Quickly Check Registry Values using SCCM CMPivot Query

Let’s understand how to check the registry values using SCCM CMPivot query quickly. The CMPivot is a real-time (almost) reporting tool provided by Microsoft as part of the Microsoft Endpoint Manager (UEM) solution.

ConfigurationĀ Manager CMPivot tool allows us to assess the state of online devices quickly. There is an option to use the CMPivot standalone app to get real-time reporting of SCCM clients. You can also use CMPivot in-console tool as well to get these real-time reports.

This post will learn how to confirm whether a registry entry is available on Windows 10 and Windows 11 PCs. You can use the CMPivot query method to find out changes in registry key values. And then, you can use SCCM CI and Baseline to fix the non-compliance issue with registry configurations.

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You can get examples of CMPivot queries from the following list of posts. I have been using the CMPivot queries for SCCM troubleshooting scenarios. I have also explained how ConfigMgr CMPivot works in the background.

Check Registry Values using SCCM CMPivot Query

You can check the registry values using the SCCM CMpivot query. In this post, we will see the registry entry to check and confirm whether the SCCM remote tool is enabled or not. You can use the same registry evaluation method for Windows 11 PCs as well.

First of all, you can confirm whether you have enabled the remote tools from Configuration Manager client settings. You will need to find out the correct registry path and registry key along with the value. Once you have all the registry details, start converting the registry values into a CMPivot query, as explained below.

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  • For this example – I can confirm the Remote Tools option is not enabled from the client settings.
Check Registry Values using SCCM CMPivot Query
Check Registry Values using SCCM CMPivot Query

Build CMPivot Query to Check the Registry Values

It’s time to build a CMPivot query to check the registry values for SCCM remote tools settings. First of all, you will need to convert the registry path to KQL query syntax. The CMPivot uses a subset of the Kusto Query Language (KQL), which is also used in Azure Log analytics services and all.

I’m taking the remote tool registry path and converting it into KQL:

  • Registry Path -> Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SMS\Client\Client Components\Remote Control
  • Registry Entry -> Enabled
  • Registry Value -> 0
Build CMPivot Query to Check the Registry Value
Build CMPivot Query to Check the Registry Values

The KQL format of the registry path comes with two // in between each registry folder. The HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE entry is represented as HKLM, and HKEY_LOCAL_USER is described as HKLU. The particular registry entry that you are looking for should come under Property.

  • The CMPivot registry related queries must start with CMpivot Entity called Registry.
  • Regitry Path in KQL (CMPivot) Query Format – HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SMS\Client\Client Components\Remote Control
  • Registry Entry in CMPivot (KQL) query format is Property -> Enabled
  • Registry Value in CMpivot query format is represented as Value itself -> 0

The following is the SCCM CMPivot query to check registry values and confirm whether the ConfigMgr Remote Tools option is enabled on SCCM client PCs or not.

Registry('HKLM:\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\SMS\\Client\\Client Components\\Remote Control') | where Property == 'Enabled' and Value == '0'
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SCCM CMPivot Query to Check the Registry Values

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About Author -> Anoop is Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional Award winner from 2015 on the technologies! He is a Solution Architect on enterprise device management solutions with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like Configuration Manager, Windows 365 Cloud PC, Intune, Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 10, and Windows 11.

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