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SCCM 2012 R2 Toolkit How to Use Collection Evaluation Viewer CEViewer exe

By this time you must have downloaded SCCM 2012 R2 Tool Kit (this is new updated SCCM tool kit Microsoft published in new location). The SCCM ConfigMgr 2012 R2 tool kit has been released last week. It contains some awesome tools which help SCCM admin to perform day to day activities and troubleshooting with lot of ease. Are you looking for a GUI tool which tells you about collection evaluations happening at your primary site? Why the collections are NOT getting updated? Normally, we need to look at colleval.log  and CollEval.box to check whether there is any issue in collection evaluation and there is some backlog in CollEval.box. In this post, I’m going to give a walk through of Collection Evaluation Viewer tool (CEViewer.exe) which is part for SCCM 2012 R2 tool kit.

In ConfigMgr 2012 with CAS (hierarchy), Collection Evaluation issues are more complex to troubleshoot. The collection evaluation is always done on the Primary site in your hierarchy. When you update the collection from CAS then it will cause more delays in collection update. The collection Evaluation Viewer (CEViewer.exe) can only connect to primary server. Do you know how many types of collection evaluation queues are there in ConfigMgr SCCM 2012 R2? You can get answers to all your questions below.

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1. Launch CEViewer.exe. Connect to the primary site and SQL server.

Collection Evaluation Viewer Connect

Collection Evaluation Viewer Connect

2.  Full Evaluation Tab in CEViewer.exe Lists the detailed information about all full collection evaluations that happened in the past.

Site Code = PRI, Total Run Time of Collection 00:00:50 and Total Collection= 13

It also provides following details the Collection Name, Site ID is Collection ID (So, don’t get confused with Site ID).

It also displays, How much time the collection took to complete the evaluation process. Along with it will give answers to following questions :- How to find out last collection evaluation completion time? How to find out the next collection Evaluation Time? How to find out number of members changes during the collection evaluation for a specific collection ? How to find the last member change time for a collection?

Collection Evaluation Viewer Full Evaluation

Collection Evaluation Viewer Full Evaluation

3. Incremental Evaluation tab in CEViewer.exe lists the detailed information about all incremental collection evaluations that happened in the past.

This tab provides all the information about Incremental Evaluation of collection along with answers to all the questions about collection.

Site Code = PRI, Total Run Time of Collection 00:00:50 and Total Collection= 13

It provides the Collection Name, Site ID is Collection ID (So, don’t get confused with Site ID).

It also displays, How much time the collection took to complete the evaluation process. Along with it will give answers to following questions :- How to find out last collection evaluation completion time? How to find out the next collection Evaluation Time? How to find out number of members changes during the collection evaluation for a specific collection ? How to find the last member change time for a collection?

Collection Evaluation Incremental Evaluation

Collection Evaluation Incremental Evaluation

4. All Queues tab in CEViewer.exe provides details about all types of collection evaluation queues pending to get processed. In my example, you can see Full Evaluation collection queues. This Summarizes the current collection evaluations for all four queues.

Right hand side you can see list of collections in each section a) Manual Update b) New Collections c) Full Evaluation and d) Incremental Evaluation.

On left hand side : – You can see the Summery of collections –> Collection Numbers (Coll #) and Queue Length (Q. Len) of each collection. Full Evaluation – Coll # = 2 Queue Length  = 1.

Running Evaluation :-  Started on which collections. How many seconds elapsed. For example you can see “Software Testing” collection.

Collection Evaluation Viewer All Queue Full Eval

Collection Evaluation Viewer All Queue Full Eval

5. Manual Queue tab in CEViewer.exe provides Manual Collection Evaluation Queues pending to be processed. Lists the detailed information about the current collection evaluation in the manual queue.

Some more details like : Collection Name, Collection ID (Site ID), Estimated Completion Time and Estimated Run Time.

Collection Evaluation Manual Queue

Collection Evaluation Manual Queue

6. New Queue tab in CEViewer.exe provide the list of new collection evaluation queues.

List of collections which are currently in queue to get processed for NEW Collection evaluation. This also provides Site ID (Collection ID), Estimated Completion Time and Estimated Run Time of new collections.  I know it’s difficult see the “Test Collection“.

Collection Evaluation New Queue

Collection Evaluation New Queue

7. Full Queue tab in CEViewer.exe provides list of collections which are pending for FULL Collection EVALUATION.

List of  collections which are currently in queue to get processed for FULL collection evaluation. This also provides Site ID (Collection ID), Estimated Completion Time and Estimated Run Time of new collections.  I know it’s difficult see the “OSD Collection” and “Software Testing“.

Collection Evaluation Viewer FULL EVAL QUEUE

Collection Evaluation Viewer FULL EVAL QUEUE

8. Incremental Queue tab in CEViewer.exe provides full list of collections which are pending for Incremental evaluation update.

List of  collections which are currently in queue to get processed for Incremental collection evaluation. This also provides Site ID (Collection ID), Estimated Completion Time and Estimated Run Time of new collections.  I know it’s difficult see the “All Users and Groups, All User Groups etc…“.

You can click on REFRESH button to get latest update on collection evaluation queues.

Collection Evaluation Viewer Incremental Queue

Collection Evaluation Viewer Incremental Queue

9. You can click on REFRESH button to get latest update on collection evaluation queues. Also make use of STOP AUTO REFRESH option in .

Collection Evaluation Viewer Refresh

Collection Evaluation Viewer Refresh

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15 Comments

  1. Phil Sidaway says:

    Great post Anoop! Do you know if this only works for Config Mgr 2012 R2? We’re only on SP1 CU2 and want to be able to use the Collection Evaluation Viewer without having to upgrade to R2 if possible.

  2. Anoop says:

    Hi Phil! – Unfortunately, it works only with CM 12 R2 !

  3. Once you disable the incremental refresh on a collection , it should no longer show up in the viewer. The colleval.log shows I have 77 collections currently performing incremental evaluations yet this tool continues to show even the old collections that have since been disabled. I have yet to find a supported way to clear the incremental evaluation time in the DB for those collections.

    • Anoop says:

      Hi Steve ! – It should automatically reflect in the database once we disable the incremental refresh/update on a collection (no need of any manual intervention). I’ve checked and confirmed the same in SQL DB. But not very sure why this is not getting reflected in the tool. Have you tried close and relaunch the tool ?
      Regards
      Anoop

  4. Steve Carneol says:

    I have installed the viewer on three different SCCM 2012 R2 sites and the viewer behaves the same way on all three. Once you enable incremental update on a collection, it still shows up in the viewer after disabling incremental even though I can see the status change in the collection database table.

  5. sundby says:

    I have the same issue, I removed “incremental updates” from ~100 collections a week ago but they still show up under “Incremental Evaluation”. “Last evaluaton time” is of course old, but the totals in the top right is wrong, so I have to manually copy out the data that is still relevant into excel to check total run time 🙂

    I guess it is using some kind of cache that is never cleaned up?

  6. Kym Charlesworth says:

    The download link for the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36213 is not valid.

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