Machine Policy Request & Evaluation Cycle | Client Action | SCCM | ConfigMgr | Configuration Manager Endpoint

Let’s understand the ConfigMgr Client Action called Machine Policy Request & Evaluation Cycle in a bit more detail. The users/admins can initiate the Machine Policy Request & Evaluation Cycle to speed up the inventory as part of troubleshooting scenarios from Windows 10 clients. In this post, I will cover the details of this action on the client-side.

I have explained about Hardware Inventory Collection Cycle in the previous post. But, it’s also important to understand ConfigMgr Client Component Status details for troubleshooting. There are three different status details are available for each component of the client. Those are installed, disabled, and enabled.

I have seen many admins getting confused between ConfigMgr Client App and SCCM Software Center. Both are different and client actions are available with ConfigMgr Client App (a.k.a Configuration Manager Application) available in the control panel.

Machine Policy Request & Evaluation Cycle

There are 8 (eight) client actions available in Configuration Manager client application properties as of ConfigMgr 2010 version. The Machine Policy Request & Evaluation Cycle Cycle client action is the Forth (4th) one from the top.

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Navigate to:

  • You can launch the client app from any computer that has an SCCM client installed.
  • Open Command Prompt
  • Run the following command – Control smscfgrc
  • Click on the Actions tab
  • Select Machine Policy Request & Evaluation Cycle
  • Click on OK from the Machine Policy Request & Evaluation Cycle popup window
Machine Policy Request & Evaluation Cycle | Client Action | SCCM | ConfigMgr
Machine Policy Request & Evaluation Cycle | Client Action | SCCM | ConfigMgr

Background Processes

This SCCM client action Machine Policy Request & Evaluation Cycle “immediately” triggers the re-evaluation of machine policy process from Windows 10 client.

Let’s understand the machine policy retrieval & evaluation process via log files. When you initiate this action from the ConfigMgr client app, you can see the Policy Agent agent is triggered. It checks with MP to retrieve the latest policy for the device. The default machine policy interval can be configured on Client settings.

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NOTE! – I have mentioned that the Discovery Data Collection action didn’t reinstate the client record that I deleted from the admin console. However, I have noticed that the SCCM client action Machine Policy Request & Evaluation Cycle helped to get the client device record back into the SCCM console.

  • smscliui.log
    • Perform Action: Request & Evaluate Machine Policy – {8EF4D77C-8A23-45c8-BEC3-630827704F51}. Message sent, id={640775EF-9CB0-4EED-B4FB-B1C741F4C69B}
  • PolicyAgent.log
    • Requesting Machine policy assignments from authority ‘SMS:MEM’
    • Raising event:instance of CCM_PolicyAgent_AssignmentsRequested
    • Processing Machine assignments from ‘SMS: MEM’. The new cookie is ‘2021-01-29 05:24:52.830’.
    • Compiling policy assignment ‘{c210d8f2-9cfb-4fa5-bf3e-aa1db068ea1b}’ (ver. 1.00) from ‘SMS:MEM’ (2021-01-29 05:24:52.830)
    • Policy Windows/All_x64_Windows_8_and_higher_Client/VI/VS/U version 1.00 hash SHA256:509D5 already exists on client
    • [PolicyUpdate] Updated namespace ‘\.\ROOT\ccm\policy\S_1_5_21_2901188661_3025291148_348095268_1105\RequestedConfig’ successfully
    • Raising event:instance of CCM_PolicyAgent_SettingsEvaluationComplete
    • [Assignment Request] No new assignments for Machine Prod-Win20
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Machine Policy Request & Evaluation Cycle | Client Action | SCCM | ConfigMgr

Logs

The following are the log files that recorded few entries when I triggered the Machine Policy Request & Evaluation Cycle. More details about SCCM clients logs are available here.

  • smscliui.log
  • PolicyAgent.log
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