Let’s check How to Create SCCM Dynamic Collection – Part 2. Most organizations are using Dynamic collections to deploy applications. If you ask me whether dynamic groups are best for your SCCM environment, my answer would be no.
I would rather avoid creating an SCCM dynamic collection and use the Active Directory group. More details about this topic are available in SCCM Query All Active Directory Security Groups Dynamic Collection.
SCCM Education Posts
I would recommend reading the static collection post to know more about the basics of collections, best practices, and how to create static groups.
In this post, we will go through how to create dynamic collections, organize collections, and some best practices. Also, I have uploaded a video tutorial with an audio explanation to explain all those points.
- Walkthrough of SCCM Console
- How to Promote Pre-Production SCCM Client to Production
- What is Collection? How to Create SCCM Static Collections
- How to create dynamic collections? (this post)
- Create AD Group Based SCCM Collection
How to Organize Collections?
Why do you need to organize collections? First of all, many admins create two(2) unique groups for each application. One is for the installation of the application, and the other is for the uninstallation of the application.
I don’t recommend creating two (2) collections for each app deployment (update:- more details in Microsoft blog post). With this kind of practice, you will have many groups, and you need to organize collections to manage them better.
You can create folders to organize collections to tidy up the SCCM environment. You can have folders and subfolders to have better management of groups.
I don’t think creating loads of folders will impact the performance of your environment. You can generate Collection folders based on deployments. One example is given below:-
Video Tutorial – How to SCCM Dynamic Collection?
How to Create Collection Folders and Move Collections
To create SCCM collection folders, follow the steps:-
- Right-click on Device or User Collections
- Select Folder
- Enter the Folder Name “Default Collections” (as you can see in the video tutorial)
- Click OK button
The points mentioned in the picture are just for pictorial representation of the steps, and it’s not the same as the steps mentioned above.
How to Move Collections to Folders?
We need to move the collections to different folders and between the folders to organize collections. How do you move the collections to folders? Follow the steps below:-
Select the collections which you want to move
Right Click on those selected collections
Select the Move button on right-click menu
Select the Folder from “Move Selected Items” windows
Click OK to complete the move of the collections to a particular folder
How to Create SCCM Dynamic Collection and Dynamic WQL Query?
As I explained in the video tutorial, you need to use a Query rule to create a dynamic collection. I will teach how to create an SCCM dynamic Collection in the following sections.
You can use the same method to create SCCM dynamic Device collection and dynamic User collection.
Navigate to the SCCM console – Assets and Compliance – User Collections
Right-click and select “Create User Collection” from the User Collections node
On the General page, provide a Name and a Comment. Then, in Limiting collection, choose to Browse to select a limiting collection. The collection will only contain members from the limiting collection.
On the Membership Rules page of the Create User Collection Wizard, in the Add Rule list, select the type Query Rule membership rule for this collection. You can configure multiple rules for each collection.
On the Membership Rules page of the Create User Collection Wizard, in the Add Rule list, select Query Rule.
On the Query Rule Properties windows, specify the following information: the above steps.
Building Dynamic Query
Name: Specify a unique name (my query name = User Name Starts with Anoop).
Resource class: Select the type of resource you want to search for and add to the collection. You have to select User Resource to create a Dynamic User Collection in SCCM.
Click Edit Query Statement to open the Query Statement Properties dialog box, where you can create a query to use as the rule for the SCCM dynamic collection.
On Query Statement Properties, click on the Criteria tab.
On the Criteria Properties, the dialog box Criteria value is Simple Value.
The dialog box clicks on the Select button on the Criteria Properties to open the Attribute Dialog box.
On the Attribute Dialog box, Select Attribute class as User Resource, Alias as = No Alias, and Attribute as Name. Click OK to close the Select Attribute Dialog box.
The dialog box selects Operator “is like” on the Criteria Properties.” Is Like is not the operator which gives you the best performance.
The dialog box specifies Value as “Anoop%” to create a dynamic user collection with user names starting with Anoop on the Criteria Properties.
Click OK OK OK to close all dialog boxes.
On the Membership Rule page, click on NEXT.
Click NEXT NEXT and Close to finish Create User Collection Wizard.
Best Practices – Dynamic Collections
Try to avoid wildcard (%) in WQL Queries used in dynamic collections.
Try to avoid OR conditions in WQL Queries used in dynamic collections wherever possible.
Direct Collection Rules have disadvantages as well. More details in Rogers’s post in the resources section
Check and evaluate your collections with the Collection Evaluation Viewer tool SCCM Collection Evaluation Viewer Tool Collection Eval Issue (anoopcnair.com)
Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with over 17 years of experience (calculation done in 2018). 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…..…