Organizing Laptop and Desktop in Intune Using Filters

Organizing laptop and desktop in device management has always been a challenge. In SCCM we had to use Chassis type and in Intune we can’t use that anymore.


Organization may require deploying apps or policies only to desktop or laptop.

We have often found in various forum Dynamic Group should be used to create groups for laptop and desktop based on device model.

Challenge with this method is when we use “in” Operator we have to give full Model name , it may be a problem when the new model of device enrolls and no one adds that name in the dynamic group, it wont get added to the group there by it will miss the apps and policies.

To solve that problem, we can use “contains” operator and give a model name that contains the word like “Elitebook” which belongs to laptop. Same can be done for desktop dynamic group based on the word containing “Desk” which belong device like HP Prodesk 400 G5 series. This will ensure devices with that key words get added to the dynamic group without manual effort.

We have challenge with the above solution also, Dynamic group only support up to 5 criteria. If you have more than 5 unique models, then it won’t work for you.


Use Intune Filter when deploying apps.

Intune Filter works like Dynamic group without the limitation of 5 criteria. Filter has rules. Use Model as property and Contains as Operator and give a key word that is unique for laptop or desktop.

When deploying an application use these filters to include or exclude laptop or desktop as a filter.

You can follow this article to know the steps required to create Intune Filters.

Intune Filters

You can also refer Microsoft documentations to know about all properties available for Filters.

How to create filter: Refer –

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