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How to Manage Collections in Configuration Manager

Updated: July 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Use the overview information in this topic to help you perform management tasks for collections in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

noteNote
For information about how to create Configuration Manager collections, see How to Create Collections in Configuration Manager.

In the Assets and Compliance workspace, select Device Collections, select the collection to manage, and then select a management task.

Use the following table for more information about the management tasks that might require some information before you select them.

 

Management task Details More information

Show Members

Displays all of the resources that are members of the selected collection in a temporary node under the Devices node.

No additional information.

Add Selected Items

Provides the following options to perform one of the following actions:

  • Add Selected Items to Existing Device Collection – Opens the Select Collection dialog box where you can select the collection to which you want to add the members of the selected collection. The selected collection is included in this collection by using an Include Collections membership rule.

  • Add Selected Items to New Device Collection – Opens the Create Device Collection Wizard where you can create a new collection. The selected collection is included in this collection by using an Include Collections membership rule.

How to Create Collections in Configuration Manager

Install Client

Opens the Install Client Wizard which uses client push installation to install a Configuration Manager client on all computers in the selected collection.

How to Install Configuration Manager Clients by Using Client Push

Manage Affinity Requests

Opens the Manage User Device Affinity Requests dialog box where you can approve or reject pending requests to establish user device affinities for devices in the selected collection.

How to Manage User Device Affinity in Configuration Manager

Manage Out of Band

Provides the following options for using out of band management on computers in the selected collection:

  • Discover AMT Status

  • Power Control

  • Clear Audit Log

Out of Band Management in Configuration Manager

Clear Required PXE Deployments

Clears any required PXE boot deployments from all members of the selected collection.

Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager

Update Membership

Evaluates the membership for the selected collection. For collections with many members, this update might take some time to finish. Use the Refresh action to update the display with the new collections members after the update is completed.

No additional information.

Add Resources

Opens the Add Resources to Collection dialog box where you can search for new resources to add to the selected collection.

noteNote
The icon for the selected collection displays an hourglass symbol while the update is in progress.

No additional information.

Client Notification

Instructs all clients in the selected device collection to download computer policy (Configuration Manager SP1 and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager) or user policy (System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager only)

No additional information.

Endpoint Protection

Performs a full or quick antimalware scan or downloads the latest antimalware definitions to computers in the selected collection.

Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager

Export

Opens the Export Collection Wizard that helps you export this collection to a Managed Object Format (MOF) file that can then be archived or used at another Configuration Manager site.

ImportantImportant
When you export a collection, collections that are referenced by the selected collection through the use of an Include or Exclude rule are not exported.

No additional information.

Copy

Creates a copy of the selected collection. The new collection uses the selected collection as a limiting collection.

No additional information.

Delete

Deletes the selected collection. You can also delete all of the resources in the collection from the site database.

noteNote
You cannot delete the collections that are built into Configuration Manager.

For a list of the built-in collections, see Introduction to Collections in Configuration Manager.

Simulate Deployment

Opens the Simulate Application Deployment Wizard which lets you test the results of an application deployment without installing or uninstalling the application.

How to Simulate an Application Deployment in Configuration Manager

Deploy

Displays the following options:

  • Application – Opens the Deploy Software Wizard where you can select and configure an application deployment to the selected collection.

  • Program - Opens the Deploy Software Wizard where you can select and configure a package and program deployment to the selected collection.

  • Configuration Baseline – Opens the Deploy Configuration Baselines dialog box where you can configure the deployment of one or more configuration baselines to the selected collection.

  • Task Sequence - Opens the Deploy Software Wizard where you can select and configure a task sequence deployment to the selected collection.

  • Software Updates – Opens the Deploy Software Updates Wizard where you can configure the deployment of software updates to resources in the selected collection.

How to Deploy Applications in Configuration Manager

How to Deploy Packages and Programs in Configuration Manager

How to Deploy Configuration Baselines in Configuration Manager

Planning a Task Sequences Strategy in Configuration Manager

Operations and Maintenance for Software Updates in Configuration Manager

In the Assets and Compliance workspace, select User Collections, select the collection to manage, and then select a management task.

Use the following table for more information about the management tasks that might require some information before you select them.

 

Management task Details More information

Show Members

Displays all of the resources that are members of the selected collection in a temporary node under the Users node.

No additional information.

Add Selected Items

This option lets you perform one of the following actions:

  • Add Selected Items to Existing User Collection – Opens the Select Collection dialog box where you can select the collection to which you want to add the members of the selected collection. The selected collection is included in this collection by using an Include Collections membership rule.

  • Add Selected Items to New User Collection – Opens the Create User Collection Wizard where you can create a new collection. The selected collection is included in this collection by using an Include Collections membership rule.

How to Create Collections in Configuration Manager

Manage Affinity Requests

Opens the Manage User Device Affinity Requests dialog box where you can approve or reject pending requests to establish user device affinities for users in the selected collection.

How to Manage User Device Affinity in Configuration Manager

Update Membership

Evaluates the membership for the selected collection. For collections with many members, this update might take some time to finish. Use the Refresh action to update the display with the new collections members after the update is completed.

noteNote
The icon for the selected collection displays an hourglass symbol while the update is in progress.

No additional information.

Add Resources

Opens the Add Resources to Collection dialog box where you can search for new resources to add to the selected collection.

No additional information.

Export

Opens the Export Collection Wizard that helps you to export this collection to a Managed Object Format (MOF) file that can then be archived or used at another Configuration Manager site.

ImportantImportant
When you export a collection, collections that are referenced by the selected collection through the use of an Include or Exclude rule are not exported.

No additional information.

Copy

Creates a copy of the selected collection. The new collection uses the selected collection as a limiting collection.

No additional information.

Delete

Deletes the selected collection. You can also delete all of the resources in the collection from the site database.

noteNote
You cannot delete the collections that are built into Configuration Manager.

For a list of the built-in collections, see Introduction to Collections in Configuration Manager.

Simulate Deployment

Opens the Simulate Application Deployment Wizard which lets you test the results of an application deployment without installing or uninstalling the application.

How to Simulate an Application Deployment in Configuration Manager

Deploy

Displays the following options:

  • Application – Opens the Deploy Software Wizard where you can select and configure an application deployment to the selected collection.

  • Program - Opens the Deploy Software Wizard where you can select and configure a package and program deployment to the selected collection.

  • Configuration Baseline – Opens the Deploy Configuration Baselines dialog box where you can configure the deployment of one or more configuration baselines to the selected collection.

How to Deploy Applications in Configuration Manager

How to Deploy Packages and Programs in Configuration Manager

How to Deploy Configuration Baselines in Configuration Manager

When you open the Properties dialog box for a collection, you can view and configure the following properties for a collection.

 

Tab name More information

General

Lets you view and configure general information about the selected collection including the collection name and the limiting collection.

Membership Rules

Lets you configure the membership rules that define the membership of this collection. For more information, see How to Create Collections in Configuration Manager.

Power Management

Lets you configure power management plans that are assigned to computers in the selected collection. For more information, see Power Management in Configuration Manager.

Deployments

Displays any software that has been deployed to members of the selected collection.

Maintenance Windows

Lets you view and configure maintenance windows that are applied to members of the selected collection. For more information, see How to Use Maintenance Windows in Configuration Manager.

Collection Variables

Lets you configure variables that apply to this collection and can be used by task sequences. For more information, see How to Manage Task Sequences in Configuration Manager.

Out of Band Management

If an out of band service point is installed, this option enables members of the selected collection for provisioning for AMT-based computers. For more information, see Out of Band Management in Configuration Manager.

Distribution Point Groups

Lets you associate one or more distribution point groups to members of the selected collection. For more information, see Content Management in Configuration Manager.

Security

Displays the administrative users who have permissions for the selected collection from associated roles and security scopes.

Monitor

Lets you configure when alerts are generated for client status and Endpoint Protection. For more information, see How to Configure Client Status in Configuration Manager and How to Configure Alerts for Endpoint Protection in Configuration Manager.

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for Configuration Manager.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. For instructions and examples, see Search the Configuration Manager Documentation Library.
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