First published on TECHNET on Mar 04, 2019
Hello! My name is Matt Balzan and I am a PFE with the Windows and Devices team, in the UK. I was recently at a customer where they asked me if I could analyse why their collections were taking so long to evaluate (at least 4 hours!).

After digging about in their database I found they had way too many collections with Incremental Updates or collections with hardly any members in them – this resulted in a massive performance hit on their database.

In total there were:

  • over 11000 collections
  • over 8000 with fewer than 5 members or less
  • some crazy sql queries taking over an hour long to run – not good! :(

As we know SCCM logs everything in logfiles and its own . Therefore all that was required was to create a dashboard to display the following information:

  • total collections in environment (CAS or Primary standalone)
  • collections with less than 5 members (this links to a sub-report)
  • all sites collections taking less than 10 seconds to evaluate
  • all sites collections taking between 10 & 20 seconds to evaluate
  • all sites collections taking longer than 20 seconds to evaluate
  • highest collection modifier
  • weekly collection modifiers and their totals
  • collection refresh types count
  • WQL & SQL query script used per collection and more…

And here it is. See content and use explained below.


This report is split into 3 parts:

The TOP section displays the evaluation times which range from 0-10, 10-20 and 20 and above in seconds. The yellow and red charts are hyper-linked to the tables shown in the bottom section.

The MID section displays the Collection Refresh Types, Total Collections and Collections with less than 5 members, the Highest Collection Modifier plus some modifier details. The Collection Refresh Types is also hyper-linked to table in the BOTTOM section.


Tables displayed:


All tables include a legend with the following detail:

S: Site Code | ID: Collection ID | CN: Collection Name | MC: Member Changes | M: Member Count | LMCT: Last Member Change Time | CS: Current Status | Q: Query | T: Time Evaluation (seconds)

The following table shows the legend with this detail:

ID: Collection ID | CN: Collection Name | LCN: Limit To Collection Name | M: Member Count | RF: Refresh Type


This report will show you:

  • total of collections with 5 members or less
  • chart showing you all the collections with their member count total
  • table with a legend showing the following detail:

ID: Collection ID | CN: Collection Name | M: Member Count | CT: Collection Type | CS: Current Status | LCN: Limit To Collection Name | RF: Refresh Type


  1. Upload both reports in same root folder/path in your SSRS server.
  2. Update your datasource for both rdl reports.
  3. Ensure you have SELECT permissions for the tables mentioned below (or you or your DBA can use the sql script below).

GRANT SELECT ON [Collection_Rules_SQL] TO [smsschm_users]


GRANT SELECT ON [Collections_L] TO [smsschm_users]


GRANT SELECT ON [Collections_G] TO [smsschm_users]


Download the reports from here: [ Collection_Dashboard_Reports ]


  1. Using the Report Builder, you can set the report to auto refresh by applying the setting in seconds:

  1. Also, check above if your Language is set accordingly to ensure the correct date/time format! Since I am in the UK, mine is set to en-GB

Now you can start those problematic collections, begin tackling the ones that are taking too long to evaluate and investigate why the SQL/WQL queries are taking too long to return the desired data.

Hope this helps with your SCCM Collection housekeeping! In the next blog I will show you fix the issues with your collections and the to keep your environment in good shape.


++Special kudos to Ross Moore & Doug Varner for testing this in their environments!

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Matt Balzan | Premier Field Engineer | SCCM, Application Virtualisation


This article was originally published by Microsoft's ITOps Talk Blog. You can find the original article here.