| Important - When creating a collection, do not check the "Use incremental updates for this collection" box. Collections will update regularly, and can also be manually updated by right-clicking and selecting "Update Membership".
The newly created collection will soon populate with Windows 7 endpoints. This can be confirmed via the "Operating System" and "Build" columns within the device collection view.
This collection can now be used to monitor the number of Windows 7 endpoints in your environment, and to deploy task sequences to upgrade these endpoints to Windows 10 if desired.
Note that the above query can be modified to meet other criteria. See the table
(have to log in) at the bottom of this article for other common OS build numbers.
Queries can also be used to identify endpoints that meet specific criteria, and return attributes that are not included in the standard collection view. EPS has provided a query for identifying Windows 7 endpoints that can be run against a collection, under "\Monitoring\Overview\Queries\Windows 7 Check".
This query may also be copied and modified to include additional criteria, and/or return additional attributes, via "Edit Query Statement" in the query's properties. Attributes can be edited under the "General" tab, and criteria under "Criteria".
Query results can be selected and copied into an external application such as Excel, but are intended to provide a quick in-console summation of results. See this article
for more information.
Reports can be run on-demand or subscribed to on a schedule. They are a useful means of obtaining data external to the MECM console. Report data may be exported to the following formats:
Two reports that can be used to identify endpoints by Operating System within a collection, under "\Monitoring\Overview\Reporting\Reports\Useful Reports, are":
Count devices in collection by OS version: Provides a tally of endpoints by discovered OS major and minor versions. Each may be drilled down into to provide more detailed information about the endpoints themselves.
Devices with a specific OS version by collection:
Provides information on endpoints that match a specified OS version within a designated collection. For example, to identify endpoints with Windows 7, enter "6.1%" into the "version (% as a wildcard)" field. Other Operating System version numbers can be found in the table
at the end of this article. Note that as build numbers share commonalities across Operating Systems (Server, Embedded, etc), the resultant report may need to be filtered to achieve desirable results.
Reports may be run from within the console, or via website. To subscribe to a report from the MECM Console:
Right-click the desired report and select "Create subscription".
Select a delivery method from the "Report delivered by:" drop-down.
Fill in the required fields, and any additional fields as desired.
- Select whether to include a link to the report, and/or the report itself from the respective check-boxes.
- Select the desired report format from the "Render Format:" drop-down.
- Click "Next", and configure the schedule as desired.
- Click "Next", and configure the report criteria as prompted.
- Complete the wizard.
Active subscriptions can be managed under "\Monitoring\Overview\Reporting\Subscriptions".