Creating ConfigMgr Console Folders and Collections with PowerShell

Below for reference a quick PowerShell sample for creating a query-based device collection in System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr), as well as a new folder for organizing collections in the ConfigMgr Admin console. The script then moves the new collection to the new folder. Additionally, there is demonstration of some of the options you can supply to control collection population and refresh behavior.

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Sample script for device collections

# Import ConfigMgr PowerShell module 
Import-Module $env:SMS_ADMIN_UI_PATH.Replace("\bin\i386","\bin\configurationmanager.psd1")

# Change to ConfigMgr drive, where HOU is your site code
$SiteCode = Get-PSDrive -PSProvider CMSITE
Set-Location "$($SiteCode.Name):"

# Create schedule for refreshing collection membership
$MonSched = New-CMSchedule -Start "01/01/2017 10:00 PM" -DayOfWeek Monday -RecurCount 1
# Create a new admin folder
New-Item -Name 'Server Collections' -Path "$($SiteCode.Name):\DeviceCollection"

# Define device collection we will create 
# If you want to enable incremental updating on the Collections, you can set the –RefreshType to 'Both'. 
New-CMDeviceCollection -Name "Pete Servers" -LimitingCollectionName "All Systems" `
-RefreshSchedule $MonSched -RefreshType Periodic

# Define query rule for my collection 
Add-CMDeviceCollectionQueryMembershipRule -CollectionName "Pete Servers" `
-QueryExpression "select * from SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.SystemGroupName = 'CONTOSOCORP\\Pete Servers'" `
-RuleName "PeteServerQueryRule"

#Get my new collection by name 
$MyCollection = Get-CMDeviceCollection -Name 'Pete Servers'

# Move my new collection to the new admin folder
Move-CMObject -InputObject $MyCollection -FolderPath "$($SiteCode.Name):\DeviceCollection\Server Collections"

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