How to Use SCCM ConfigMgr Deployment Monitoring Tool. Deployment Monitor Tool (DeploymentMonitoringTool.exe) is a new addition to ConfigMgr 2012 Toolkit.
This tool is a graphical user interface designed to assist in troubleshooting applications, updates, and baseline deployments.
How to Use SCCM ConfigMgr Deployment Monitoring Tool
In this post, I‘m trying to explore the Deployment Monitoring tool in more detail. How can it be used more effectively? The documentation provided with this toolkit is excellent (ToolkitHelp); however, I’ve seen many of us never look into those documentations.
Deployment Monitoring Tool is part of ConfigMgr2012 Toolkit and can be downloaded from this LINK.
Before going into deep dive, I would like to remind you Deployment Monitoring Tool MUST be run as an administrator. We’ll cover the following topics in detail with some examples in this post.
Through the actions menu, you can (a) Connect to A remote Computer, (b) Import and Export XML files of a system for further troubleshooting, and (c) Review the log files depending upon which TAB is selected. i.e., Application and Baseline Deployments Tab –> PolicyAgent.log: Update Deployments –> updatesDeployment.log and All Updates Tab –> WindowsUpdate.log:
The client Properties tab will help us to get all the client details. The following information is very helpful at the time of troubleshooting. Client Logs Directory, ccmexec service Status, Service Window (maintenance window) status, Proxy MP, Resident MP details, WSUS Locations, Update Sources, Last Policy refresh Cycle, Assigned MP, Site Code, Client Approved status and certificate information, etc.
The deployments tab will help list down the details of each targeted deployment (advertisements in SCCM 2007). This will provide more details of the deployments like Name, Deadline, State, Type, and ID.
For example, in the following pic, you can see an application called “Operation Basics**.” The deployment is OPTIONAL, state of deployment is APP_CI_ASSIGNMENT_EVALUATION, Deployment ID, and Deployment Type is Application. However, if you look at the other two deployments, you can see that one is Software Update, and another is mandatory application deployment with a deadline.
You will get in-depth characteristics of the selected deployment at the bottom of the tool. The information contains all the following details. These details are very, very helpful at the time of troubleshooting.
AssignmentAction, DisableMomAlerts,NotifyUser, SuppressReboot, OverrideServiceWindows, RaiseMomAlertOnFailure, StartTime, StartTime, Target, RebootOutsideOfServiceWindows, UserUIExperience, DeploymentType, etc…
You will also get in-depth details about selected deployment at the bottom (each and every detail that you’ve specified at the time of the creation of the new application). For example – Properties (as mentioned above), Policy, Evaluation, Content, Enforcement, Reporting, and Requirement Violations.
All updates tab will provide the details about all the required updates along with their status.
Article ID, Bulletin, Status, Title, Unique ID, Scan Time, Source Version and Source Unique ID
For example – 2676562, MS12-034, Missing, Security Update for Windows 7 (KB2676562),
d4086c7b-d238-4790-b160-c01af8350d94, 07/11/2012 10:16:43, 229,
Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management 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. E writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…