Hardware Model bassed Collections in SCCM 2012 R2

Recently at work, we decided to upgrade our SCCM installtion to SCCM 2012 R2 SP1. I would call our installation a medium sized install, with about 2,000 clients.

Due to an annual upgrade cycle with our hardware providor, at any one time we have 3 different laptop and desktops to support. On top of that, we have a couple of special hardware installations where people needed higher end machines.

As you could imagine, this becomes a bit of a nightmare when managing driver updates, specific software requirements and alike.

WMI to the Rescue!!

There is a lovely class of WMI called Win32_ComputerSystem To see what information is avaliable to you, run the following in Powershell

Get-WMIObject -query "select * from Win32_ComputerSystem"

A useful section of this is model With our Lenovo workstations, we can use the Model section to determine what hardware we're dealing with.

How do we get this in SCCM

Luckily, the Hardware Inventory process of SCCM collects this information, and all we have to do is create a query against it in the Database.

Here's one of the queries I used when creating our collections

from SMS_R_System as Sys 
inner join 
    SMS_G_System_COMPUTER_SYSTEM as CompSys 
    on CompSys.ResourceID = Sys.ResourceId 
where CompSys.Model like "%20B7%"

All you'll need to do is update the Model number to suit your system.