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Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

Within Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, a resource is a managed object discovered by one of the available Configuration Manager discovery methods. As such, a resource can take a variety of forms: it can be hardware such as a computer or a router, or it can be a user or a user group.

Configuration Manager 2007 divides resources into the following types, each of which has a number of attributes that can be used to describe the properties of that resource:

  • User Group resources. These consist of discovered user groups, with distinct attributes such as user group name, domain, creation date, and agent site.

  • System resources. These consist of discovered computers and IP-addressable resources, with distinct attributes such as operating system name and version, NetBIOS name, system role, and MAC address.

  • User resources. These consist of discovered users, with distinct attributes such as user name, organizational unit, and domain.

The operations you can perform on a resource vary with the type of resource. For example, if the resource has the Configuration Manager 2007 client agent installed, operations include the following:

  • Viewing hardware

  • Viewing software inventory

  • Starting remote tools

  • Distributing software packages.

If the resource is a user or a router, Configuration Manager 2007 cannot install any software agents, so the operations are more limited. Operations on non-client resources include the following:

  • Viewing the discovery information for that resource

  • Reporting on the resource

  • Grouping the resource into collections

In most cases, resources are more effectively managed and handled using collections. Depending on the resources of your organization and the membership rules governing them, these collections can be as small as a single user resource or can encompass thousands of client computers. A resource is often a member of more than one collection. For example, a client can belong to the "Engineering," "Northern California," and "All Windows XP Systems" collections.

You can define collections of resources to represent any useful groupings for your organization, such as the following:

  • Geographical area

  • IP network

  • Customer-specific departments

  • Areas of administrative responsibility

  • Computers that have a specific processor type

See Also

Concepts

About Collections

Other Resources

How to Manage Resources

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
To contact the documentation team, email SMSdocs@microsoft.com.
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