Walk Through SCCM ConfigMgr Console Endpoint Manager. I created this post for SCCM 2012, but this is useful for SCCM CB. If you are a newbie to SCCM and want to understand the console, then this is the post for you. A quick Walk Through SCCM ConfigMgr Console.
I have a new blog post about the latest nodes of the SCCM/ConfigMgr console – Beginners Guide Step By Step SCCM Console Nodes Overview (anoopcnair.com)
Walk Through SCCM ConfigMgr Console Endpoint Manager
The Configuration Manager 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.
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. You can select the “Connect to a New Site” option from the drop-down list. 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 site administration, 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.
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.
4) Results Pane – This large windowpane 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 comprises a list view, a details pane, and a filter box (see below for more information on these items).
5) List View – The top portion of the results pane displays items based on the node or object selected in the navigation pane.
6) Details Pane – This is the bottom portion of the results pane, and when it appears, it displays additional details about the object selected in the list view.
7) Search Box – This box appears at the top of the results pane, above the list view, and below the Ribbon, allowing you to enter text to filter the results of the results panelist view.
In-depth documentation about each SCCM / ConfigMgr 2012 console function can be found in the following link.
Preview and experience both new and old functions in System Center Configuration Manager 2012
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