How to create queries in System Center Configuration Manager
Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)
You can use this topic to help you create or import queries in System Center Configuration Manager.
How to create queries
Use this procedure to help you create queries in Configuration Manager.
To create a query
In the Configuration Manager console, choose Monitoring.
In the Monitoring workspace, choose Queries. Then, on the Home tab, in the Create group, choose Create Query.
On the General tab of the Create Query Wizard, specify a unique name and an optional comment for the query.
If you want to import an existing query to use as a basis for the new query, choose Import Query Statement. In the Browse Query dialog box, select an existing query that you want to import, and then choose OK.
In the Object Type list, select the type of object that you want the query to return. The following table describes some examples of the type of object you can search for:
Object type Description System Resource Use to search for typical system attributes, such as the NetBIOS name of a device, the client version, the client IP address, and Active Directory Domain Services information. User Resource Use to search for typical user information, such as user names, user group names, and security group names. Deployment Use to search for typical attributes of a deployment, such as the deployment name, the schedule, and the collection that it was deployed to.
Choose Edit Query Statement to open the <Query Name> Statement Properties dialog box.
On the General tab in the <Query Name> Statement Properties dialog box, specify the attributes that this query returns and how they are to be displayed. Choose the New icon to add a new attribute. You can also choose Show Query Language to enter or edit the query directly in WMI Query Language (WQL). For examples of WMI queries, see the Example WQL queries section in this topic.
On the Criteria tab of the <Query Name> Statement Properties dialog box, specify criteria that are used to refine the results of the query. For example, you could return only resources that have a site code of XYZ in the query results. You can configure multiple criteria for a query.
If you create a query that contains no criteria, the query will return all devices in the All Systems collection.
On the Joins tab in the <Query Name> Statement Properties dialog box, you can combine data from two different attributes into your query results. Although Configuration Manager automatically creates query joins when you choose different attributes for your query result, the Joins tab provides more advanced options. The attribute classes that System Center 2012 Configuration Manager supports are shown in the following table:
Join type Description Inner Displays only matching results—always used by joins that are created automatically. Left Displays all results for the base attribute and only the matching results for the join attribute. Right Displays all the results for the join attribute and only the matching results for the base attribute. Full Displays all the results for both the base attribute and the join attribute.
For more information about how to use join operations, see your SQL Server documentation.
Choose OK to close the <Query Name> Statement Properties dialog box.
On the General tab of the Create Query Wizard, specify whether the results of this query aren't limited to the members of a collection, whether they are limited to the members of a specified collection, or whether there is a prompt for a collection each time the query is run.
Complete the wizard to create the query. The new query is displayed in the Queries node in the Monitoring workspace.
How to import queries
Use this procedure to help you import a query into Configuration Manager. For information about how to export queries, see How to manage queries in System Center Configuration Manager.
To import a query
In the Configuration Manager console, choose Monitoring.
In the Monitoring workspace, choose Queries. On the Home tab, in the Create group, choose Import Objects.
On the MOF File Name page of the Import Objects Wizard, choose Browse to select the Managed Object Format (MOF) file that contains the query that you want to import.
Review information about the query to be imported and then complete the wizard. The new query is displayed on the Queries node in the Monitoring workspace.
Example WQL queries
This section contains example WMI queries that you can use in your hierarchy or modify for other purposes. To use these queries, choose Show Query Language in the Query Statement Properties dialog box. Then, copy and paste the query into the Query Statement field.
Use the wildcard character
% to signify any string of characters. For example,
%Visio% returns Microsoft Office Visio 2010.
Computers that run Windows 7
Use the following query to return the NetBIOS name and operating system version of all computers that run Windows 7.
To return computers that run Windows Server 2008 R2, change
%Workstation 6.1% to
select SMS_R_System.NetbiosName, SMS_R_System.OperatingSystemNameandVersion from SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.OperatingSystemNameandVersion like "%Workstation 6.1%"
Computers with a specific software package installed
Use the following query to return the NetBIOS name and software package name of all computers that have a specific software package installed. This example displays all computers with a version of Microsoft Visio installed. Replace
%Visio% with the software package that you want to query for.
This query searches for the software package by using the names that are displayed in the programs list in Windows Control Panel.
select SMS_R_System.NetbiosName, SMS_G_System_ADD_REMOVE_PROGRAMS.DisplayName from SMS_R_System inner join SMS_G_System_ADD_REMOVE_PROGRAMS on SMS_G_System_ADD_REMOVE_PROGRAMS.ResourceId = SMS_R_System.ResourceId where SMS_G_System_ADD_REMOVE_PROGRAMS.DisplayName like "%Visio%"
Computers that are in a specific Active Directory Domain Services organizational unit
Use the following query to return the NetBIOS name and organizational unit (OU) name of all computers in a specified OU. Replace the text
OU Name with the name of the OU that you want to query for.
select SMS_R_System.NetbiosName, SMS_R_System.SystemOUName from SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.SystemOUName = "OU Name"
Computers with a specific NetBIOS name
Use the following query to return the NetBIOS name of all computers that begin with a specific string of characters. In this example, the query returns all computers with a NetBIOS name that begins with
select SMS_R_System.NetbiosName from SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.NetbiosName like "ABC%"
Devices of a specific type
Device types are stored in the Configuration Manager database under the resource class sms_r_system and the attribute name AgentEdition. Use the following query to retrieve only the devices that match the agent edition of the device type that you specify:
Select SMS_R_System.ClientEdition from SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.ClientEdition = <Device ID>
Use one of the following values for <Device ID>:
|Device type||Value of AgentEdition|
|Windows desktop or laptop computer||0|
|Windows ARM-based device (running Windows RT)||1|
|Windows Mobile 6.5||2|
|Unix and Linux servers||13|
For example, if you want the query to return only Mac computers, use the following query:
Select SMS_R_System.ClientEdition from SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.ClientEdition = 5