With SCCM 2002 that was just released, a small but extremely useful feature is now available in console. It is now possible to view what boundary group a device is connected to!
This offers a new opportunity with collections based on Boundary groups, which could mean physical sites or any other meaningful needs in your environment.
I’ve created a PowerShell script that automatically creates collections based on all the available boundary groups.[alert type=”info” close=”false” heading=”Important Info”]
A few important notes on the information available here first :
- If a device is in more than one boundary group, the value is a comma-separated list of boundary group names.
- The data updates when the client makes a location request to the site, or at most every 24 hours.
- If a client is roaming and not a member of a boundary group, the value is blank.
- Information is only available on Primary sites. It is not visible on the CAS.
- SCCM must be at least version 2002. See our Step-by-step guide upgrade guide here
SCCM Powershell collection boundary groups
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Example of the result of the script[alert type=”info” close=”false” heading=”Tip”]
Add region, country, or else as a prefix in your boundary group names for easier sort.[/alert]
Collection query for boundary groups
Thanks to fellow SystemCenterDudes, Eswar Koneti, for his post about that exact query This isn’t the typical query for collections[alert type=”info” close=”false” heading=”WQL Query”]
select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.ResourceId in (select resourceid from SMS_CollectionMemberClientBaselineStatus where SMS_CollectionMemberClientBaselineStatus.boundarygroups like ‘%”<BoundaryGroupName>“%’) and SMS_R_System.Name not in (‘Unknown’) and SMS_R_System.Client = ‘1’[/alert]
Note that I use a like in the query. I’m doing so in the case of clients in multiple boundary groups. This will help in fixing potential errors in a boundary or boundary group.
A few parameters can be chosen in the script to fit your environment.
- $CollectionPrefix let you decide what, if any, characters should be at the beginning of the collection
- by default, it is set to BG –
- There is some default limiting collection options that are available, based on my previous script to create Master Collections
- Simply uncomment the desired limiting collection
- Refresh of the collection is set to once a day by default
- A new folder is created at the root of all device collections, called Boundary Groups based collection
- All new collections are moved there by default.
We also offer reports for boundary and boundary groups.
Hope this help!
For more information about this new boundary groups feature, see Microsoft docs[share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” linkedin=”true” reddit=”true” ]
Contributor of System Center Dudes. Based in Montreal, Canada, Senior Microsoft SCCM consultant, working in the industry for more than 10 years. He developed a strong knowledge of SCCM and MDT to build automated OS deployment solution for clients, managed large and complexe environment, including Point of Sale (POS) related projects.