For use with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager management console.  Why only three (3) this time?  Because I ran out of interest and desire to push beyond three.  I’m lazy.  Laziness is what drives automation (ironic, but true), and no sane person can argue otherwise.

(1) Hide/Show Columns

For each area of the console where information is displayed in tabular form, the column headings can be customized.  Just right-click on the column headings bar to display a popup menu to check or un-check items.

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(2) Add Resources to a Collection

When working with Direct Membership rule changes, and searching for resources, you can use wildcards and lists, and even mix them in the same entry.  For example, if you want to add devices named “DT001” up to “DT005”, you can enter “DT00_” or “DT00%”.  The underscore “_” matches any single character, while the percent symbol “%” matches anything.  This similar to using ? and * in some other search tools.

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(3) Add Resources to a Collection (cont’d)

While working with Direct Membership rule changes, and adding resources to a Collection, you can also use the ‘Advanced’ button to display the properties list and a Value box.  For example, you could search for devices within a given IP subnet, or which reside in a particular Active Directory OU.

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cheers!

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