A member of the Swedish System Center User Group, also known as SCUG, asked for some help with updating all the collections that had membership queries matching a specific pattern/text. I figured that I'd give it a try in my lab environment and see if I was able to assist with this request. The problem the member was facing concentrated about a migration project they were working on where part of the WQL query statement would have to be amended, e.g. you would like to replace a Domain name in the query or perhaps a group name. I ended up with a script that I sent to the member and thought that I'd share here as well.


The full documentation for this script can be found on my blog.






    Amends Membership Query Rules for all collections in Configuration Manager 2012. 
    Use this script if you need to amend parts of the WQL query statement of Membership Query Rules on all collections in Configuration Manager 2012.  
    The script is built to enumerate all collections in SMS_Collections and amend those Rules that are detected as Query Rules only if the the  
    string specified for Match parameter is matched in the QueryExpression property.     
.PARAMETER SiteServer 
    Primary Site server name 
    Value in WQL query statement to locate 
    Value in WQL query statement to replace the found value with 
.PARAMETER UpdateMembership 
    When specified a collection membership update cycle will be invoked for the current collection being processed if it's about to be amended 
    Update all Collection Membership Query Rules that matches 'CONTOSO' in the WQL query statement with 'FABRIKAM' on a Primary Site server called 'CM01': 
    .Update-CMCollectionQueryRule.ps1 -SiteServer CM01 -Locate "CONTOSO" -Replace "FABRIKAM" 
    Script name: Update-CMCollectionQueryRule.ps1 
    Author:      Nickolaj Andersen 
    Contact:     @NickolajA 
    DateCreated: 2014-10-24 
    [parameter(Mandatory=$true, HelpMessage="Site server where the SMS Provider is installed")] 
    [ValidateScript({Test-Connection -ComputerName $_ -Count 2})] 
    [parameter(Mandatory=$true, HelpMessage="Value in WQL query statement to look for")] 
    [parameter(Mandatory=$true, HelpMessage="Value in WQL query statement to replace the matched value with")] 
    [parameter(Mandatory=$false, HelpMessage="When specified a collection membership update cycle will be invoked for the current collection being processed if it's about to be amended")] 
Begin { 
    # Get current location 
    $CurrentLocation = Get-Location 
    # Determine SiteCode from WMI 
    try { 
        Write-Verbose "Determining SiteCode for Site Server: '$($SiteServer)'" 
        $SiteCodeObjects = Get-WmiObject -Namespace "root\SMS" -Class SMS_ProviderLocation -ComputerName $SiteServer 
        foreach ($SiteCodeObject in $SiteCodeObjects) { 
            if ($SiteCodeObject.ProviderForLocalSite -eq $true) { 
                $SiteCode = $SiteCodeObject.SiteCode 
                Write-Debug "SiteCode: $($SiteCode)" 
    catch [Exception] { 
        Throw "Unable to determine SiteCode" 
Process { 
    Write-Verbose -Message "Enumerating all Collections" 
    $Collections = Get-WmiObject -Namespace "root\SMS\site_$($SiteCode)" -Class SMS_Collection -ComputerName $SiteServer 
    foreach ($Collection in $Collections) { 
        Write-Verbose -Message "Processing Collection: '$($Collection.Name)'" 
        # Get instance and it's lazy properties 
        foreach ($Rule in $Collection.CollectionRules) { 
            if ($Rule.__CLASS -like "SMS_CollectionRuleQuery") { 
                if ($Rule.QueryExpression -match $Locate) { 
                    Write-Verbose -Message "Rule '$($Rule.RuleName)' has been validated as a matched QueryRule" 
                    $NewQueryExpression = $Rule.QueryExpression -replace "$($Locate)","$($Replace)" 
                    $NewRuleName = $Rule.RuleName 
                    Write-Verbose -Message "Stored the values from rule '$($Rule.RuleName)' in memory" 
                    # Delete the matched QueryRule by calling the DeleteMembershipRule method 
                    if ($PSCmdlet.ShouldProcess("RuleName: '$($Rule.RuleName)'","DeleteMembershipRule")) { 
                        $RemoveRule = $Collection.DeleteMembershipRule($Rule) 
                    if ($RemoveRule.ReturnValue -eq 0) { 
                        Write-Verbose -Message "Rule '$($Rule.RuleName)' was successfully removed" 
                    else { 
                        Throw "Unable to remove current rule '$($Rule.RuleName)'" 
                    # Create a new QueryRule by creating a new instance in the SMS_CollectionRuleQuery class with amended properties from the deleted QueryRule 
                    Write-Verbose -Message "Stored QueryRule expression: `n$($Rule.QueryExpression)" 
                    try { 
                        if ($PSCmdlet.ShouldProcess("RuleName: '$($NewRuleName)'","CreateMembershipRule")) { 
                            $NewRule = ([WmiClass]"\\$($SiteServer)\root\SMS\site_$($SiteCode):SMS_CollectionRuleQuery").CreateInstance() 
                            $NewRule.QueryExpression = $NewQueryExpression 
                            $NewRule.RuleName = $NewRuleName 
                            $Collection.CollectionRules = $NewRule 
                            $Collection.Put() | Out-Null 
                            if (($Collection.CollectionRules | Where-Object { ($_.RuleName -like "$($NewRuleName)"-and ($_.__CLASS -like "SMS_CollectionRuleQuery") } | Measure-Object).Count -eq 1) { 
                                Write-Verbose -Message "Amended QueryRule expression: `n$($NewQueryExpression)" 
                                Write-Verbose -Message "Successfully created a new QueryRule named '$($NewRuleName)' on collection '$($Collection.Name)'" 
                                # Update Collection Membership if UpdateMembership parameter is specified 
                                if ($PSBoundParameters["UpdateMembership"]) { 
                                    $InvokeMethod = $Collection.RequestRefresh() 
                                    if ($InvokeMethod.ReturnValue -eq 0) { 
                                        Write-Verbose -Message "Invoking Collection Membership Update method for Collection: $($Collection.Name)" 
                                    else { 
                                        Write-Warning -Message "Failed to invoke Collection Membership Update method for Collection: $($Collection.Name)" 
                    catch { 
                        Throw "Failed to create a new QueryRule instance"