SCCM ConfigMgr CB How to Automatically Categorize Devices into Collections Configuration Manager? The device category is one of the new features introduced in the newest version of ConfigMgr SCCM CB.
This device category feature in SCCM CB 1606 helps to automatically add devices to device collections when you are in a hybrid scenario with SCCM and Intune.
As part of MDM enrollment, the mobile device users are required to choose a device category, once the user selects a particular device category then, that device will get added to the corresponding collection that we created in SCCM CB 1606. How does this work in the background?
Automatically Categorize Devices into Collections
There is a new membership rule in the collection called “Device Category Rule” and this is the membership rule that helps SCCM/Intune add devices to respective collections. I’ve created a quick video tutorial to show how does this works.
Once the devices are added to a collection using the device category, you want to change the category of the device (How to change the category of a device in SCCM?).
How does that work? You can change the category of a device from the SCCM CB console. In the device collections, you can see “Manage Device Categories” and this is the place you can create a new device category, edit device category, and remove device cate.
What is Device Category in SCCM ConfigMgr CB
Automatically Categorize Devices into Collections?
SCCM Device Category End User Experience
SCCM ConfigMgr CB How to Automatically Categorize Devices into Collections Configuration Manager. Choose the best category for this device:-
This category helps IT admin provide access to company resources for the devices (Different security policies for different departments etc…). After setting this category, you must contact your IT admin to change the category.
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unfortunately there are big practical issues with this feature that while it is in principle a great idea, the lack of certain key functionality makes it in practise unviable for us (and I suspect many others):
1. As it currently stands, it seems that there is no way to get devices to automatically choose a category without offering the choice to the user at enrolment time. Which is kind of what we would want for most people most of the time. You only really want the enrolment choice for people you define as special cases where they could have multiple types on offer.
2. As far as I can see (and it is hard to be sure without actually doing it in production), the moment you create any category at all, even for testing purposes and even if it is not used to populate a collection yet, any user from then on is going to be offered at the point of enrolment the screen where they have to choose between whatever categories you have created, regardless of whether they are only for testing, in development or ready for production use.So it would be hard to develop this without it being quite visible for anyone enrolling devices and potentially confusing them into picking categories that are not ready for production use yet.
Sure you can have a test CM2012 environment, however that often is of limited us unless you also have test AD and then have both kept in close production lockstep with your production environment. You would also need an additional Intune subscription just for testing and that simply is going to be a hard business case to make in a lot of organisations.