Weekly Tip 63

Build ConfigMgr Collection from PowerShell

There are four commands that you need to build a collection from PowerShell. You can use this set of commands to build your collection structure, if that structure is based off of another system, such as AD. Just change the commands the around to create based on OU or group names. This will need to be executed from a machine where the ConfigMgr console is installed.  The last command adds the collection to an administrative user. You can leave that one off if needed.

All of these commands are for device collections. If you are building user collections, simply change “device” in the cmdlet to “user”.

Here are the commands:

import-module ($Env:SMS_ADMIN_UI_PATH.Substring(0,$Env:SMS_ADMIN_UI_PATH.Length-5) + ‘\ConfigurationManager.psd1’)

$coll = new-cmdevicecollection -limitingcollectionID <ID of limiting collection> -name <collection name>

move-object -objectID $coll.CollectionID -folderpath <path to folder for collection>

add-cmdevicecollectionquerymembershiprule -collectionID $coll.collectionID -queryexpression <collection query> -rulename <rulename>

add-cmdevicecollectiontoadministrativeuser -administrativeusername “<domain\user>” -devicecollectionID $coll.collectionID


Collection Name: Accounting

Limiting Collection: All Windows 7 Computers (collection ID TST00010)

Folder Path: Device Collections > CONTOSO > Accounting


Collection Query: select * from SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.SystemOUName = “CONTOSO.COM/Clients/Accounting”

Collection Query Rule Name: Accounting

Collection Administrator: Accounting-Admins

import-module ($Env:SMS_ADMIN_UI_PATH.Substring(0,$Env:SMS_ADMIN_UI_PATH.Length-5) + ‘\ConfigurationManager.psd1’)

$coll = new-cmdevicecollection -limitingcollectionID “TST00010” -name “Accounting”

move-object -objectID $coll.CollectionID -folderpath “TST:\DeviceCollection\CONTOSO\Accounting”

add-cmdevicecollectionquerymembershiprule -collectionID $coll.collectionID -queryexpression ‘select * from SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.SystemOUName = “CONTOSO.COM/Clients/Accounting”‘ -rulename “Accounting”

add-cmdevicecollectiontoadministrativeuser -administrativeusername “CONTOSO\Accounting-Admins” -devicecollectionID $coll.collectionID


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