SCCM Console Tips Tools Workspace Hidden Debug View

I have used the SCCM Tools workspace in many troubleshooting scenarios. Tools workspace in a hidden workspace within the SCCM console. In this post, you will see how to make the Tools workspace visible for SCCM admins and SCCM Console Tips.

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SCCM Tools Hidden Workspace

Have you seen the SCCM console with TOOLS Workspace? If not, here is the chance to create tools Workspace in the SCCM Console. You can add TOOLS workspace without writing a line of code and without using any 3rd party console extension. 

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SCCM Hidden Workspace – \Tools\Overview\Namespaces\

I used the SCCM tools workspace for many troubleshooting scenarios and finding out the WMI classes and paths of SCCM objects from the console. Tools hidden workspace is one of the SCCM console tips.

How to Make Tools Hidden Workspace Available in SCCM Console

You can enable Tools workspace from the SCCM console shortcut file. The following steps will help to make the hidden workspace SCCM Tools visible in the console.

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  • Start menu – Right click on Configuration Manager Console shortcut and select Properties
  • Add “sms:debugview” value as shown in the below picture
SCCM Console Tips Add "sms:debugview" value to SCCM Console Shortcut
Add “sms:debugview” value to SCCM Console Shortcut – SCCM Console Tips Tools Workspace Hidden Debug View
  • Click on the continue button on Access Denied Window
  • Re-launch the SCCM console
  • Click on Tools Workspace from SCCM console and start using it
  • Go to Software LibraryApplications
  • Right Click one application and Select Show Object Details
  • The application object details will be available in Tools Hidden Workspace
SCCM Tools Tips - Hidden Workspace
SCCM Tools Tips – Hidden Workspace – SCCM Console Tips Tools Workspace Hidden Debug View

How Useful is SCCM Tools Hidden Workspace?

You can get many useful troubleshooting tips after enabling Tools hidden Workplace. The following are some of the details you can get once you enable a hidden workspace called Tools in SCCM Console.

Tools hidden workspace is one of the SCCM console tips and more to follow in the below section of this post.

  • WMI NameSpace
  • WMI Class
  • WMI Path
  • Application Scope ID/CI Unique ID

Following are some of the examples of Tools Workspace troubleshooting examples.

  • Application – \Tools\Overview\Namespaces\SMS_ ApplicationLatest.ModelName=”ScopeId_77756C2C-A568-4030-B8E4-5864C7E51302/Application_06ca558a-ec56-4a7a-9907-b29a37f52d37″
  • Package – \Tools\Overview\Namespaces\SMS_Package. PackageID=”PR300003″
  • Boundary – \Tools\Overview\Namespaces\SMS_Boundary. BoundaryID=16777217
  • Site – \Tools\Overview\Namespaces\SMS_Site.SiteCode=”PR3″
  • Monitor – \Tools\Overview\Namespaces\SMS_ ComponentSummarizer.ComponentName=”CONFIGURATION_MANAGER_UPDATE”,MachineName=”SCCM_PROD.INTUNE.COM”,SiteCode=”PR3″,TallyInterval=”0001128000100008″
  • Collection Device – \Tools\Overview\Namespaces\SMS_Combined DeviceResources.ResourceID=2097152009
CI_UniqueID & _NameSPACE SCCM Console Tips
CI_UniqueID & _NameSPACE

Additional SCCM Console Tips

The following SCCM console options will help you with other SCCM console tips /options which will help your day-to-day operational task as SCCM Admin.

NOTE! – Instead the following SCCM console tips/options are useful for SCCM admin turn developers 🙂

SCCM Console OptionsDescription
/sms:debugview=1A DebugView is included in all ResultViews that specify a view. DebugView shows raw properties (names and values).
/sms:NamespaceView=1Shows namespace view in the SCCM console.
/sms:ResetSettingsThe SCCM console ignores user persisted connection and view states (SCCM Console window size is not reset).
/sms:IgnoreExtensionsDisables any SCCM extensions.
/sms:NoRestoreThe SCCM console ignores previous persisted node navigation.


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