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Prompted Query to find machines based on MAC address

Prompted Query to find machines based on MAC address

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One of my customers asked me to build this example query and I figured I would share with everyone, not just one company.  it can be handy when you are doing OS Deployment testing and you need to look up a machine based on its MAC address to delete it so it becomes an “unknown computer” again.  Keep in mind that in the ConfigMgr database, the MAC address is in the form of ZZ:ZZ:ZZ:ZZ:ZZ:ZZ.


select distinct SMS_R_System.Name, SMS_R_System.MACAddresses from  SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.MACAddresses = ##PRM:SMS_R_System.MACAddresses## order by SMS_R_System.MACAddresses


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  • Did you know there is something already simular? Computers with duplicate MAC addresses report.

  • Good point Jeff.  In the case of my customer they wanted to do the lookup of MAC that may not be duplicated.  They also wanted to delete records, which can not be done so easily from a report.

  • Thanks for this tip!

  • Thanks very much for this query.  It has come in very handy!!

  • Thank you Mr. Mike.


  • Helpful,Thanks & Cheers Mike.

  • Create a collection with Membership rule e.g.
    Name: MAC Type: Query

    Resouce class: System Resource

    In Edit Query statement ->General->show query language put:
    select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.MACAddresses = "00:12:34:56:78:55"

    NOTE: Change the MAC address that you need to find.

    In Edit Query statement ->Criteria:
    Simple value
    is equal to

    Hope it helps!

  • Really like this Prompted Query - much better than the change Criteria versions, very quick for the desktop guys - Thank You.

  • Very invaluable to find machines built using a reusable Ethernet dongle for the new ultrabooks. Much easier than the duplicate mac reports

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