If you’re following the SCCM/MEMCM/Configmgr Twitter community, you often see tweets about SCCM Tips and Tricks. Those tweets get a lot of likes and retweets so I decided to compile a list of the most popular SCCM Tips and Trick tweets into a single post.
Like our popular SCCM Must Have blog post, we are planning to release an updated version of SCCM Tips and Tricks on an annual basis.
We hope that the second round of tips and tricks will hit Twitter soon. Thanks to all the author that took their time to share their tips.
SCCM Tips and Tricks
The list of SCCM Tips and Tricks is in no particular order. Make sure to follow these authors if you’re not doing it already. At the end a couple of tips by us has complied since we made some that are still relevant to this day.
SCCM Applications Icon Pack
If you’re into application packaging, you know that building a good Software Center experience needs logo of your application. Trond Haavarstein has built a .zip file containing all the popular ones. You can download the icon set from his GitHub repo. In his blog post, he also automates the process if you want to take it a step further.
Zoom In/Out Dashboard
Use CTRL +/- to zoom in and out on dashboards.
Windows Update location
Not sure where your Windows Updates are coming from?
(New-Object -ComObject "Microsoft.Update.ServiceManager").services | Select Name, IsDefaultAUService
Task Sequence Dynamic Step Names
Did you know that you can use task sequence variables in step names. You can apply dynamic names too.
Elapsed Time in CMTrace
If you select a group of lines, it will show you the time elapsed.
Need to keep more logs on your #configmgr site server? Turn on ArchiveLogging! HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SMS\Tracing, ArchiveLogging=1, ArchivePath=<local drive\folder>.
Content Explorer tool
Have you had issues with packages missing files, but content distribution appears successful? Long UNC source paths? Installations failing? Then use the Content Explorer tool to ensure that the content on your DP ‘s matches your source.
Thursday Tech Tip: Quickly identify the point of failure in your #ConfigMgr #OSD task sequence by applying this CMTrace filter to smsts.log. In the example screenshot, the task that follows ‘Install Updates’ is where it failed.
Did you know that you can use the Render operator in SCCM CMPivot to visually display your query result? We just find out…
#SCCM Tip of the day #17. Did you know CMPivot is EXTENSIBLE? 🙂 Anything you extend in the SMS_Def.mof shows up in CMPivot as a querable class. Here I added an ambitrary class to HINV called “aaa” to demostrate.
When creating #SCCM collection about all Windows 2019 devices, I would use 1) List of values for OS names instead of wildcards. Need only two values 2) System http://Resource.Build instead of Operating http://System.Build –> Only one class in a query
#ConfigMgr Peer Cache Tip: Use Phased Deployments to hit your Peer Cache Hosts (SuperPeers) first!
Task Sequence Variable
#ConfigMgr In Place upgrade Task Sequence TIP, easy way to make sure a step runs if a user is logged on. (Before the first reboot in your TS) Step Condition = TS Variable _SMSTSUserStarted = True This Variable gets set if a User Kicks off the TS from the Software Center.
Quickly Run CCM
In the run dialogue you can type “CCM” to get to C:\Windows\CCM
Use the “Merge selected files” option in CMTrace to open multiple logs in one pane. Handy for watching the progress of something that spans multiple processes
Want to know what CMPivot runs under the scenes on your client machines? It’s just a Script! Reveal the script with this SQL code: SELECT CONVERT(VARCHAR(MAX), Script) ‘Script’ FROM Scripts WHERE ScriptName = ‘CMPivot’
Stop creating query rules for AD-based user collections. Use a direct membership rule for a User _Group_ Resource instead and disable all scheduled membership eval. Eliminates col eval time and will evaluate instead when the user policy is generated.
Cut/Paste in Console
You can cut/paste pretty much anything from the SCCM Console (CTRL+A/CTRL+C) to Excel or any text editor (CTRL+V). Useful if you quickly need to export a list of devices, packages, applications, drivers or collections. #SCCM #ConfigMgr #Tips