How to Create an SCCM Windows 7 Collection


As of February 2012, the latest version of the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager is version 2007, so it doesn't contain a pre-configured collection for Windows 7 computers. SCCM collections are rules that, among other criteria, allow the program to identify computers running a specific operating system. You can add a new collection to SCCM that will allow it to identify Windows 7 computers by following a specific procedure.

  • Launch the Configuration Manager Console. Find a shortcut to that component in the "System Center Configuration Manager" folder inside your Start menu.

  • Right-click "Collections" in the left pane and select "New Collection."

  • Type "Windows 7 Computers" or another appropriate name in the "Name" field. Click "Next."

  • Click the "Dynamic rule" icon to create a new query rule that will help the program identify all Windows 7 computers. The icon looks like an orange rectangle.

  • Select "Edit Query Statement" and click "Show Query Language."

  • Type or copy and paste the following query in the box:

    select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from sms_r_system where OperatingSystemNameandVersion like '%Workstation 6.1%'

  • Click "OK" twice and select "Finish." You can now find your new collection under the "Collections" category in the left pane.

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