I had a customer doing some custom permission setting in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager the other week and after adding folks to a few existing security roles all was good except that these limited rights users could not create collections.  If you have looked at all the possible perms in ConfigMgr 2012 you may have seen that there are a lot and while you could test and figure this out, I figured I would share the answer to save everyone else a bit of time.

To create collections a user needs the following permissions:

  • Collection
    • Read
    • Create
    • Modify Folder