How to Improve Overall Health of Windows System along with SCCM Client

Let’s discuss how to Improve the Overall Health of Windows System and SCCM Client. SCCM/ConfigMgr is a beast and a proven solution for managing Windows environments efficiently. However, in the SCCM environment, you must ensure your SCCM clients are healthy enough to work correctly. How do you make sure all your clients are healthy? 

Honestly, it’s challenging to ensure the health of the SCCM clients. SCCM client health has depended on loads of Windows core components. For example, when Windows core components like WMI are not healthy, then the SCCM client can’t be healthy.

SCCM client includes a tool called CCMEVAL to fix the standard predefined client issues, but it can’t fix all the complex Windows health issues. You can also try to edit the XML file with the CCMEVAL tool to include additional health checks for SCCM clients, but Microsoft does not support that.

How can complex and dynamic Windows device health issues be fixed in a corporate environment? Adaptiva has a solution called Client Health 6.0, which has excellent out-of-the-box solutions to fix complex problems.

How to Improve Overall Health of Windows System along with SCCM Client - Fig.1
How to Improve Overall Health of Windows System along with SCCM Client – Fig.1

How to Improve Overall Health of Windows System along with SCCM Client

Also, by default, we don’t have extensive in-depth device health and security reports for Windows clients. The Client health solution helps to resolve this problem without box reports like the All Machines Summary Dashboard, Individual Health Check Summary Report, and Last Health Check Execution Status Reports.

You will get some out-of-the-box solutions from the Adaptiva Client Health Solution. In this post, I will cover all these points in detail:-

Check and Repair the SCCM Client Agent
Check and Repair Anything and Everything
Visual WorkFlow Designer and Engine
Advanced reporting

Check and Repair the SCCM Client Agent

SCCM includes a tool called ccmeval that has several built-in health checks primarily focused on the health of the SCCM client itself. Adaptiva Client Health is focused on the health of the Windows system itself—not just the SCCM client.

Client Health can do much more than ccmeval regarding the status, configuration, and health of the SCCM agent. It can also identify, diagnose, and report on all client health issues enterprise-wide.

Adaptiva

It comes with more than twice as many health checks and remediations, covering areas such as:

  • Instant inventory
  • Network configuration
  • Operating System
  • PowerShell
  • Security
  • Software licensing
  • System performance
  • WMI
  • BITS
How to Improve Overall Health of Windows System along with SCCM Client - Fig.2
How to Improve Overall Health of Windows System along with SCCM Client – Fig.2

Check and Repair Anything and Everything

While the native checks in SCCM can repair common issues with the SCCM agent, Adaptiva’s Client Health has no limits. It is designed to detect, isolate, and remediate issues.

Check and Repair Anything and Everything
Services running, and startup type (any services)
Settings and files on any machine
Application configuration (any application)
Application running (any application)
Antivirus and antimalware running and up-to-date (any AV/AM vendor’s solution)
Any aspect of the Windows OS itself
Pretty much anything else
How to Improve Overall Health of Windows System along with SCCM Client – Table 1
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How to Improve Overall Health of Windows System along with SCCM Client – Fig.3

Visual Workflow Designer and Engine

Adaptiva provides a visual workflow designer and engine to allow administrators to easily create health checks and remediations. It lets administrators build custom logic quickly with a visual designer. Modifying the pre-built health checks or creating new ones is easy. While no PowerShell is required, it is easy to incorporate PowerShell scripts into health checks.

If desired, you can execute workflows on the server (not just the client) and deliver executable files. By distributing EXEs, you can scale administrative capacity by sharing limited capabilities: full AD security integration and authentication checks at runtime.

How to Improve Overall Health of Windows System along with SCCM Client - Fig.4
How to Improve Overall Health of Windows System along with SCCM Client – Fig.4

Advanced Reporting – How to Improve Overall Health of Windows System

As noted in the press release for the new Client Health 6.0, Adaptiva gives you access to over 50 built-in reports and 10 dashboards. It provides instant, real-time reporting by collection or machine—across your entire enterprise.

Reference

Adaptiva Launches Client Health 6.0 to Instantly Deliver Deep Visibility into Endpoint Health and Security

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Author

Anoop C Nair is Microsoft MVP! He is a Device Management Admin with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc.

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