Use the New Windows Deployment Collection Wizard to create a static Configuration Manager 2007 collection that will contain only computers that meet an administrator's specified criteria. You can then create and assign a Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP operating system image to the new custom collection. For more information about creating an operating system image, see Planning for Operating System Deployment.
You do not have to specify any selection criteria to complete this wizard. However, if you do not specify any selection criteria, the collection will contain no members. Use the following procedure to create a custom collection to deploy the Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP operating system.
To create a custom collection for a Windows deployment
In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Computer Management / Application Compatibility Toolkit Connector.
In the Actions pane, select New Windows Deployment Collection to open the New Windows Deployment Collection Wizard. You can also click Actions, and then click New Windows Deployment Collection.
On the General page, in the Name box, type a unique name for the new collection. Also provide an optional comment that will be used to identify this collection in the Comment window. Click Next.
Use the Selection Criteria page to specify the Windows system requirements that must be met to be included in this collection. Click Browse to open the Browse Collection dialog box and select the collection that will be searched for computers that meet the requirements specified. Select the collection and click OK. You can also configure the following requirements that must be met to be included in the new collection:
- Select an operating system – Select this option to
define the operating system, for example, Windows7 or Windows
Vista, for this Windows deployment collection.
- System Requirements - Select this option to define the
collection membership requirements for the general Windows system
requirements. If member computers must meet the minimum system
requirements, select Minimum System Requirements. If the
member computers must meet the recommended system requirements,
select Recommended System Requirements.
- Device Driver Availability - Select this option to
define the collection membership requirements for device driver
availability. If only computers that require device drivers
contained with the Windows installation should be added, select
Available in Windows. To include computers that can obtain
device drivers from the driver catalog or contained with the
Windows installation, select Available in the driver catalog or
- Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) Status - Select
this option to define the collection membership requirements based
on ACT application status. To include only computers that do not
have any known Windows application compatibility issues according
to ACT, select My Assessment status of Ready. To include
computers with known minor Windows application compatibility issues
and no known Windows application compatibility issues, select My
Assessment status of Read or Minor Issues.
- Click Next.
- Select an operating system – Select this option to define the operating system, for example, Windows7 or Windows Vista, for this Windows deployment collection.
On the Security page, specify the security rights that will be assigned to this collection, and then click Next to complete the wizard.
On the Confirmation page, click Close to close the wizard.