Learn about hardware inventory. You can create a report of all the assets you have added into SCCM and review their hardware profiles for auditing purposes.
- [Instructor] We're going to configure the Default Client Settings for our hardware inventory. Inventory tells us physical properties that are installed on our devices. Let's go ahead and select Administration and on the left-hand side we'll choose Client Settings. And we see our Default Client Settings. Let's go ahead and right-click and choose Properties. And under our Default Settings, there's lots of different things to choose. We're going to choose Hardware Inventory. So if we select that on the right-hand side, we now see several things we can configure.
The first thing would be to enable Hardware Inventory on clients, and by default that is going to be Yes. Then we have a scheduling option. So we go ahead and click on Schedule, and we can see that by default it's set to run every seven days. If we want, we can change that to any other amount we would like. We can also hit the dropdown and choose Minutes or Hours, as well. If we want, we can also create what's called a Custom schedule. Let's go ahead and click on Customize. And we can see that we can choose the day and the time, as well as the recurrence pattern.
Once you have set the day and time the way you want it, we can go ahead and click OK. And we'll click OK again. There's also an option to set a Maximum random delay, and that is set in minutes. This randomization across all your clients helps load balance inventory processing on the site server. You can specify any value between zero and 480 minutes, and by default, as you see here, it's set to 240. The next setting we can choose is the Maximum custom MIF file.
And this specifies the maximum size in kilobytes allowed for each custom management information format, which is what MIF stands for, that the client collects during the inventory cycle. The Configuration Manager Hardware Inventory agent doesn't process any custom MIF files that exceed this size. You can specify anywhere from one kilobyte to over 5000 kilobytes. Our next setting is the hardware inventory classes. Let's go ahead and click on that and you can see the different types of classes.
You can also filter by category or type at the top, or even search for a particular class. Now, these are the default check boxes that you see here, of items that are already going to be in our inventory cycle. If you like, you can go ahead and check additional boxes, or you can even uncheck boxes, as well. And we can scroll down and choose whatever options that we would need for our inventory. If you expand some of these options, you can see a lot of sub-categories, as well.
Once you have everything set the way you'd like, you can go ahead and click OK. You can also import and export from other locations if you've created a customized file in the past. Let's go ahead and click OK here. Our last option is for the collection of MIF files. We can see that by default it's set to None. We also have several options here. Using this setting to specify whether to collect MIF files from Configuration Manager clients allows us to have enduring inventory. For an MIF file to be collected by a hardware inventory, it must be in the correct location on the client computer.
And by default, they are going to be in the CCM inventory folder on each client. When we're all done, just go ahead and click OK. When you deploy multiple client settings to the same device, user or user group, the prioritization and combination of settings can be complex. So we can view the client settings, by going to our Assets and Compliance. And in this case we'll choose the User Collections. Let's go ahead and double-click on All Users.
And we'll choose a user that's in active directory, and we'll right-click, choose Client Settings, and then choose Resultant Client Settings. These are the Read Only results of all of the policies that have been applied towards this particular client. So if we take a look, it's read only here, it's grayed out so we cannot make any changes. So under Cloud Services, we see Allow access to the cloud distribution point, yes, we have access to that. If we go down to Enrollment, we can see that users are not allowed to enroll mobile devices and Mac computers.
And we go down to User and Device Affinity, and we can see that we're not allowing the user to define their primary devices. So if any of these settings don't look correct to you, you can go back into the default settings, and make changes and then come back here and make sure the resultant client settings look the way you want. You can also do the resultant settings on the devices, as well. Inventory can be very useful to the IT administrator, as it allows the administrator to know what's on their devices and allows for changes to be made to collect additional information, as needed.
- Deploying and managing the Configuration Manager client
- Configuring and managing hardware inventory
- Reviewing Asset Intelligence reports
- Deploying operating systems
- Deploying software updates
- Configuring automatic deployment rules
- Managing Device Guard
- Configuring an Endpoint Protection site
- Setting up antimalware policies