#Tip of the Day

Check out for the most useful #ConfigMgr tips and tricks !!! 

Tip of the Day #1

You can cut/paste pretty much anything from the SCCM Console (CTRL+A/CTRL+C) to Excel or any text editor (CTRL+V). Useful if you quickly need to export a list of devices, packages, patches, applications, drivers or collections.

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Tip of the Day #2

You can use the "Merge selected files" option in CMTrace to open multiple logs in one pane. Handy for watching the progress of something that spans multiple processes

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Tip of the Day #3

Anything you extend in the SMS_Def.mof shows up in CMPivot as a querable class. I added a class to the HINV called "aaa" and it shows up immediately.

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Tip of the Day #4

You can use the Render operator in SCCM CMPivot to visually display your query result? Type on the last line of your CMPivot query: render barchart

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Tip of the Day #5

You can use CMPivot to query who is in Administrator on all of your machines, live.

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Tip of the Day #6

You can open the SCCM Client agent directly, use run "control smscfgrc"

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Tip of the Day #7

Always keeps in mind the maximum number of an incremental collection is 200! Depending on the number of collections, clients, frequency, and complexity. Maintain your incremental collection using "CEViewer" tool.

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Tip of the Day #8

You can add multiple resources to a collection by separating their names by a comma. (Right-click on the collection and press add resources)

Example

Add the following devices:

wks01,wks02,wks099

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Tip of the Day #9

CMTrace has an Error Lookup option to convert error codes into words. Press CTRL + L and paste the error code.

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Tip of the Day #10

Type in "CCM" in the run command and hit ENTER to bring up your local "C:\Windows\CCM" folder

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Tip of the Day #11

You can see which store procedure's run console dashboards. Dashboard HTML files are installed with the console. Right click on a dashboard and find out the source

SQL Query: 

 SELECT * FROM Console_DashboardCharts

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Tip of the Day #12

You can keep more logs on your SCCM site server Turn on ArchiveLogging !

 Check this registry key

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SMS\Tracing,  ArchiveLogging=1, ArchivePath=<local drive\folder>  

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Tip of the Day #13

Enable debug mode in console. This will allow you to see the different Properties, Methods and Instances which you’d normally use WBEMTest or similar to view.

  Add "sms:debugview" to the end of the console extension properties. 

 “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\bin\Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.exe” SMS:DebugView"  


Well documented HERE

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Tip of the Day #14

You can see the impact of each SCCM update. Add the impact column to the Updates and Servicing node so you know what components are part of that SCCM upgrade

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Tip of the Day #15

If you need to search for Servername or Ip Address etc. in SCCM Logs use the "Find in Files" Feature to find it in all Logfiles.

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Tip of the Day #16

You can see the SQL code behind any action in the admin console. View the "SMSProv.log" and search for 'Execute SQL' to find the query

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