How to manage collections in Configuration Manager

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

Use the overview information in this article to help you perform management tasks for collections in Configuration Manager.

Note

For information about how to create Configuration Manager collections, see How to create collections.

How to manage device collections

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

Show Members

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

Add Selected Items

Provides the following options:

  • Add Selected Items to Existing Device Collection: Opens the Select Collection dialog box. 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.

For more information, see How to create collections.

Install Client

Opens the Install Client Wizard. This wizard uses client push installation to install a Configuration Manager client on all computers in the selected collection. For more information, see Client push installation.

Run Script

Opens the Run Script wizard to run a PowerShell script on all of the clients in the collection. For more information, see Create and run PowerShell scripts.

Manage Affinity Requests

Opens the Manage User Device Affinity Requests dialog box. Approve or reject pending requests to establish user device affinities for devices in the selected collection. For more information, see Link users and devices with user device affinity

Clear Required PXE Deployments

Clears any required PXE boot deployments from all members of the selected collection. For more information, see Use PXE to deploy Windows over the network.

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.

Add Resources

Opens the Add Resources to Collection dialog box. Search for new resources to add to the selected collection. The icon for the selected collection displays an hourglass symbol while the update is in progress.

Client Notification

For more information, see Client notifications.

Endpoint Protection

For more information, see Client notifications.

Export

Opens the Export Collection Wizard that helps you export this collection to a Managed Object Format (MOF) file. This file can then be archived or imported at another Configuration Manager site. When you export a collection, referenced collections aren't exported. A referenced collection is referenced by the selected collection through the use of an Include or Exclude rule.

Copy

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

Refresh

Refresh the view.

Delete

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

You can't delete the collections that are built into Configuration Manager. For a list of the built-in collections, see Introduction to collections.

Simulate Deployment

Opens the Simulate Application Deployment Wizard. This wizard lets you test the results of an application deployment without installing or uninstalling the application. For more information, see How to simulate application deployments.

Deploy

Displays the following options:

  • Application: Opens the Deploy Software Wizard. Select and configure an application deployment to the selected collection. For more information, see How to deploy applications.

  • Program: Opens the Deploy Software Wizard. Select and configure a package and program deployment to the selected collection. For more information, see Packages and programs.

  • Configuration Baseline: Opens the Deploy Configuration Baselines dialog box. Configure the deployment of one or more configuration baselines to the selected collection. For more information, see How to deploy configuration baselines.

  • Task Sequence: Opens the Deploy Software Wizard. Select and configure a task sequence deployment to the selected collection. For more information, see Manage task sequences to automate tasks.

  • Software Updates: Opens the Deploy Software Updates Wizard. Configure the deployment of software updates to resources in the selected collection. For more information, see Manage software updates.

Clear Server Group Deployment Locks

Manually release all server group deployment locks for the collection. For more information, see Service a server group.

Move

Move the selected collection to another folder in the Device Collections node.

Properties

For more information, see Collection properties.

How to manage user collections

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

Note

The following actions are available on user collections, but the behaviors are the same as with device collections. Other than they apply to user collections and the users within. For more information, see the corresponding action under How to manage device collections.

  • Show Members
  • Add Selected Items
    • Add Selected Items to Existing User Collection
    • Add Selected Items to New User Collection
  • Manage Affinity Requests
  • Update Membership
  • Add Resources
  • Export
  • Copy
  • Refresh
  • Delete
  • Simulate Deployment
  • Deploy
    • Application
    • Program
    • Configuration Baseline
  • Move
  • Properties

Collection properties

When you open the Properties dialog box for a collection, view and configure the following options:

General

View and configure general information about the selected collection including the collection name and the limiting collection.

Membership Rules

Configure the membership rules that define the membership of this collection. For more information, see How to create collections.

Power Management

Configure power management plans that you've assigned to computers in the selected collection. For more information, see Introduction to power management.

Deployments

Displays any software that you've deployed to members of the selected collection.

Maintenance Windows

View and configure maintenance windows that are applied to members of the selected collection. For more information, see How to use maintenance windows.

Collection Variables

Configure variables that apply to this collection and can be used by task sequences. For more information, see How to set task sequence variables.

Distribution Point Groups

Associate one or more distribution point groups to members of the selected collection. For more information, see Manage content and content infrastructure.

Security

Displays the administrative users who have permissions for the selected collection from associated roles and security scopes. For more information, see Fundamentals of role-based administration.

Alerts

Configure when alerts are generated for client status and Endpoint Protection. For more information, see How to configure client status and How to monitor Endpoint Protection.