combine it with the operator “is like”, that it must contain “Workstation 6.1”)
  • Click OK, OK, Next, Finish
  • Rightclick the new “All Windows 7 Systems”, click “Update Collection Membership”, rightclick again and click refresh. The Windows 7 systems should appear.

Use your imagination to create all sort of collections you might need. Like systems with 512MB ram or less, systems with de specific type of cdromdrive, anything you can imagine.

By the way: Windows 2008 R2 would be “%Server 6.1%” as value