SCCM 2012 Beta 2 changes overview Part 5 – Inventory

08/08/2011

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In the past I extended my SCCM 2007 hardware inventory, following Microsoft’s procedure, which was not very intuitive and required manual edit of the ‘SMS_def.mof’ text file. Adding new hardware classes to my inventory was more complex because I needed to find the right WMI class, edit another text file (Configuration.mof) and check my file structure with ‘mofcomp.exe’ command.

SCCM 2012 offers a much easier way to do this via the user interface:

Enabling Device Properties

  • Select your current client settings (or create a new one) and click on properties

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  • Click on ‘Set Classes’ under the hardware inventory section

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  • Check the properties that you like (i.e: collect information about your Time Zone Settings)

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  • The results are shown in the resource explorer and in SCCM reports

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נורת חשמל You need to click the close button several times in order to close the properties window, its a new feature. חיוך קורץ

 

Adding new device/class to hardware inventory

  • In the hardware inventory class window click the add button
  • Next click the ‘Connect’ button
  • In the Connection page
    • Check the ‘Recursive’ option to get all the available WMI classes
    • Fill in the server name and the credentials, if needed 
    • Press on the ‘Connect’ button to get the classes list

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  • Select the desired class and click ‘Edit’

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  • Give your new device/class a friendly name (instead of the default class name)
    • You can also set the unit size

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  • Now you can select the properties you want to add (as you did in the previous section).

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  • You can see the result in the resource explorer:

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  • To verify the presented data you can run the following PowerShell command:

Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_PhysicalMemory –ComputerName ServerName | Format-Table BankLabel,DeviceLocator,Speed,@{Name=”Capacity(MB)”;Expression={$_.Capacity/1mb}} –AutoSize

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