How can I add static computers to Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) collections?

A. Typically, SMS collections are based on dynamic rules (i.e., the resources of the collections are based on the results of the queries used to build the collection). For example, a collection might contain all clients running Windows 2000, and the collection's membership is calculated at specific intervals. You can also add static machine entries to the collections by performing these steps:

  1. Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) SMS Administrator Console snap-in (Start, Programs, Systems Management Server, SMS Administrator Console).
  2. Right-click the collection for which you want to add static members and select Properties from the context menu.
  3. Select the Membership Rules tab.
  4. Click the computer icon to add a direct membership rule, as the figure shows.
  5. Click Next to start the Create Direct Membership Rule Wizard.
  6. Enter the search criteria. For example, to list all server NetBIOS names, you'd select System Resource in the "Resource class" field and Netbios Name in the "Attribute name" field, and specify a value of % (which is the wildcard character), as the figure shows. Click Next.
  7. Click Browse to select the Collection (e.g., All Systems) in which to search for systems that match the search criteria. Click Next.
  8. You'll see a list of resources that match the search criteria. Select the check boxes for the machines you want to be static members of the collection, as the figure shows. Click Next.
  9. Click Finish.
  10. The new static rule will now be displayed in the membership rules area. Click OK.
  11. Right-click the collection and select "Update collection membership". Right-click again and select Refresh to display the new member machines.

A. Typically, SMS collections are based on dynamic rules (i.e., the resources of the collections are based on the results of the queries used to build the collection). For example, a collection might contain all clients running Windows 2000, and the collection's membership is calculated at specific intervals. You can also add static machine entries to the collections by performing these steps:

  1. Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) SMS Administrator Console snap-in (Start, Programs, Systems Management Server, SMS Administrator Console).
  2. Right-click the collection for which you want to add static members and select Properties from the context menu.
  3. Select the Membership Rules tab.
  4. Click the computer icon to add a direct membership rule, as the figure shows.
  5. Click Next to start the Create Direct Membership Rule Wizard.
  6. Enter the search criteria. For example, to list all server NetBIOS names, you'd select System Resource in the "Resource class" field and Netbios Name in the "Attribute name" field, and specify a value of % (which is the wildcard character), as the figure shows. Click Next.
  7. Click Browse to select the Collection (e.g., All Systems) in which to search for systems that match the search criteria. Click Next.
  8. You'll see a list of resources that match the search criteria. Select the check boxes for the machines you want to be static members of the collection, as the figure shows. Click Next.
  9. Click Finish.
  10. The new static rule will now be displayed in the membership rules area. Click OK.
  11. Right-click the collection and select "Update collection membership". Right-click again and select Refresh to display the new member machines.
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