SMS: Linking a Query to a Collection Membership Rule May Not Work

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A Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0 query used as a Collection Membership rule may return invalid results for that collection, or may disappear altogether from the collection's Membership Rules window.
This behavior can occur if the query string contains a carriage return/line feed (CR/LF) character. This results in the query being removed from the collection rules when it is evaluated by SMS.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Systems Management Server version 2.0. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
236325 How to Obtain the Latest Systems Management Server 2.0 Service Pack
To work around this behavior, you can type the query string directly into the Query Statement window with no CR/LF character. For readability, you can format the query using CTRL+ENTER to move to the next line. Regular CR/LF characters are not permitted.

When you are using copy and paste functions to move existing query statements from an external source into the Query Language window, make sure that the query is on a single line when you copy it. When you paste it into the Query Language window, it is formatted to fit within the window.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Systems Management Server version 2.0 This problem was first corrected in Systems Management Server version 2.0 Service Pack 2..
To verify that a query is free of CR/LF characters:
  1. Open the query string in Notepad or past it into Notepad.
  2. On the Edit menu, make sure that the Word Wrap command is not selected (there should be no check mark).
  3. Format the query so that it appears in its entirety on the first line of the Notepad document.
  4. Select the entire query statement.
  5. On the Edit menu, click Copy.
  6. In the SMS Administrator console, create new Query properties from the Queries node.
  7. Right-click the Queries node, point to New, and then click Query.
  8. In the Name box, type the appropriate query name.
  9. On the General tab, click Edit Query Statement.
  10. In the Query Statement properties, click Show Query Language.
  11. Delete any existing text in the Query Statement window.
  12. Right-click in the Query Statement window, and then click Paste.
  13. Click OK.
  14. Click OK.
After you follow these steps, you can add the query to the collection as a Collection Membership rule
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Article ID: 234262 - Last Review: 10/21/2013 22:26:45 - Revision: 4.2

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