How to Improve Overall Health of Windows System along with SCCM Client Configuration Manager ConfigMgr? SCCM/ConfigMgr is a beast and is a proven solution to manage Windows environments efficiently. But SCCM environment, to work properly, you need to make sure that your SCCM clients are healthy. How do you make sure all your clients are healthy?
Honestly, it’s not a very easy task to ensure the health of the SCCM clients. It’s not a very easy task because SCCM client health has depended on loads of Windows core components. For example, when your Windows core components like WMI are not healthy, then, obviously, 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 that is entirely unsupported by Microsoft.
How to fix these all complex and dynamic Windows device health issues in a corporate environment? Adaptiva has a solution for this called Client Health 6.0, and it comes with some excellent out of box Windows client health solutions to fix any the complex issues.
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 All Machines Summary Dashboard, Individual Health Check Summary Report, and Last Health Check Execution Status Reports.
Following are some out-of-box solutions you will get as part of 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 a number of built-in health checks primarily focused on the health of the SCCM client itself. Adaptiva Client Health is focused on the heath 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. However, Client Health can also identify, diagnose, report, and report on all sorts of client health issues enterprise-wide.
It comes with more than twice as many health checks and remediations, covering areas such as:
- Instant inventory
- Network configuration
- Operating System
- Software licensing
- System performance
Check and Repair Anything and Everything
While the native checks in SCCM can repair common issues with the SCCM agent itself, Adaptiva’s Client Health has no limits. It is designed to detect, isolate, and remediate issues with:
- 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
Visual WorkFlow Designer and Engine
Adaptiva provides a visual WorkFlow designer and engine to allow administrators to create their own health checks and remediations easily. It lets administrators build custom logic easily with a visual designer. It makes it easy to modify the pre-built health checks or create new health checks. While no PowerShell is required, it is easy to incorporate PowerShell scripts into health checks.
You can execute workflows on the server (not just the client). If desired, you can deliver executable files. By distributing EXEs, you can scale administrative capacity by sharing limited capabilities: full AD security integration and authentication checks at runtime.
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.
Adaptiva Launches Client Health 6.0 to Instantly Deliver Deep Visibility into Endpoint Health and Security – here
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…