This is my first post on the SCCM Educational post series. I will provide more information about the “SCCM Educational post series” in upcoming posts. In case you are a newbie to SCCM, then these are the important guidelines for you. The details of SCCM Console nodes or buttons will give you an overall idea of UI capabilities.
This post will help me to learn and understand SCCM in a better way. I always think about a teaching technique that starts from the SCCM console. Do you think it would be ok to start SCCM learning with an SCCM console overview? I have also included an Audio explanation in the video tutorial about the SCCM console overview.
SCCM Education Series Posts
- Walkthrough of SCCM Console
- How to Promote Pre-Production SCCM Client to Production
- What is Collection, How to Create SCCM Static Collections
What is SCCM Console?
SCCM console is an administrative tool where an admin can perform various 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 the SCCM console and click on the drop-down Arrow near to Home button. From the drop-down list, you can select the “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 Microsoft Docs. So it’s useful to understand each part of the SCCM console. SCCM Console nodes overview will help newbies to understand the console functionalities in a better way.
Workspace is a set of large ‘bars‘ in the bottom left window pane of the 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.
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.
The ribbon is in the SCCM console where the admin cab performs a set of actions or tasks for the selected navigation pane node or list view/ results pane item chosen.
Result Pane is the large windowpane 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 comprises a list view, a details pane, and a filter box (see below for more information on these items).
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 is the bottom portion of the results pane, and when it appears, it displays additional details about the object selected in the list view.
SCCM Console Nodes Overview – Work-spaces
In this SCCM console nodes overview, I will give a high-level overview of each function underneath four (4) workplaces.
Assets and Compliance
Assets and Compliance SCCM Console Workspace
Following are the basic functionalities of the Assets and Compliance workspace of the 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
- Users node helps to manage users and user groups for this SCCM hierarchy. Navigate via \Assets and Compliance\Overview\Users
- The devices node in console helps to manage devices for the SCCM environment. Navigate via \Assets and Compliance\ Overview\Devices
- 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 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 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 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 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 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 that manages the software-related configuration and deployments. More details are available in the below section. Also, find the sub-nodes of Software Library Work-Space, and its brief description in the following section.
Application Management Software Updates Operating Systems Windows 10 Servicing Windows 10 Servicing Office 365 Client Management Scripts
- 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 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
- The 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 helps you deploy PowerShell scripts to Devices and collections using fast channel deployment method
Monitoring – SCCM Console Workspace
Monitoring workspace in the SCCM console is where you 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 the SCCM environment. Following are the nodes of the 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
- 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 node helps to view and manage SCCM queries. You can create custom queries with WQL language. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\Queries
- 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 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 node helps to view and manage site status, component status, conflicting records, and status message queries. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\System Status
- 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 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 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 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 node helps to get the view content status, distribution status, and distribution point configuration status. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\Database 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 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 node helps to the detailed analyze device compatibility with Windows 10 to facilitate upgrades. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\Upgrade Readiness
- The 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 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 in 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 the following nodes are explained in the below section of this post.
Updates and Servicing Status
Distribution Point Group
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
How to use SCCM console nodes – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-in/library/bb632786.aspx