How old are your computers ?

Lately I have been asked “Can you use ConfigMgr to see how old our computers are”.

And the answer is: YES with some modifications/limitations, and it only works if you haven’t deleted the computer object in the Active Directory every time you re-install your computers.

Step one:
Add the Active Directory attribute “whenCreated” to the Active Directory System Discovery.Add Attribute

Use the Custom button.
Add Attribute Custom

Step two:
Run a discovery and you will get a new attribute on the device object.Client01

Now you can use this attribute in collections or reports to get a good picture on how many computers that might need to be replaced during the following years.

In the sample query below I select computers that are 2 -3 years old.Query 2-3

And the query in a text box :)

 

And here is a sample picture how I use this information in a custom report.
Report year

This is just a way to get a hint on the age of your computers. It’s not as accurate as looking in to invoices and so on.

 

Have a nice day
Johnny

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