|Description||string||The CollectionOfMSEs object allows the grouping of ManagedSystemElements for various identification purposesand to reduce the complexity of associating Settings andConfigurations. It is abstract to require furtherdefinition and semantic refinement in subclasses. TheCollectionOfMSEs object does not carry any state or statusinformation, but only represents a grouping or 'bag' of Elements. Forthis reason, it is incorrect to subclass groups that havestate/status from CollectionOfMSEs - an example isCIM_RedundancyGroup (which is correctly subclassed fromLogicalElement).
Collections typically aggregate 'like'objects, but are not required to do so. They simply identify 'bags' and may represent an optimization. This is especiallytrue with respect to their association to Settings andConfigurations. Without Collections, one is forcedto define individual ElementSetting andElementConfiguration associations, to tie Settings and Configurationobjects to individual ManagedSystemElements. There may be muchduplication in assigning the same Setting tomultiple objects. In addition, using the Collection object allows thedetermination that the Setting and Configurationassociations are indeed the same for the Collection's members.This information would otherwise be obtained by definingthe Collection in a proprietary manner, and thenquerying the ElementSetting and ElementConfigurationassociations to determine ifthe Collection set is completely covered.||None ||TRANSLATABLE= true