How to Create Boundary Groups in ConfigMgr | SCCM Boundaries

Let’s learn how to create boundary groups in ConfigMgr world. Boundary groups are network parameters of SCCM device management. If you don’t have any boundary groups (except the Default site boundary group) in Configuration Manager, you are managing any devices!

I have explained PowerShell options to create SCCM Boundary and Boundary Groups in the following post – Export Backup SCCM Boundaries and Boundary Groups.

Introduction

The ConfigMgr Boundaries define network locations on your intranet. You can manage only devices within these network boundaries. The following are the supported boundary types:

  • IP subnet
  • Active Directory site name
  • IPv6 prefix
  • IP address range
  • VPN (ConfigMgr 2006 onwards)

The boundaries are useless if they are not part of a logical grouping called Boundary groups. ConfigMgr boundary groups are logical groups of boundaries that you configure.

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NOTE! – Although each SCCM boundary group supports both site assignment and site system reference, create a separate set of boundary groups to use only for site assignment. Avoid overlapping boundaries for automatic site assignment.

ConfigMgr Boundary groups vs  Boundaries Create Boundary Groups in ConfigMgr
ConfigMgr Boundary groups vs. Boundaries – Create Boundary Groups in ConfigMgr.

Create Boundaries

Let’s check how to create Boundaries in SCCM.

  • Launch Configuration Manager Console
  • Navigate \Administration\Overview\Hierarchy Configuration\Boundaries
  • Right-click on the Boundaries node
  • Select Create New Boundary
 SCCM Create New Boundary - Create Boundary Groups in ConfigMgr
SCCM Create New Boundary

This is where you need to get the IP range or AD Site or IP Subnet details to create SCCM boundaries. There are different options to create boundaries.

  • Select General tab
  • Configure the setting for the boundary
    • Enter Description– Name of the Boundary – Production Win 10
    • Select Type of the boundary as IP address Range
    • Starting IP address – 10.1.0.9
    • Ending IP Range – 10.1.0.9
    • Click OK to complete the ConfigMgr Boundary creation process
Configure setting for the boundary - ConfigMgr
Configure setting for the boundary – ConfigMgr

Create Boundary Groups

Let’s learn how to create boundary groups and how to configure the boundary groups.

  • Navigate to \Administration\Overview\Hierarchy Configuration\Boundary Groups
  • Right-click on the Boundary Groups node
  • Select Create New Boundary Group to create a new group

NOTE! – Do not use the Default boundary group, which is already their Default Boundary Group.

Create New Boundary Group to create new group - Create Boundary Groups in ConfigMgr
Create a New Boundary Group to create a new group – Create Boundary Groups in ConfigMgr.
  • Enter the Name of Boundary Group – Production Win 10
  • Enter the Description of Boundary Group – “Add the Boundaries of Production Win10 devices”
  • Click on ADD button to add the existing boundaries to this boundary group
Click on ADD button to add the existing boundaries - Create Boundary Groups in ConfigMgr
Click on ADD button to add the existing boundaries – Create Boundary Groups in ConfigMgr.
  • Select Boundaries to add to this boundary group
  • A search of Boundaries from the search box
  • Select the boundary which is created above
    • Boundary Type – IP Range 10.1.0.9- 10.1.0.9
  • Click OK to continue
Select Boundaries to add to this boundary group
Select Boundaries to add to this boundary group

You can select the site assignment from this page, and this is very important to define the SCCM client behavior and architecture of SCCM.

  • Click the REFERENCES tab from Create Boundary Group
  • Site Assignment
    • Select Use this Boundary group for the site assignment option
    • Assignment Site – Select the Primary Site from drop-down list
  • Click Add button Select Site System Server
Click REFERENCES tab from Create Boundary Group - Create Boundary Groups in ConfigMgr
Click the REFERENCES tab from Create Boundary Group – Create Boundary Groups in ConfigMgr.

This is where you have to configure the SCCM site systems associated with this particular boundary group.

  • Select the site systems to associate with this boundary group from Add Site Systems window
  • Select Site Systems:
    • Select Server Name – \CMMEMCM.memcm.com
  • Click OK to continue
Select the site systems to associate with this boundary group
Select the site systems to associate with this boundary group

Click OK to complete the Boundary Groups creation

Create Boundary Groups in ConfigMgr - Completed
Create Boundary Groups in ConfigMgr – Completed

Confirmation Boundary Groups

Let’s check HMAN.log to check whether Boundary Group details are published in Active Directory. This publishing is possible only if you have extended the Active Directory for SCCM.

Searching for SMS-MEM-167837705-167837705 Ranged Roaming Boundary Object.
SMS-MEM-167837705-167837705 doesn't exist, creating it.
SMS-MEM-167837705-167837705 successfully created.
STATMSG: ID=4911 SEV=I LEV=M SOURCE="SMS Server" COMP="SMS_HIERARCHY_MANAGER" SYS=CMMEMCM.MEMCM.COM SITE=MEM PID=3716 TID=4060

Let’s run some more checks with ADSI EDIT to get confirmation of Boundary Groups into your active directory (only if you extended the Active directory).

mSSMSRangedIPHigh & mSSMSRangedIPLow - Create Boundary Groups in ConfigMgr
mSSMSRangedIPHigh & mSSMSRangedIPLow – Create Boundary Groups in ConfigMgr

Logs

Hman.log to understand boundary group and boundary publishing details.

Update site server active directory information into DB
Detected Boundary change.
Publishing site objects in AD Forest htmd.com
Searching for SMS-HT1-167903236-167903242 Ranged Roaming Boundary Object.
SMS-HT1-167903236-167903242 doesn't exist, creating it.
SMS-HT1-167903236-167903242 successfully created.
STATMSG: ID=4911 SEV=I LEV=M SOURCE="SMS Server" COMP="SMS_HIERARCHY_MANAGER" SYS=HTMDSCCM.HTMD.COM SITE=HT1 PID=3668 TID=6052 GMTDATE=Sat Jun 20 13:08:57.754 2020 ISTR0="SMS-HT1-167903236-167903242" ISTR1="htmd.com" ISTR2="" ISTR3="" ISTR4="" ISTR5="" ISTR6="" ISTR7="" ISTR8="" ISTR9="" NUMATTRS=0
StateTable::CState::Handle - (4911:1 2020-06-20 13:08:57.754+00:00) >> (0:0 2020-06-06 15:13:47.695+00:00)

Results – How to Create Boundary Groups in ConfigMgr | SCCM Boundaries

So we have completed the SCCM boundary creation and SCCM boundary Group creation!. Now you are ready to Install SCCM clients to Windows 10 production computers. Install SCCM Client Manually Using Command-Line.

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Anoop C Nair is Microsoft MVP! He is a Device Management Admin with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc.

6 thoughts on “How to Create Boundary Groups in ConfigMgr | SCCM Boundaries”

  1. Creating a Boundary Group for a DP…under the References tab at the bottom where it says Site System Servers. Do I had our Site System server or should I add the DP server since this boundary group is for that DP?

    Thank you

    Reply
      • Thanks you. If we are reusing a DP server from our old SCCM server, should I renamed the SCCMContentLib directory on the DP server or will the new SCCM overwrite that directory?

      • Thank you. Unrelated to the article, does the Site server need to be a Distribution Point? I’m not sure how the role got installed through the setup process. Under Monitoring – Distribution Status – Distribution Point Configuration Status, I see the Site server is listed.

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