SCCM Desktop Analytics Integration to Help Evergreen Updates

In Ignite 2018, Microsoft announced Desktop Analytics to help organizations with Windows 10 & Office evergreen updates. In this post, you will learn how to perform SCCM Desktop Analytics integration and more about Desktop analytics.

Updated Post 7th June 2020 – Desktop Analytics Configuration Step by Step Guide – Device Mgmt Portal

Note! – This is available only on 1902 Preview Versions

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What is Desktop Analytics

You can use Desktop Analytics to reduce the time and effort required to understand applications and Office 365 Compatibility for your organization. Also, Desktop Analytics can automatically identify the best-suited PILOT DEVICES in your organization.

You can use readiness data to target the specific devices ready to upgrade to the next version of Windows 10 or Office. This data helps you receive a recommendation on optimizing your pilot population with telemetry data analysis.

The following are the Features part of Desktop Analytics:

  • Compatibility Insights
  • Recommended Pilot
  • App Usage Insights
  • Discover top issues affecting users

NOTE! – Another point is that Microsoft is continually changing its Windows 10 update strategy. The most recent change is that they removed Windows 10 Semi-Annual Targeted (SAC-T).


Why is Microsoft moving away from Windows Analytics to Desktop Analytics?

Yes, it’s true. But I don’t know why Microsoft is moving away. This move could be because of the more advanced features and capabilities of Desktop Analytics (AIOPs?).

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There are three (3) main solutions in Windows Analytics (Upgrade Readiness, Device Health, and Update Compliance).

And all these three solutions will be merged into Desktop Analytics. You can see more details about SCCM Desktop Analytics integration in this post.

Desktop Analytics will be using the same mechanism of Log Analytics workspaces to store and process telemetry data received from Windows 10 and Office 365 pro plus.

Advantages of Desktop Analytics

  • Single pane of glass for getting and staying current across Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus
  • Deep integration with Microsoft management tools
  • Richer app and Office macro insights with App Health Analyzer and Readiness Toolkit for Office
  • Data-driven pilot ring creation

Prerequisites – Desktop Analytics

In this section, you will see the prerequisites to connect Desktop Analytics with SCCM are?

  • Latest SCCM Version (Stay Current) with proper RBAC access to SCCM and Azure
  • Access to create Azure Server apps (or Need help from the team who can develop apps in Azure)
  • Azure Subscription (I need some help from Azure Subscription Admins)
  • Azure Log Analytics workspace (I need Some more help to get contributor access)
  • Install Desktop Analytics connector on the server where SCCM Service Connection Point is online
  • Telemetry data set should be enabled with Commercial ID on the Windows client devices

SCCM Desktop Analytics Integration

Like SCCM Connector Setup, you need to create another Azure services connection from the SCCM console to integrate Desktop Analytics with SCCM. The following steps will tell you more about SCCM Desktop analytics integration and configuration.

As mentioned in the prerequisite section above, you must install the Desktop Analytics connector on a service connection point configured for online mode.

The following steps will help you to integrate SCCM with Desktop Analytics:

  • Navigate to SCCM console – Administration – Cloud Services – Azure Services
  • On the Configure Azure Services page – Enter the name SCCM Desktop Analytics and Description
  • Select Desktop Analytics and click on the Next button
  • Select Azure Public cloud from the App Properties page
  • Click on the Import button from the Server application to create an Azure server application. NOTE – You should have proper access to Azure subscription to create server applications.
  • Click on the Sign-in button to provide your Azure user name and password, and click OK and OK after successful sign in.
  • Click Next to go to the Diagnostics Data Page of the SCCM Desktop Analytics wizard
  • In the diagnostics data page, enter the commercial ID of your Azure Log Analytics workspace (How to get your Commercial ID? Follow the steps below):
    • Home ( – Pick a resource group – Overview – Solutions
    • On a Solution setting in a menu, you will Upgrade readiness settings, there will be a Commercial Id Key.
  • Click on the Next button to get to the Diagnostics page. Select telemetry data settings from this page:
    • Basic
    • Enhanced (Limited) => Recommended settings
    • Enhanced
    • Full
  • Click the Next and Next buttons to Select collections to be onboard to Desktop Analytics.
  • Choose a Memorable Display name to identify this SCCM in Desktop Analytics
  • Select a collection that contains all the devices to configure for Desktop Analytics
  • Browse Device Collections and select a device collection OK
  • Select Yes to target Devices in the device collection to use a user-authenticated proxy for outbound communication for SCCM Desktop Analytics
  • Click on Add button to Select Specific groups to Synchronize with Desktop Analytics. You can see these collections in your deployment plans
  • Click on the Next, Next, and Finish button to close the Azure Desktop Analytics cloud serviced connection wizard
  • You can go to the properties of Desktop Analytics Azure cloud service connection from the SCCM console and change the collections

Video Tutorial to Integrate Desktop Analytics and SCCM

Telemetry Data Requirements for Desktop Analytics

You need to collect the telemetry data from Windows client devices to populate useful information on Desktop Analytics. To enable the system, application, and driver data to be shared with Microsoft, you must configure user devices to send Windows and Office 365 Pro-plus telemetry data.

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Windows Diagnostics Data

The Enhanced (limited) telemetry setting is the minimum telemetry requirement for Desktop Analytics on devices running Windows 10 version 1803 or later.

If you select Enhanced (limited), are the new telemetry settings, devices that run Windows 10 1709 or earlier only report basic diagnostic data.

Starting with Windows 10 version 1803, the device name is no longer collected by default and requires a separate opt-in. You can use SCCM Desktop Analytics to get these details.

NOTE! – The Windows 10 devices show notifications when changes occur to diagnostic data levels. Users can change levels in settings (Windows 10 version 1803 and later).

Office Diagnostics Data

Microsoft office collects diagnostics data so that you can keep Office secure, up-to-date, and performing correctly.

This Office data is limited to settings, device capabilities, and how users use features and services. This telemetry data is not associated with user names and their files.

Desktop Analytics Features

The following Tables give you the details about the SCCM Desktop Analytics capabilities with the collected Telemetry data from Windows devices.

Windows 7 and Windows 8.1Windows 10 -1709 and EarlierWindows 10 1803 and Later
Diagnostic Data LevelCommercial Data opt-in enabledBasicEnhanced (Limited)
Desktop Analytics FunctionalityPartialPartialFull
Compatibility InsightsYesYesYes
Recommended PilotYesYesYes
App Usage InsightsNot SupportedNoYes
Discover top issues affecting usersNot SupportedNoYes
SCCM Desktop Analytics Integration to Help Evergreen Updates

Results SCCM Desktop Analytics

I have not tested the SCCM desktop analytics integration from the client machines. Desktop analytics is not released yet for public preview. Hence I don’t have access to try the client-side.

I will try to publish a follow-up blog once the desktop analytics public preview is available.

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9 thoughts on “SCCM Desktop Analytics Integration to Help Evergreen Updates”

  1. Nice article.

    In the start of the article, you said it requires SCCM Technical Preview 1902 but I’ve been able to install 1902 TP and still don’t see Desktop Analytics. I’m trying to get this testing going in SCCM so I can show my customers. Is there some other action you had to take to get Desktop Analytics to show in “Configure Azure Services” in 1902 tech preview of SCCM?


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