Console Overview Part 2
Welcome to part 2 of the System Center Configuration Manager Console Overview. In this lecture, we will begin where we stopped in Part 1.
- Updates and Servicing Status – Filters the view to show the details of the current update you are installing. This shows the branch level updates for Configuration manager in-console updates. To check the installed version of SCCM, From the ribbon, click the down arrow, click about Configuration Manager. Here we see the Branch level is 1902. Shown is a Hotfix for 1902 and update from 1902 to 1906 then to 1910.
- Compliance Policies – These policies display the state of security for client access. That means does the client have a pin or the required encryption key? And if not, the device could be marked as non-compliant.
- Co-Management – Enables you to move some of the work that you do with Windows 10, such as Endpoint Protection to Intune, while maintaining Configuration Manager for other work such as software distribution. These graphs show that CM is doing 100% of the work, while Intune focuses on Mobile devices.
- Cloud Management – Provides a simple way to manage Configuration Manager clients on the internet using Microsoft Azure. Azure focuses on testing, deploying, and managing applications in the cloud.
- Site Hierarchy – Helps to view and manage all of the sites in the Hierarchy by using a hierarchy diagram or geographical view.
- Deployments – Will display the status of deployed software. This shows the Windows 10 1809 and the update to 1903.
- Client Operations
- Client Status – Click, Production Client Deployment This shows the current version of the SCCM client software. From the client SAWS01, Type run in the search bar, now I’ll type control smscfgrc, to bring up Configuration Manager. Here we see that the current version of the configuration manager client, which is 8790. This matches the version in the Production Manager client deployment screen.
Client Health Dashboard – (Client Management Part 2)
Pre-Production Deployment – Using this, you can test the upgrade and functionality of the new SCCM client before you deploy to all your computers.
- Distribution Status – When a client needs to download a new operating system, an application, or a package, the client needs to contact a distribution point. You can check the status of the distribution point content. Here are all the Boot images, packages, and updates that have been sent to the distribution point.
Client Data Sources – Displays the Boundary group. Clients are assigned a boundary group so that they can get applications and updates, and the number of distribution points
Distribution Point Configuration Status – This show the configuration of the DP.
Here the DP is setup for PXE boot. (this will allow a computer to boot and accept an O/S. This also show’s messages; in this case, we have 13 messages from the DP.
At the bottom, click details. Displayed are all the messages
- Site Server Status - Shows the Role Name, whether the Site is active and the Status is ok.
- Security – Show the status of Endpoint Protection clients and devices missing critical or security updates and Health Attestation, which allows Windows 10 to do a health check to the cloud or an on-premises server before gaining access to internal resources. Let’s click (1) Endpoint Protection Health Status. Click Active clients protected with EP. In this case, SAWS01 is protected by End Point Protection.
- Upgrade Readiness – Analyzes a computers compatibility with Windows 10 to facilitate upgrades.
- Surface Devices – This node identifies the Surface devices like the Surface Book 2, or the Surface go
- Package Conversion Status – Older legacy packages can be converted into Applications that have additional benefits. You can check the status of the conversion by using this node.
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