Beginners Guide SCCM Console Nodes Walkthrough

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SCCM Console Nodes

This is my first post on SCCM Educational post series. I will provide more information about “SCCM Educational post series” in upcoming posts. In case you are a newbie to SCCM then this is the important guidelines for you. The details of SCCM Console nodes or buttons will give you an overall idea UI capabilities.

This post will help to learn and understand SCCM in a better way. I always think about a teaching technique which starts from SCCM console. Do you think it would be ok to start SCCM learning with SCCM console overview? I have also included Audio explanation in the video tutorial about SCCM console overview.

 SCCM Education Series Posts

Contents

Contents

  1. Video Tutorial SCCM Console User Guide
  2. What is SCCM Console?
  3. How to Launch SCCM Console?
  4. How to Connect to SCCM Primary/CAS site with SCCM Console?
  5. Most Commonly Used Terminologies – SCCM Console
    4.1 Workspace
    4.2 Navigation Pane
    4.3 Ribbon
    4.4 Results Pane
    4.5 List View
    4.6 Details Pane
  6. SCCM Console Nodes Overview  – Work-Spaces
    5.1 Assets and Compliance
    5.2 Software Library
    5.3 Monitoring
    5.4 Administration

Video Tutorial SCCM Console User Guide

I have also included Audio explanation in the below video tutorial about SCCM console overview.

What is SCCM Console?

SCCM console is an administrative tool where an admin can perform a variety of device management, application deployment, network and, server administration tasks. This is the single pane of glass from where SCCM admin can perform Application, Patch, OS deployments and many more administrative functions.

The SCCM console uses the common System Center framework for its administrator console (“Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.exe”), and it no longer relies on an MMC interface used in old versions of SMS 2003 and 2007.

How to Launch SCCM Console?

Launch ConfigMgr / SCCM console – Click Start | <All Programs> | Microsoft System Center | Configuration Manager Console. For SCCM console logs are located in the following location. The issues with the SCCM / ConfigMgr administrative console can be traced in the SMSAdminUI.log file.

“~\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\AdminUILog”

How to Connect to SCCM Primary/CAS site with SCCM Console?

Launch SCCM console and click on the drop down Arrow near to Home button. From the drop-down list, you can select “Connect to a New Site” option. Through this “You can connect to a CAS or primary by specifying the FQDN or computer name of the server in that site”.

Commonly Used Terminologies – SCCM Console

The following terminologies are used in all the Microsoft Docs. So it’s useful to understand each part of SCCM console. SCCM Console nodes overview will help newbies to understand the console functionalities in a better way.

SCCM Console Nodes Walk-Through

Workspace

Workspace is a set of large ‘bars‘ in the bottom left window pane of SCCM console. The workspace provides high-level features or topics that can be accessed to perform duties such as:-

Administration (Administration of the site and cloud configurations)
Software Library (Manage softwares, OS, Patches, Windows 10 & Office365 Servicing)
Monitoring (Alerts, Queries, Monitoring Status of all deployments, Site Servers)
Assets and compliance (Users, Devices, Collections, Compliance settings, etc.)

When a workspace is selected, the SCCM Console reflects the workspace accessed. The default workspace selection can be “Asset and Compliance” SCCM Console.

Navigation Pane

Navigate is located above the workspaces in the far left window pane. The navigation pane nodes that are displayed are dependent upon the workspace selected.

Ribbon

The ribbon is the place in SCCM console where admin cab perform a set of actions or tasks for the selected navigation pane node or list view/ results pane item chosen.

Results Pane

Result Pane is the large window pane that appears in the middle of the SCCM Console. The results pane displays objects based on the node or item selected in the navigation pane. The results pane is comprised of a list view, a details pane, and a filter box (see below for more information on these items).

List View

List View is the top portion of the results pane and displays items based on the node or object selected in the navigation pane.

Details Pane

Details Pane is the bottom portion of the results pane, and when it appears, displays additional details about the object selected in the list view.

SCCM Console Nodes Overview  – Work-spaces

In this SCCM console nodes overview, I’m going to give a high-level overview of each function underneath four (4) workplaces.

Assets and Compliance
Software Library
Monitoring
Administration

Assets and Compliance SCCM Console Workspace

Following are the basic functionalities of Assets and Compliance workspace of SCCM console. Following are the nodes which will help you with admin activities.

Users
Devices
User Collection
Device Collections
User State Migration
Asset Intelligence
User State Migration
Compliance Settings
Software Metering
All Corporate Devices
Endpoint Protection

SCCM Console Overview Walk-Through

Users

Users node helps to manage users and user groups for this SCCM hierarchy. Navigate via \Assets and Compliance\Overview\Users

Devices

Devices node in console helps to manage devices for the SCCM environment. Navigate via \Assets and Compliance\ Overview\Devices

User Collections

User collection node in SCCM console manages user collections for the SCCM hierarchy or environment. Navigate via \Assets and Compliance \Overview \User Collections

Device Collections

Device collections node helps to manage device collections for the hierarchy/environment.  Navigate via \Assets and Compliance\Overview\Device Collections

User State Migration

User state migration node helps to manage user state migration for when you deploy operating. SCCM Console nodes Overview will get you a walk through. Navigate via \Assets and Compliance\Overview\User State Migration

Asset Intelligence

Asset Intelligence node in SCCM console helps to manage the asset intelligence catalog, import license files, and sync with System Center Online to reconcile software licenses.  Navigate via \Assets and Compliance \Overview\Asset Intelligence

User State Migration

User state migration helps to manage user state migration for when you deploy Operating System. Navigate via \Assets and Compliance\Overview\User State Migration

Compliance Settings

Compliance settings help to manage Configuration Items and Configuration baselines to assess and remediate the compliance of settings on devices. Navigate via \Assets and Compliance\ Overview \Compliance Settings

Software Metering

Software Metering node in SCCM console helps to configure rules to monitor software application usage. Navigate via  \Assets and Compliance\Overview\Software Metering

All Corporate Devices

All Corporate Devices node helps to manage Corporate-owned Devices and Device enrollment profiles. Navigate via \Assets and Compliance\Overview\All Corporate-owned Devices

Endpoint Protection

Endpoint Protection node helps to manage Anti-malware and Firewall policies. Navigate via \Assets and Compliance\Overview\Endpoint Protection

Software Library – SCCM Console Workspace

The “Software library” node is the SCCM console workspace node which manages the software related configuration and deployments. More details available in the below section. Also, find the sub nodes of Software Library Work-Space, and it’s brief description in the following section.

Application Management
Software Updates
Operating Systems
Windows 10 Servicing
Windows 10 Servicing
Office 365 Client Management
Scripts

SCCM Console Nodes

Application Management

Application management is the place where you can manage application deployments for users and devices, and configure global conditions for all applications in your SCCM environment.

\Software Library\Overview\Application Management

Software Updates

Software Updates node helps to manage software updates(patches), software update groups (group of individual patches), deployment of software updates (patch packages), and ADR (Automatic deployment rules to automate the entire patch deployment flow for your organization)

\Software Library\Overview\Software Updates

Operating Systems

Operating System node helps to manage drivers, operating system images, Update packages, boot images, and task sequences to deploy operating systems and virtual hard disks.

\Software Library\Overview\Operating Systems

Windows 10 Servicing

Windows 10 Servicing is the place where you can manage Windows 10 servicing. Windows 10 OS upgrades without using Task Sequences

\Software Library\Overview\Windows 10 Servicing

Office 365 Client Management

Office 365 Client Management mode helps to install, configure, monitor and manage Office 365 clients.

\Software Library\Overview\Office 365 Client Management

Scripts

Scripts helps you deploy PowerShell scripts to Devices and collections using fast channel deployment method

\Software Library\Overview\Scripts

Monitoring –  SCCM Console Workspace

Monitoring workspace in SCCM console is the place where you to check the status and view the alerts of your SCCM environment. Monitoring workspace is the first place to go when you have to perform some troubleshooting in SCCM environment. Following are the nodes of Monitoring workspace:-

Site Hierarchy
System Status
Deployments
Client Operations
Script Status
Client Status
Distribution Status
Data Replication
Updates and Servicing Status
Software Update Point Synchronization Status
Compliance Settings
Upgrade Readiness
Co-Management
Surface Devices

SCCM Console Nodes

Alerts

Alerts node helps to view and manage alerts. This will help you to subscribe or forward email alerts of some alerts from SCCM environment. SCCM Console nodes Overview will get you a walk through. Navigate via \Monitoring\Overview\ Alerts

Queries

Queries node helps to view and manage SCCM queries. You can create custom queries with WQL language. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\Queries

Reporting

Reporting node helps to view and manage reports and report subscriptions, and configure report options. This is the shortcut node for SQL SSRS reports. Navigate via – \Monitoring \Overview\Reporting

Site Hierarchy

Site Hierarchy node helps to view and manage the status of all sites in the hierarchy by using a hierarchy diagram or a geographical view. SCCM Console nodes overview will get you a walk through. The geographical view of the hierarchy requires a web browser and access to the internet. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\ Site Hierarchy

System Status

System Status node helps to view and manage site status, component status, conflicting records, and status message queries. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\System Status

Deployments

Deployments node helps to view information about the status of the deployed software. All the deployment first line reports are available in the node for your each deployment. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\Deployments

Client Operations

Client Operations node helps to view client operation details. More details about client operations are available in the following blog post. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview \Client Operations

Script Status

Script Status node helps to get the status of the PowerShell script status. SCCM admins to push PowerShell scripts to all the machines. Also, this is almost real time script deployment through fast channel push method. More details here. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview \ Script Status

Client Status

Client Status node helps to get the view and configuration options for client status. We have a blog post to give you an overview of Client Online Status in SCCM Console. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\Client Status

Distribution Status

Distribution status node helps to get the view content status, distribution status, and distribution point configuration status. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\Database Replication

Data Replication

Data Replication node helps to get a view or status of site to site database replication link. I have a blog post which talks about FAQs Related to SCCM SQL Based Database Replication. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\Database Replication

Updates and Servicing Status

Updates and Servicing Status node helps to view the status of SCCM updates you have installed in your SCCM environment. It’s like SCCM CB upgrade from 1802 to 1806 version. I have a blog post to understand the Secret Behind the Success of SCCM CB Updates and Servicing. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\Updates and Servicing Status

Software Update Point Synchronization Status

Software Update Point Synchronization Status node helps to view software update point (SUP) synchronization status across the hierarchy. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\ Software Update Point Synchronization Status

Compliance Settings

Compliance Settings node helps to get the details of compliance settings of your SCCM environment. SCCM Console nodes overview will get you a walk through. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview \Compliance Settings

Upgrade Readiness

Upgrade Readiness node helps to the detailed analyze device compatibility with Windows 10 to facilitate upgrades. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\Upgrade Readiness

Co-Management

Co-Management node helps to view co-management information in your environment. I have a series of blog post to understand what is co-management and How to Setup Co-Management Video Tutorials. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\Co-management

Surface Devices

Surface Devices node helps to view the surface devices details of your SCCM environment. Navigate via \Monitoring\Overview\Surface Devices

Administration –  SCCM Console Workspace

The Administration node is the SCCM console workplace where all the admin or server management configurations are performed. You could configure the SCCM server and cloud management options via UI from this place. The functionalities of following nodes are explained in the below section of this post.

Updates and Servicing Status
Hierarchy Configuration
Cloud Services
Site Configuration
Client Settings
Security
Distribution Points
Distribution Point Group
Migration
Management Insights

SCCM Console Nodes

Updates and Servicing Status

Updates and Servicing Status node helps to install recent updates of SCCM current branch (CB) when they are made available by Microsoft. You can download and install those updates directly from this node. Navigate via – \Administration\Overview\Updates and Servicing

Hierarchy Configuration

Hierarchy Configuration helps SCCM admins to manage boundaries, site to site communications, discovery methods, Active Directory forest and Exchange server connection settings. Navigate via – \Administration\Overview\Hierarchy Configuration

Cloud Services

Cloud Services node manages the cloud subscriptions and configuration for your SCCM environment. SCCM Console nodes overview will give a walk through of UI functionalities. Co-management, Azure Services, Microsoft Intune, CDP, and CMG etc setup and configurations are done from this node. Navigate via – \Administration\Overview\Cloud Services

Site Configuration

Site Configuration node helps SCCM admin to manage SCCM site servers and site system roles, security scopes, certificates, and accounts that you configure in SCCM console. Navigate via \Administration\Overview\Site Configuration

Client Settings

Client Settings node helps SCCM admins to configure client device/user policies from a central location. These policies will define the SCCM client’s behaviour in many scenarios. Navigate via – \Administration\Overview\Client Settings

Security

Security node helps SCCM admins to manage admin users, security roles, security scopes, certificates, and accounts that you configure in the SCCM console. Navigate via – \Administration\Overview\Security

Distribution Points

Distribution Points node helps SCCM admins to manage individual DPs and configuration properties, and view disk space capacity. SCCM Console nodes overview will give a walk through of UI functionalities. Navigate via – \Administration\Overview \Distribution Points

Distribution Point Group

Distribution Point Group node helps to manage distribution points as a groups. Navigate via \Administration\Overview\Distribution Point Groups

Migration

Migration node helps to manage migration of data from sites in a SCCM hierarchy to sites in your SCCM environment. Navigate via – \Administration\Overview\Migration

Management Insights

Management Insights node helps to Management Insights will help you to gain valuable insights into the current state of SCCM CB environment based on analysis of data in the site database. One of the scenarios the management insight would be useful is to understand your environment better and take action based on the insight. I have a post which talks about What is SCCM CB Management Insights.

References :-

How to use SCCM console nodes – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-in/library/bb632786.aspx

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