5 Ways to view Hardware Inventory Information of a Device with SCCM

Nicolas PilonConsole, Hardware Inventory, REPORT, SCCM, SQL, SSRS5 Comments

One of the SCCM features is to inventory hardware information from devices that are managed by the SCCM client. It’s not very difficult to enable and configure the hardware inventory client settings in SCCM. Once the devices received next machine policy and hardware inventory scan, data will start to populate in your SCCM database. The information gathered from the devices can be very useful from a system health, inventory or operation perspective. You can use this information to create collections, queries as well as reports. However, one thing not too obvious with the hardware inventory information is to see all the data of a device in a one pager. There’s several ways to do it, some more difficult than others, but we will show you how. SCCM Hardware Inventory – Resource Explorer The first one is the Resource Explorer tool. It’s a tool accessible directly within the console and which don’t require any … Read More

How to manage your Distribution Points with Collections

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Do you have a high number of distribution point in your SCCM environment? Managing large SCCM environment with many Distribution Point or Pull Distribution Point is not an easy task. We’ve done a great post on 8 ways to monitor your Distribution Point, it was most related to the console monitoring and reports. We also provided a report to manage content on your Distribution Point. Additionally, you can use collections to regroup Distribution Point based on specific information. The advantage of using collections is that an action that can be taken based on the membership. (compliance settings, applications, etc.) This post will explain various tips to improve your day to day SCCM Distribution Point Management. Collection query to get all Distribution Points First of all, we will create a collection to keep track of computers acting as Distribution Point or to target members of a Distribution Points Group. Create a new collection and use this … Read More

Deploy the SCCM 2012 Console using the Application Model

Nicolas PilonConsole, SCCM3 Comments

The installation of SCCM 2012 console can be either manually or automatically. Manual installation remains a good choice if you have a small team. Using role-based access control in SCCM 2012, you can delegate administrative tasks to your team and allow more users with different level of access to the SCCM 2012 console. At this point, you would rather go the automatic way. This post will explain you how to save time by using the Application Model in SCCM 2012 to automatically deploy the console to all your devices. We won’t cover the pre-requisites needed to install the SCCM 2012 console on a device. Make sure your devices are compliant. Step 1 | Create a Collection To regroup all the devices of users that will be using the console, there’s two possible types of collection to trigger the installation, either user or device collection. Users Create a user collection if your goal … Read More