Convert dynamic collection to static



  • Colby Bouma

    I will submit an internal feature request, but I have no ETA on when/if it will be implemented.

    To help improve the chances of this being implemented, please explain your intended use case in as much detail as possible.

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  • Luke Nichols


    If you want a workaround to do this in the meantime, you could do the following:

    1. Create a report that contains only computer name
    2. Run that report against the dynamic collection that you want to convert and save as a CSV
    3. Create static collection
    4. Import computers
    5. Navigate to the CSV file

    This takes less than a minute to do. Obviously it would streamline the process if your requested feature were implemented, but at least you have a method that will work for now.

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  • Matt Ford

    My specific use case is that I work with a lot of (deepfreeze) frozen machines. A lot of times, packages/changes I push out are making changes that don't necessarily make it easy to query for (BIOS changes, remote re-image through SCCM, remotely check for security updates, etc). I do a lot of re-imaging to approximately 2000 student computers every year.

    What I usually have to do is create two collections, one static and one dynamic. The dynamic will query A/D for all computers in/under a specific OU (for example) with all my exclusions and what not. I then highlight all the machines and drag/drop them into my static collection, then delete the dynamic collection.

    I use these static collections as my "to do list". As I re-image them or modify their BIOS remotely I just remove them from the static collection since it's probably not worth the time to try and figure out an appropriate dynamic-collection-filter to distinguish between a machine that I've touched and one that I haven't yet.

    That's why I was thinking about making my initial dynamic collection and then just right-click->convert-to-static

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  • Colby Bouma

    Another workaround: Select all of the computers in your Dynamic Collection, then click New Static Collection. That will add all of the selected computers to the Members side of the window.

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