How to install SCCM 2012 R2 Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point

Benoit LecoursSCCM6 Comments

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This blog post applies to both SCCM 2012 R2 , SCCM 1511 and later.

In the first part of this SCCM 2012 and SCCM 1511 blog series, we planned our hierarchy, prepared our SCCM Server and Active Directory.

In part 2, we installed and configured SQL in order to install SCCM.

In part 3, we installed a stand-alone Primary site.

In the next 16 parts, we will describe how to install the numerous Site Systems roles available in SCCM. Role installation order is not important, you can install roles independently of others.

This part will describe the Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point (AISP)

Role description

The AISP is used to connects to Microsoft in order to download Asset Intelligence catalog information and upload uncategorized titles. For more information about planning for Asset Intelligence, see Prerequisites for Asset Intelligence in Configuration Manager.

This is not a mandatory Site System but we recommend to install the AISP if you are planning to use Asset Intelligence. Read our blog post on Why should you use Asset Intelligence in SCCM 2012.

Site System Role Placement in Hierarchy

The AISP is a hierarchy-wide option. SCCM supports a single instance of this site system role in a hierarchy and only at the top-level site. Install it on your Central Administration Site or stand-alone Primary Site depending of your design.

AISP Installation

  • Open the SCCM console
  • Navigate to Administration / Site Configuration / Servers and site System Roles
  • Right click your Site System and click Add Site System Roles

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  • On the General tab, click Next

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  • On the Proxy tab, enter you Proxy server information if needed and click Next

sccm 2012 install asset intelligence synchronization point

  • On the Site System Role Selection tab, select Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point, click Next

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  • On the Certificate page, click Next
    • By default, the Use this Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point setting is selected and cannot be configured on this page. System Center Online accepts network traffic only over TCP port 443, therefore the SSL port number setting cannot be configured on this page of the wizard
    • You can specify a path to the System Center Online authentication certificate (.pfx) file. Typically, you do not specify a path for the certificate because the connection certificate is automatically provisioned during site role installation

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  • Specify the desired catalog Synchronization Schedule, click Next

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  • On the Summary tab, review your setting and click Next

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  • Wait for the setup to complete and close the wizard

AISP Logs

  • AIUSSetup.log – Information about the installation of the Asset Intelligence catalog synchronization point site system role
  • AIUpdateSvc.log – Information about the Asset Intelligence catalog synchronization service
  • Aikbmgr.log – Information about the Asset Intelligence catalog manager service

Verification

  • Verify that the role installation is completed in AIUSSetup.log

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  • Open the SCCM console
  • Navigate to Assets and Compliance / Overview / Asset Intelligence
  • Verify that the Sync is Enabled and Successful

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Enable Inventory Reporting Classes

In order to have inventory data, first ensure that Hardware Inventory is enabled in your Client Settings.

  • Navigate to Administration / Client Settings
  • Right-click your Client Settings and choose Properties
  • On the Hardware Inventory Tab
  • Ensure that your hardware inventory is Enabled

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Once confirmed, enable inventory reporting classes :

  • Open the SCCM console
  • Navigate to Assets and Compliance / Asset Intelligence
  • Right-click Asset Intelligence and select Edit Inventory Classes

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  • Select Enable only the selected Asset Intelligence reporting classes
  • Select SMS_InstalledSoftware, SMS_ConsoleUsage and SMS_SystemConsoleUser
    • See the following Technet article to see dependencies between hardware and reporting class

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  • On the warning, click Yes

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Maintenance Tasks

2 maintenance tasks are available for Asset Intelligence :

  • Check Application Title with Inventory Information
    • This maintenance task checks that the software title that is reported in software inventory is reconciled with the software title in the Asset Intelligence catalog.
  • Summarize Installed Software Data
    • This maintenance task provides the information that is displayed in the Assets and Compliance workspace. When the task runs, Configuration Manager gathers a count for all inventoried software titles at the primary site.

To set the maintenance tasks :

  • Navigate to Administration / Site Configuration / Sites
  • Select Site Maintenance on the top ribbon
  • Select the desired schedule for both tasks

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You’re now done installing the AISP.

sccm 2012 install asset intelligence synchronization point

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6 Comments on “How to install SCCM 2012 R2 Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point”

  1. Hello Benoit,

    We have this Site System role configured & installed and the status of this role is always ‘Critical’. I’ve tried to check the error messages specifically, but no luck. Logs seems to be normal as well. So from a functionality point of view I don’t see any issues, but the status always remains as ‘Critical’. Any help\recommendation around this would be really great !

    Thank You !

    1. Hi Abhijeet,

      I’ve seen this issue in other environment as well… No fix at the moment, you can ignore the error.

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  4. Hi Benoit, after setting up the Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point Proxy Server Account… how do I go back in an change the account? I need to change the account I’m using to connect to the proxy server. Thank you!

    1. Go to : Administration / Site Configuration / Server and Site System Roles
      Select your Site Server
      On the bottom pane, right-click Site System and select Properties
      You’ll see the Proxy Tab over there

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