SCCM Console Beginners Guide | ConfigMgr

Let us learn the SCCM Console Beginners Guide | ConfigMgr.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.

If you are a newbie to SCCM, these are the important guidelines for you. The details of SCCM Console nodes or buttons will give you an overall idea of UI capabilities. Let’s have a walkthrough of all SCCM admin console workspaces, and Tier 1 nodes in this post.

This post will help me learn and understand SCCM in a better way. I always think about a teaching technique that starts from the SCCM console. Do you think beginning SCCM learning with an SCCM console overview would be ok? You can have more detailed training on SCCM from HTMD SCCM Free training videos.

You can check out our Top 50 Intune and SCCM interview questions in the following list. We have also included some great tips and tricks to get selected in the Interview process. But first of all understanding, the SCCM admin console is the most important step!

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SCCM Education Series Posts

Another set of interesting posts related to the basics of Configuration Manager. Also, there are deep-dive technical training videos on SCCM. Free SCCM Training 37 Hours Of Latest Technical Content Lab Setup.

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 Applications, 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 SCCM / ConfigMgr administrative console issues can be traced in the SMSAdminUI.log file.

“~\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\AdminUILog”

SCCM Admin Console Walkthrough Video

Let’s check out SCCM Admin Console Walkthrough Video – SCCM Admin Console Walkthrough | 6 Workspaces | Several SCCM console Nodes.

SCCM Admin Console Walkthrough Video

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

Launch the SCCM console and click on the drop-down Arrow near to Home button. You can select the “Connect to a New Site” option from the drop-down list. 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.

Following are the 7 (seven) most commonly used terms within the SCCM admin community. If Microsft can check the heatwave of the SCCM console, I think, admins spend most of their time between Assets and Compliance and Software Library workspaces.

  1. Workspaces
  2. Navigation Pane
  3. Ribbon
  4. Search Box
  5. List View
  6. Details Pane
  7. Result Pane
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SCCM Console Beginners Guide ConfigMgr Walkthrough 2

Workspace

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:-

  1. Administration
  2. Software Library
  3. Monitoring
  4. Assets and Compliance
  5. Community
  6. Tools

When a workspace is selected, the SCCM Console reflects the workspace accessed. The default workspace selection can be “Asset and Compliance” SCCM Console. SCCM Admin Console Beginners Guide ConfigMgr Walkthrough table 1 provides the details of each workspace in the SCCM admin console.

WorkspacesDescription
Administration Administration of the site and cloud configurations. Global Settings are configured here.
Software LibraryManage software, OS, Patches, Windows 10/11, Microsoft Edge Browser & Office365 Servicing
MonitoringAlerts, Queries, Monitoring Status of all deployments, Site Servers
Assets and ComplianceUsers, Devices, Collections, Compliance settings, etc
CommunityMS Documentation access from the console. Download Community tools, Reports from the admin console
ToolsHidden workspace for troubleshooting
SCCM Admin Console Beginners Guide ConfigMgr Walkthrough – Table 1

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 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.

Results Pane

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

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, it displays additional details about the object selected in the list view.

SCCM Console Nodes Overview  – Workspaces

This SCCM console nodes overview will 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 the Assets and Compliance workspace of the SCCM console. Following are the nodes which will help you with admin activities. Let’s understand what Result Pane is in SCCM console.

  • 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 Beginners Guide ConfigMgr Walkthrough 2
SCCM Console Beginners Guide ConfigMgr Walkthrough 2

Users

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

Devices

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

User Collections

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

Device Collections

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

User State Migration

The user state migration node helps 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

The Asset Intelligence node in the SCCM console helps 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 manage user state migration when you deploy Operating System. Navigate via \Assets and Compliance\Overview\User State Migration

Compliance Settings

Compliance settings help 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

The 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 area.

  • Application Management
  • Software Updates
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows 11 Servicing
  • Windows 10 Servicing
  • Office 365 Client Management
  • Microsoft Edge Management
  • Scripts
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SCCM Console Beginners Guide ConfigMgr Walkthrough 3

Application Management

Application management is 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

The 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

The Operating System node helps 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 Servicing

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

\Software Library\Overview\Windows Servicing

Office 365 Client Management

Office 365 Client Management mode helps install, configure, monitor, and manage Office 365 clients. Navigate – \Software Library\Overview\Office 365 Client Management

Scripts

Scripts help you deploy PowerShell scripts to Devices and collections using the fast channel deployment method – \Software Library\Overview\Scripts

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 the 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
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SCCM Console Beginners Guide ConfigMgr Walkthrough 4

Alerts

Alerts node helps to view and manage alerts. This will help you subscribe or forward email alerts of some alerts from the 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 the 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

The 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 idea of the hierarchy requires a web browser and access to the internet. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\ Site Hierarchy

System Status

The 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

The 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 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 the fast-channel push method. More details are here. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview \ Script Status.

Client Status

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

Distribution Status

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

Data Replication

The data Replication node helps get a view or status of the site to the site database replication link. I have a blog post 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 the SCCM CB upgrade from the 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

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

Upgrade Readiness

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

Co-Management

The co-Management node helps to view co-management information in your environment. I have a series of blog posts to understand co-management and How to set up Co-Management Video Tutorials. Navigate via – \Monitoring\Overview\Co-management.

Surface Devices

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

Administration –  SCCM Console Workspace

The Administration node in the SCCM console workplace performs all the admin or server management configurations. 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
Hierarchy Configuration
Cloud Services
Site Configuration
Client Settings
Security
Distribution Points
Distribution Point Group
Migration
Management Insights

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SCCM Console Beginners Guide ConfigMgr Walkthrough 5

Updates and Servicing Status

Updates and Servicing Status node helps install recent updates of the SCCM current branch (CB) when Microsoft makes them available. 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

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

Site Configuration

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

Client Settings

Client Settings node helps SCCM admins configure client device/user policies from a central location. These policies will define the SCCM client’s behavior 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

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

Distribution Point Group

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

Migration

The migration node helps manage data migration from sites in an 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 gain valuable insights into the current state of the SCCM CB environment based on analysis of data in the site database.

One of the scenarios in the management insight would be useful to better understand your environment and take action based on the insight. I have a post that talks about What is SCCM CB Management Insights.

Community Workspace

The community workspace is the newest workspace got introduced to the SCCM admin console. There are two nodes under the SCCM Community workspace.

  • Documentation – SCCM Documentation from Microsoft doc is pulled directly to the admin console.
  • Community Hub – The hub uses GitHub to share the tools between the SCCM community directly via console.

SCCM Community Hub is the central location where you can share and down SCCM Scripts, Reports, & Console extensions with other admins. SCCM Community hub is released in SCCM 1902 Production version with limited capabilities.

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SCCM Console Beginners Guide ConfigMgr Walkthrough 6

Tools SCCM Workspace – Hidden

SCCM Tools workspace in many troubleshooting scenarios. The Tools workspace is a hidden workspace within the SCCM console.

Read MoreSCCM Console Tips Tools Hidden Workspace Debug View!

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SCCM Console Beginners Guide ConfigMgr Walkthrough 9

Author

Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Device Management Admin with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc.

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