Beginner Guide – How to populate device collection with the help of AD groups


I’ve wanted to try out and make guides in a video format for some time and mainly because some things is easier to show in a video and takes less time to prepare compared to writing a full blog post about it. So this is my first attempt and i will definitely changes some things for the next ones. It’s all trial and error and my first youtube video ever.


What do we want achieve?

We want to be able to link Active directory groups directly to Device collections so if we add a computer to a Active Directory group it will sync and then be added to the Device collection we linked the AD group with. It’s very simple and here’s how its done:



here’s the WQL-query mentioned in the guide


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.SecurityGroupName = "COMPANY\\Special group"



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Cheers,  Timmy