SCCM Management Insights – Healthy SCCM Infra

SCCM Management Insights

I shared my experience about SCCM Management insights in the previous post. In this post, you will what are the management insight rules probably be coming soon with SCCM 1810 production release. SCCM 1810 production release is due for Nov 2018. Before the end of Nov 2018, I’m expecting the fast ring production version of SCCM 1810.

Update – Microsoft already released SCCM 1810 version with improvements in Management insights and with dashboard. More details about SCCM 1810 release here.

What is SCCM Management Insights?

SCCM Management Insights will help you to gain valuable insights into the current state of SCCM environment. The Management insights are 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.

Video Tutorial – Management Insights

Dashboard – SCCM Management Insights

Management insights dashboard provides the following table to get a review of SCCM infra with action items. The following are the three (3) graphical representation of SCCM Management Insights.

  1. Management Insights Index – Your Management insights index score is a weighted measurement covering all aspects of your deployment
  2. Management Insights Groups – Collection, Applications, Software Center, Security, Simplified Management, Cloud Services, and Proactive Maintenance
  3. Management Insights Priority – Critical, Recommended, and Optional

SCCM Management Insight Dashboard

The table view of insights is helpful to get an overview of action items. Please note that this view will be different for your environment.

Insight NameGroupPriorityLast ChangeStatus
Enable WSUS CleanupProactive MaintenanceRecommended11-11-2018 10:57Action Needed
Enable devices to be hybrid Azure Active Directory joinedCloud ServicesRecommended11-11-2018 10:57Action Needed
Assess co-management readinessCloud ServicesRecommended11-11-2018 10:57Action Needed
Configure Azure services for use with Configuration ManagerCloud ServicesRecommended11-11-2018 10:57Action Needed
Distribution points not serving content to clientsProactive MaintenanceRecommended11-11-2018 13:14Action Needed
Applications without deploymentsApplicationsOptional11-11-2018 10:57Action Needed

Where is the SCCM Management insights Node?

Navigate to SCCM  – \Administration\Overview\Management Insights\All Insights. I have explained this in the video tutorial here. Launch SCCM console and navigate via \Administration\Overview\Management Insights

  1. \Administration\Overview\Management Insights\All Insights
  2. \Administration\Overview\Management Insights\All Insights\Security
  3. \Administration\Overview\Management Insights\All Insights\Software Center
  4. \Administration\Overview\Management Insights\All Insights\Applications
  5. \Administration\Overview\Management Insights\All Insights\MacOS and Unix
  6. \Administration\Overview\Management Insights\All Insights\Simplified Management
  7. \Administration\Overview\Management Insights\All Insights\Collections
  8. \Administration\Overview\Management Insights\All Insights\Cloud Services
  9. \Administration\Overview\Management Insights\All Insights\Proactive Maintenance (in 1810?)

List of Groups – Management Insights

SCCM Management Insights Groups includes the following groups. These insights groups are segregated based on SCCM functionality. And SCCM team will add new groups in each release of SCCM.

  1. Collection
  2. Applications
  3. Software Center
  4. Security
  5. Simplified Management
  6. MacOS and Unix
  7. Cloud Services
  8. Proactive Maintenance

Each management insights group contains a set of rules, and those rules will help you to keep SCCM environment clean & healthy. SCCM team is adding new rules in each release of SCCM.

SCCM 1810 Improvements-Management Insights

List of Rules – Management Insights

The new management rules are getting added with every release of SCCM. The following SCCM management insights rules are available out of the box:

  1. Software Center – Rule 1 – Direct your user to software center instead of the application catalog
  2. Software Center – Rule 2 – Use the new version of Software Center
  3. Security – UNsupported antimalware client versions
  4. MacOS and Unix – SCEP for Mac and Linux end of support
  5. Application – Rule 1 – Applications without deployments
  6. Simplified Management – Rule 1 – Non-CB Client Versions
  7. Collection – Rule 1 – Empty Collections
  8. Cloud Services – Rule 1 – Assess co-management readiness. There are three (3) prerequisites for co-management
    1. Update clients to the latest Windows 10 version
    2. Configure Azure Services for use with SCCM
    3. Enable Devices to be hybrid Azure Active Directory Joined
  9. Cloud Services – Rule 2 – Configure Azure Services to use with SCCM
  10. Cloud Services – Rule 3 – Enable Devices to be hybrid Azure Active Directory joined
  11. Cloud Services – Rule 4 – Update Clients to the latest Windows Version
  12. Proactive Maintenance – Rule 1 -Boundary groups with no assigned site systems
  13. Proactive Maintenance – Rule 2 – Boundary groups with no members
  14. Proactive Maintenance – Rule 3 -Distribution points not serving content to clients
  15. Proactive Maintenance – Rule 4 – Enable WSUS Cleanup
  16. Proactive Maintenance – Rule 5 -Unused boot images
  17. Proactive Maintenance – Rule 6 -Unused configuration items
  18. Proactive Maintenance – Rule 7 -Upgrade peer cache sources to the latest version of the SCCM client

Logs and Management Insights Automatic Schedule 

The management insight rules reevaluate their applicability on a weekly schedule. To reevaluate a rule on-demand, right-click the rule and select Re-evaluate. The log file for management insight rules is SMS_DataEngine.log on the site server.

Component registry key – HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SMS\Tracing\SMS_DataEngine

Log File – SMS_DataEngine.log

SCCM Management Insights – Take Action Button is Missing?

Have you seen Managment insights but there is no button called Take Action? How to fix this kind of issue? How to troubleshoot SCCM management insights?

First of all you need to understand the SCCM managment Insights Take Action option is available only for SCCM 1806 or later.

Navigate to a filtered view based on a query. For example, taking action on the empty collections rule shows just these collections in the list of collections. Then take further action, such as deleting a collection or modifying its membership rules.

SCCM 1810 Improvements


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