Query Based User Collections Example #2

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In this lecture, we will create a Query Rule that pulls users from AD, based upon that users AD account Properties. 

I will show you how to configure the user account properties. Then you will create the collection and the query rule.

Typical Use:

You could deploy applications directly to a collection based upon a person’s job title, or department. In this case the Department will be Engineering.

  • From your Domain Controller, open Server Manager. Then Click Tools then Click Active Directory Users and Computers. 
  • Double click the Server Academy OU. Right click on the Users OU, then click new, then click user. 
  • Go ahead and create a user. Stop the video while you do this. 
  • Double click the Users OU. Right click on the new user, then click properties, click organization, fill out the form adding job title (Job title - Engineer, Department - Engineering, Company - Server Academy.

Adding attributes to AD User Discovery Properties

For this example, lets add some attributes for User discovery: Discovery methods add quite a bit of information to the SCCM data base. Now we will add some additional information.

From the SCCM console from the Workspace, click Administration, and then from the Navigation Pane, expand Hierarchy Configuration, then click Discovery Methods.

  1. Right click “Active Directory User Discovery”, then click Properties
  2. Select the “Active Directory Attributes” tab
  3. Scroll down and in this example we will select “department“, click Add to move Department into the Selected Attributes list.
  4. Then click OK

Now we will Create a User Collection and a Query Rule

Follow the guide that came with this lecture. If you need help refer back to example 1 in the previous lecture to create your user collection and configure your Query Rule

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Creating a User Collection

  • Follow steps 1,2,3 and create a user collection, named Engineering
  • Now we’ll follow steps 4, 5, 6 to create our query rule

Criterion Type – Simple

4. Where – User resource, Department

5. Operator – is equal to

6. Value – Engineering

Now go back to Assets and Compliance, click Managers, and press F5, now the member count should be three.

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