In System Center Configuration Manager 2007, you can create standard folders and search folders to organize and manage objects that you have created. By using folders, you categorize and reduce the number of objects displayed at one time. If you have a lot of objects, grouping them in folders can reduce the amount of time it takes the console to display all of them.

You can create standard folders and actually move objects into the folder, or you can create search folders, which are a virtual representation of all objects that meet your search criteria. Search folders are powerful because they update dynamically as new objects are added that meet the criteria.

Moving large numbers of objects can take a significant amount of time. Plan to move objects during off-peak hours.

When you create standard folders and search folders, they replicate down the site hierarchy.

You can create standard folders and search folders in the following console tree items in the Configuration Manager 2007 console:

You cannot create folders under the Collections item. Instead, use subcollections to organize collections and then use queries to limit those collections to achieve the same results as search folders.

Folder Replication

Folders created at the parent site will replicate to any child sites. At the child site, the folder will appear locked and the administrator will not be able to modify the folder. There is one exception, however; if the replicated folder is at the central site, it can be moved to a new location by the administrator at a child site, but only one time. If administrator at the child site wants to move the folder a second time, the administrator at the central site must delete it and recreate it.

Search Folder Time

Even though some object properties indicate UTC in the object name, UTC is not used when evaluating the search folders. Search folder time is always evaluated using local time.

Folder Security

There is an object permission called Manage Folders that allows you to create, modify, and delete folders for a class. It also allows you to move folder objects between folders, within the same security class. If a user does not have permissions to manage folders, the user can only view folders and folder objects.