Walk Through SCCM ConfigMgr Console

I created this post for SCCM 2012 but this is useful for SCCM CB as well. In case you are newbie to SCCM and wanted to understand the console then this is the post for you. A quick Walk Through SCCM ConfigMgr Console.

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The Configuration Manager 2012 uses the common System Center framework for its administrator console (“Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.exe”), and no longer relies on an MMC interface as previous versions of SCCM and SMS 2003 used.

SCCM ConfigMgr Console

Launch ConfigMgr / SCCM console – Click Start | All Programs | Microsoft System Center | Configuration Manager 2012. Issues with the SCCM / ConfigMgr administrative console can be traced in the SMSAdminUI.log file and this file is located at “~\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\AdminUILog”.

Connect to New Site (Primary server) – Click on the drop down Arrow near to Home button. From the drop down list, you can select “Connect to a New Site” option. Through this “You can connect to a primary or secondary site by specifying the FQDN or computer name of the server in that site”.

SCCM / ConfigMgr administrative console – Most Commonly Used Terminologies.

1) Workspace – This is a set of large ‘bars‘ in the bottom left window pane. The workspace provides high level features, or topics, that can be accessed to perform duties such as administration of a site, managing software, monitoring a site, and managing assets and compliance data. When a workspace is selected, the remainder of the Configuration Manager Console reflects the workspace accessed. The default workspace selection can be “Asset and Compliance” SCCM ConfigMgr Console.

SCCM ConfigMgr Console

2) Navigation Pane – This is located above the workspaces in the far left window pane. The navigation pane nodes that are displayed are dependent upon the workspace selected. In the Configuration Manager 2007 console, this was referred to as the ‘tree pane’.)


3) Ribbon – This is the set of actions or tasks for the selected navigation pane node or list view/results pane item selected. The Ribbon replaces the “Actions pane” from Configuration Manager 2007.

SCCM ConfigMgr Console

4) Results Pane – This is the large window pane that appears in the middle of the ConfigMgr / SCCM Console 2012. The results pane displays objects based on the node or item selected in the navigation pane. The results pane is comprised of a list view, a details pane, and a filter box (see below for more information on these items).

SCCM ConfigMgr Console

5) List View – This is the top portion of the results pane, and displays items based on the node or object selected in the navigation pane.

SCCM ConfigMgr Console

6) Details Pane – This is the bottom portion of the results pane, and when it appears, displays additional details about the object selected in the list view.

SCCM ConfigMgr Console

7) Search Box – This is a box that appears at the very top of the results pane, above the list view, and below the Ribbon, that allows you to enter text for filtering the results of the results pane list view.

SCCM ConfigMgr Console

In depth documentation about the each function of SCCM / ConfigMgr 2012 console can be found in the following link.

Preview and experience both new and old functions in System Center Configuration Manager 2012

To Know More about Shortcut Keys which can be used in CM 2012 console , refer ConfigMgr 2012 Console – quickly navigating

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