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Configuration Manager Association Classes

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

In Configuration Manager 2007, an association allows you to logically relate the instances of two classes. Typically, an association consists of two key properties (which are paths, or pointers, that uniquely identify the location of the other class instances), but an association can also contain additional properties. The provider uses the key properties to retrieve the requested data.

Although association classes provide a convenient means to collect related information, they are inherently slow. If performance is an issue, you should consider collecting the related information yourself.


Association classes are read-only except for the SMS_CollectToSubCollect_a class. Association class names are suffixed with _a.

The following table shows the association classes.

Association class Description


Relates an advertisement with the site that created the advertisement.


An abstract class that is the base class for all Configuration Manager association classes. It has no properties.


Relates a collection with its member resources.


Relates an advertisement with its target collection.


Relates a collection with its parent collection.


Relates a secured object with various users that have class permissions on the object.


Relates a secured object with users that have permissions for an instance of a secured object.


Relates an advertisement to the package it advertises.


Relates a package to the site that created the package.


Relates a package definition file package to package definition file programs that are part of the package.


Relates a package with the user accounts that are used to access a package on its distribution points.


Relates a package with the programs that form the package.


Relates a package with its distribution points.


Relates a site control file with the site control items that make up the current site control file.


Relates a site control file with the site to which it belongs.


Relates a site with the root of the collections that belong to it.


Relates a site with its identifying information.


Defines the hierarchy of sites by relating a site with its subsites.

See Also


Configuration Manager Bit Field Properties
Configuration Manager Date and Time Formats
Configuration Manager Embedded Objects
Configuration Manager Extended WMI Query Language
How to Use Configuration Manager Objects with Managed Code
Configuration Manager Lazy Properties
Configuration Manager Objects Overview
Configuration Manager Errors
Configuration Manager Object Security
Configuration Manager Special Queries