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Generating Asset Intelligence Data with Configuration Manager 2007

Generating Asset Intelligence Data with Configuration Manager 2007

Table of Contents

Generating Asset Intelligence Data with Configuration Manager 2007

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Exercise 1 Enabling an Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point

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Exercise 2 Collecting Asset Intelligence Inventory Data

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Exercise 3 Using Asset Intelligence Inventory Data

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Generating Asset Intelligence Data with Configuration Manager 2007

Objectives

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

 

Install an Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point

Enable Asset Intelligence data collection

Create custom categories and families to customize the Asset Intelligence data

Create a custom application for Asset Intelligence reporting

Import 3 rd party license information to the site database for reporting

Run various reports on Asset Intelligence data

Scenario

In this lab you will enable an asset intelligence synchronization point, collect asset intelligence inventory data, and use the asset intelligence data.

Estimated Time to Complete This Lab

Computers used in this Lab

75 Minutes

WindowsServer2008Computers used in this L a b 7 5 M i n u t e s

WindowsVistathis L a b 7 5 M i n u t e s WindowsServer2008 The password

The password for the Administrator account on all computers in this lab is:

password

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Exercise 1 Enabling an Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point

Scenario

In this exercise, you will install an Asset Intelligence synchronization point for the site. You will not use this site role in the lab, however this procedure will provide experience for setting up this role in your production environment.

Tasks

Detailed Steps

Complete the following tasks on:

a.

Log on using the following credentials:

User name: ConfigMgrDom\Administrator

Password: password

Password: password

 

WindowsServer2008

Note: The Windows Server 2008 desktop appears.

1. Log on to the site server

2. Start the

a.

Click Start | ConfigMgr Console.

Configuration

Note: The Configuration Manager Console window appears displaying the default home page.

Manager Console

3. Install an Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point

a.

In the tree pane, expand Site Database | Site Management | R2P | Site Settings | Site Systems.

Note: The site systems for the current site appear in the tree pane. Notice that there is only one site system, that being the site server, ConfigMgrSrv.

 

b.

In the tree pane, click ConfigMgrSrv, and then in the Actions pane, click New Roles.

Note: The New Site Role Wizard General dialog box appears displaying general properties of the site system. As this is an existing site system, the General page has previously been configured as needed.

c.

Click Next.

Note: The New Site Role Wizard System Role Selection dialog box appears displaying the available roles for this site system. Any roles already installed on this site system are no longer displayed here.

d.

Under Available roles, select Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point, and then click Next.

Note: The New Site Role Wizard Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point Connection Settings dialog box appears prompting for the path to the certificate required for connection to System Center Online. You will not have a live connection to System Center Online in this lab environment, however this procedure will demonstrate how to configure an Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point for your production environment.

e.

In the Path to Certificate box, type \\ConfigMgrSrv\Lab Files\AI Cert\ AI Sync Point Cert.pfx, and then click Next.

Note: The New Site Role Wizard Proxy Server Settings dialog box appears prompting for the proxy information for connection to System Center Online. You will not need to configure a proxy connection for the lab environment, however you likely would be required to configure a proxy to access System Center Online for your Asset

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Intelligence Synchronization Point in your production environment.

f.

Click Next to continue without configuring proxy settings.

Note: The New Site Role Wizard Synchronization Schedule dialog box appears prompting for setting a schedule for connection to System Center Online. As you will not have a connection to System Center Online in the lab environment, you will not need to schedule automatic synchronizations. However in your production environment you likely would want to configure automatic synchronization on a scheduled basis.

g.

Clear Enable synchronization on a schedule, and then click Next.

Note: The New Site Role Wizard Summary dialog box appears indicating that the wizard is ready to install the new role to this site system.

h.

Click Next.

Note: The New Site Role Wizard Wizard Completed dialog box appears indicating that the wizard has completed successfully.

i.

Click Close.

Note: The list of site system roles installed on this site system appears in the details pane. Notice that the Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point has now been added to the list. It will take a minute for the Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point to be installed.

j.

In the tree pane, expand Site Database | System Status |Site Status | R2P | Site System Status.

Note: The site systems and roles for the current site appear in the results pane. Notice that there is a new site system role on ConfigMgrSrv, that being the “Asset Intelligence catalog synchronization point”. Also notice that its state is OK. If the role is not yet listed, you do not need to wait for the installation to complete, as we are not using the synchronization point in the lab. You have now installed an Asset Intelligence Synchronization Point in the lab environment. While this is not going to be used in our lab, it does show you how to enable this role for your production environments. In the next exercise, you will enable Asset Intelligence data collection, and then force clients to report hardware inventory data, which will include Asset Intelligence data.

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Exercise 2 Collecting Asset Intelligence Inventory Data

Scenario

In this exercise, you will collect Asset Intelligence information from your clients. You will begin by enabling Asset Intelligence inventory collection in the site, then force clients to retrieve policies and deliver hardware inventory data.

Tasks

Detailed Steps

Complete the following tasks on:

a.

In the tree pane, expand Site Database | Computer Management.

Note: The available Computer Management nodes appear in the tree pane. For Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, a new node is added to the console that being “Asset Intelligence”.

is added to the console that being “Asset Intelligence”. WindowsServer2008 b. In the tree pane, click

WindowsServer2008

b.

In the tree pane, click Asset Intelligence.

1.

Enable Asset

Note: The Asset Intelligence home page appears in the results pane displaying the current configuration of Asset Intelligence and results of catalog synchronization and data collection by clients. Notice that the Asset Intelligence home page has four sections – The top section displays the state of Asset Intelligence data collection (disabled at this time), the state of the synchronization point (deployed) and the synchronization point (periodic catalog sync is disabled) The second section displays the current status of Asset Intelligence inventory information (by default, the only data includes the software categories and families included in the ConfigMgr site database as a result of site installation) The third section displays the status of the last synchronization event (N/A as it has not yet occurred) The bottom section displays links to other documentation and tasks for Asset Intelligence data

Intelligence data

collection

 

c.

In the Actions pane, click Enable Asset Intelligence.

Note: The Asset Intelligence Reporting Class Settings dialog box appears displaying the current status of Asset Intelligence data collection. Notice that no classes are enabled by default.

d.

Enable (click to select) each reporting class with the exception of SMS_InstalledExecutable and SMS_SoftwareShortcut, and then click OK.

Note: An Asset Intelligence Reporting Class Settings Modification message box appears displaying a notice that enabling Asset Intelligence will increase client computer resource usage during hardware inventory and prompting for confirmation to enable this data collection.

e.

Click Yes.

Note: The Asset Intelligence home page appear in the results pane displaying the current configuration of Asset Intelligence. Notice that the top section of the Asset Intelligence home page indicates that the “Asset Intelligence feature state” is now “Enabled”. Also notice that in the third section of the Asset Intelligence home page, it indicates that there are no software titles inventoried. Wait a moment for the sms_def.mof file to be modified, and the policy to use the updated sms_def.mof to be updated before moving onto the next procedure.

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2. Retrieve computer

Note: In the following procedure, you will retrieve polices from your clients, which will configure the clients for Asset Intelligence data collection. You will then force a Hardware Inventory Cycle on the clients to generate inventory data, which will include Asset Intelligence.

policies

a.

In Control Panel, click Configuration Manager.

Note: The Configuration Manager Properties dialog box appears displaying general properties for the client.

b.

Click the Actions tab.

Note: The Configuration Manager Properties dialog box appears displaying actions for the client.

c.

Under Actions, click Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle, and then click Initiate Action.

Note: A Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle message box appears indicating that this action will take several minutes to complete.

d.

Click OK.

Note: The Configuration Manager Properties dialog box appears displaying actions for the client. Wait two minutes before proceeding to the next step to allow the policy to be downloaded and evaluated.

3. Initiating hardware inventory

a.

In the Configuration Manager Properties dialog box, under Actions, click Hardware Inventory Cycle, and then click Initiate Action.

Note: A Hardware Inventory Cycle message box appears indicating that this action will take several minutes to complete.

b.

Click OK.

Note: The Configuration Manager Properties dialog box appears displaying actions for the client. It will take a moment for the inventory to be reported by the client.

c.

Click OK.

Note: You have now enabled and collected Asset Intelligence data from your clients. In the next exercise, you will view the data that has been reported by clients by viewing data in the Asset Intelligence home page as well as in reports, and will modify the Asset Intelligence data to customize reporting.

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Exercise 3 Using Asset Intelligence Inventory Data

Scenario

In this exercise, you will view the Asset Intelligence information collected from your clients. You will view the data in the Asset Intelligence home page, as well as run Asset Intelligence reports to view the data. You will also customize the Asset Intelligence data with custom categories and families. Finally, you will import a file to simulate importing license data for non-Microsoft applications.

Tasks

Detailed Steps

Complete the following tasks on:

a.

In the tree pane, click Asset Intelligence, and then in the Actions pane, click Refresh.

Note : This will update the data in the Asset Intelligence home page, and will

Note: This will update the data in the Asset Intelligence home page, and will display client inventory status. Notice that in the second section of the Asset Intelligence home page, there are now listings for inventoried software titles identified by Microsoft, as

well as those listed as unidentified and not pending online identification. This data came from the clients sending in updated hardware inventory data that included Asset Intelligence data.

WindowsServer2008

1.

View Asset

Intelligence data

 

b.

In the second section of the results pane, click Inventoried software titles.

Note: This Asset Intelligence node expands, and Inventoried Software Titles is selected.

c.

In the tree pane, expand Inventoried Software Titles, and then click All Inventoried Software Titles.

Note: This list of all software titles inventoried through Asset Intelligence appears in the results pane. Notice that there are some products with specific category and family identified, and other listed as “Unidentified” for category and family. These are products inventoried that are not in the AI database that comes as part of service pack 1. This is one way to view software however reports may be a preferred method for you.

d.

In the tree pane, click Asset Intelligence Reports.

Note: This list of all the Asset Intelligence reports appears in the results pane. Notice that there are 70 reports for Asset Intelligence, in three categories: Hardware, License and Software.

e.

In the results pane, click Software 01A – Summary of installed software in a specific collection, and then in the Actions pane, under Software 01A – Summary of installed software in a specific collection, click Run.

Note: The Software 01A – Summary of installed software in a specific collection Report Information appears in the results pane. This is a prompted report and requires the collection to display results for.

f.

After Collection, click Values.

Note: The Select Values dialog box appears displaying all collections. As we have a small site, we can use the All Systems collection, though you may want to use a smaller collection in your production environment.

g.

Under Name, click All Systems.

Note: The Software 01A – Summary of installed software in a specific collection Report Information appears in the results pane displaying the designated collection (SMS00001). Publisher is an optional value, so we’ll leave it blank to display all publishers, and 100 is enough records to display for our lab.

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h.

Click Display.

Note: A ConfigMgr Report window appears displaying the Software 01A – Summary of installed software in a specific collection report. Notice that the information displayed in this report includes:

Product name Publisher and Version Family and Category Names (a number currently unidentified) Instance Count Software ID and Hash

i.

Click the arrow to the left of Configuration Manager Client.

Note: A ConfigMgr Report window displays the Software 02D – Computers with a specific software product report. Notice that this report displays the names of all clients that have reported this specific product as installed.

j.

Close the ConfigMgr Report window, and then in the tree pane, click Asset Intelligence Reports.

Note: This list of all the Asset Intelligence reports appears in the results pane.

k.

In the results pane, click Software 02E – Installed software on a specific computer, and then in the Actions pane, under Software 02E – Installed software on a specific computer, click Run.

Note: The Software 02E – Installed software on a specific computer Report Information appears in the results pane. This is a prompted report and requires the computer to display results for.

l.

After Computer Name, click Values.

Note: The Select Values dialog box appears displaying all client computers.

m.

Under Computer Name, click ConfigMgrSrv.

Note: Software 02E – Installed software on a specific computer Report Information appears in the results pane displaying the designated computer (ConfigMgrSrv).

n.

Click Display.

Note: A ConfigMgr Report window appears displaying the Software 02E – Installed software on a specific computer report. Notice that the information displayed in this report includes:

Product name Publisher, Version and Language Installation Type (0 indicates ‘physical’ whereas a value of 1 indicates ‘virtual’) Family and Category Names (a number are currently unidentified) Installation Location, Install Source and Uninstall String

o.

Close the ConfigMgr Report window, and then in the tree pane, click Asset Intelligence Reports.

Note: This list of all the Asset Intelligence reports appears in the results pane.

p.

In the results pane, click Hardware 01A – Summary of computers in a specific collection, and then in the Actions pane, under Hardware 01A – Summary of computers in a specific collection, click Run.

Note: The Hardware 01A – Summary of computers in a specific collection Report Information appears in the results pane. This is a prompted report and requires the collection to display results for.

q.

After Collection, click Values.

Note: The Select Values dialog box appears displaying all collections.

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r.

Under Name, click All Systems.

Note: The Hardware 01A – Summary of computers in a specific collection Report Information appears in the results pane displaying the designated collection

(SMS00001).

s.

Click Display.

Note: A ConfigMgr Report window appears displaying the Hardware 01A – Summary of computers in a specific collection report. Notice that the information displayed in this report includes:

Resource ID Computer name, domain name, and ConfigMgr site Top console user Operating system and service pack Hardware data, including serial number and asset tag Disk space, memory, other basic hardware data

t.

Close the ConfigMgr Report window.

Note: The Hardware 01A – Summary of computers in a specific collection Report Information appears in the results pane.

u.

Close the ConfigMgr Report window, and then in the tree pane, click Asset Intelligence Reports.

Note: This list of all the Asset Intelligence reports appears in the results pane.

v.

In the results pane, click License 03A – Count of licenses by license status, and then in the Actions pane, under License 03A – Count of licenses by license status, click Run.

Note: The License 03A – Count of licenses by license status Report Information appears in the results pane. This is a prompted report and requires the collection and product to display results for.

w.

After Collection, click Values.

Note: The Select Values dialog box appears displaying all collections.

x.

Under Name, click All Systems.

Note: The License 03A – Count of licenses by license status Report Information appears in the results pane displaying the designated collection (SMS00001). You still need to supply the product to display results for.

y.

After Product Name, click Values.

Note: The Select Values dialog box appears displaying all products with license information collected.

z.

Under Name, click Windows Vista, ServerStandard edition.

Note: The License 03A – Count of licenses by license status Report Information appears in the results pane displaying the designated collection (SMS00001) and product (Windows Vista, Business Edition) to display results for.

aa.

Click Display.

Note: A ConfigMgr Report window appears displaying the License 03A – Count of licenses by license status report. Notice that the information displayed in this report includes:

Product name License status (a value of ‘1’ indicates ‘Licensed’ Collection Inventoried count of this licensed product

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Detailed Steps

 

bb.

Click the link next to Windows Vista, ServerStandard edition.

Note: A ConfigMgr Report window appears displaying the License 03B – Computers with a specific license status report. Notice that the information displayed in this report includes:

Computer name Grace period remaining (in days) SMS site Top console user Serial number and asset tag Computer manufacturer and model

cc.

Click the link next to ConfigMgrSRV.

Note: A ConfigMgr Report window appears displaying the License 02C – License information on a specific computer report. Notice that the information displayed in this report includes:

Computer name Product name KMS computer CMID Description License status, renewal interval in days and grace period remaining in days Version

dd.

Close the ConfigMgr Report window.

Note: The License 03A – Count of licenses by license status Report Information appears in the results pane.

2.

Customize Asset

Note: In the following procedure, you will customize the Asset Intelligence database with a custom category and families. This will allow viewing of products in your own defined categories and families.

Intelligence

categories and

families

a.

In the tree pane, expand Asset Intelligence | Customize Catalog, and then click Software Categories.

 

Note: The list of categories that are in the database (at this time those included by default as no modifications have yet occurred) appears in the results pane. Notice that there are 74 categories currently with a validation status of “Validated” which indicates that the category was included by default in the database (not admin created).

b.

In the Actions pane, click New Category.

Note: The New Category General wizard page appears prompting for a category name and description.

c. In the Category name box, type Configuration Manager

d. In the Description box, type Category for Configuration Manager products and then click Next.

Note: The New Category Summary wizard page appears indicating the wizard is ready to complete the creation of the new category.

e.

Click Next.

Note: The New Category Wizard Completed wizard page appears indicating that the new category was completed successfully.

f.

Click Close.

Note: The list of categories that are in the database appears in the results pane. Notice that there are now 75 categories, one with a validation status of “User

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Defined” which indicates that the category was added by the admin and not included by default in the database.

g.

In the tree pane, expand Asset Intelligence | Customize Catalog, and then click Software Families.

Note: The list of families that are in the database (at this time those included by default as no modifications have yet occurred) appears in the results pane. Notice that there are 21 families currently with a validation status of “Validated” which indicates that the family was included by default in the database (not admin created).

h.

In the Actions pane, click New Family.

Note: The New Family General wizard page appears prompting for a family name and description.

i. In the Family name box, type Client Components

j. In the Description box, type Family for Configuration Manager client components and then click Next.

Note: The New Family Summary wizard page appears indicating the wizard is ready to complete the creation of the new family.

k.

Click Next.

Note: The New Family Wizard Completed wizard page appears indicating that the new family was completed successfully.

l.

Click Close.

Note: The list of families that are in the database appears in the results pane. Notice that there are now 22 families currently, one with a validation status of “User Defined” which indicates that the family was not included by default in the database and created by the admin.

m.

Repeat steps h through l to create another family called “Site System Roles” with description of “Family for Configuration Manager site system roles”.

Note: The list of families that are in the database appears in the results pane. Notice that there are now 23 families currently, two of the families displaying their validation status of “User Defined” which indicates that these families were not included by default in the database and created by the admin.

n.

In the tree pane, expand Asset Intelligence | Inventoried Software Titles, and then click Unidentified and Not Pending Online Notification.

Note: The list of inventoried software that is not categorized and not requested to be identified through System Center Online appears in the results pane. Notice that there are currently 34 products (your environment may have a different number of applications listed). Notice also that there are Configuration Manager products in the list.

o.

Under Product Name, click Configuration Manager Client, and then in the Actions pane, click Properties.

Note: The Configuration Manager Client Properties dialog box appears displaying properties for the Configuration Manager client. Notice that the product is unidentified for both category and family.

p. In the Category box, click Configuration Manager.

q. In the Family box, click Client Components, and then click OK.

Note: The list of inventoried software that is not categorized and not requested to be identified through System Center Online appears in the results pane. Notice that the Configuration Manager Client appears with the new category and family values.

r.

Under Product Name, multi-select Asset Intelligence Update Service Point, SMS Fallback Status Point, and SMS Management Point, and then in the Actions pane, click Properties.

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Note: The Selected Items Properties dialog box appears displaying properties for the multi-selected products. Notice that the products are unidentified for both category and family.

s. In the Category box, click Configuration Manager.

t. In the Family box, click Site System Roles, and then click OK.

Note: The list of inventoried software that is not categorized and not requested to be identified through System Center Online appears in the results pane. Notice that there are now 30 products, and none of the four products you modified are displayed as they are no longer unidentified.

u.

Under Product Name, click Microsoft Application Error Reporting, and then in the Actions pane, under Microsoft Application Error Reporting, click Request Catalog Update.

Note: A Privacy Message message box appears prompting for confirmation to send this product data to Microsoft.

v.

Click I have read and understood this message, and then click OK.

Note: The list of inventoried software that is not categorized and not requested to be identified through System Center Online appears in the results pane. Notice that there are now 29 products, as the Microsoft Application Error Reporting product has been flagged for online identification by System Center Online.

w.

In the tree pane, expand Asset Intelligence | Inventoried Software Titles, and then click All Inventoried Software Titles.

Note: The list of inventoried software appears in the results pane. Notice that there are currently 44 products (your environment may have a different number of applications listed). Notice also that there are Configuration Manager products in the list, and all have now been identified with specific categories and families.

x.

In the tree pane, click Asset Intelligence Reports.

Note: This list of all the Asset Intelligence reports appears in the results pane.

y.

In the results pane, click Software 01A – Summary of installed software in a specific collection, and then in the Actions pane, under Software 01A – Summary of installed software in a specific collection, click Run.

Note: The Software 01A – Summary of installed software in a specific collection Report Information appears in the results pane. This is a prompted report and requires the collection to display results for.

z.

After Collection, click Values.

Note: The Select Values dialog box appears displaying all collections.

aa.

Under Name, click All Systems.

Note: The Software 01A – Summary of installed software in a specific collection Report Information appears in the results pane displaying the designated collection

(SMS00001).

bb.

Click Display.

Note: A ConfigMgr Report window appears displaying the Software 01A – Summary of installed software in a specific collection report. Notice that now there are product family and category values for the Configuration Manager products, whereas when you ran this report earlier, they were listed as “Unidentified”.

cc.

Close the ConfigMgr Report window.

Note: The Software 01A – Summary of installed software in a specific collection Report Information appears in the results pane displaying the designated collection

(SMS00001).

3.

Add a new product to the Asset

Note: In the following procedure, you will modify the Asset Intelligence database with

 

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Intelligence

new products for reporting of clients that can, or cannot, upgrade to a new product.

database

a.

In the tree pane, expand Asset Intelligence, and then click Hardware Requirements.

Note: The list of products and hardware requirements appears in the results pane. Notice that there are 83 products listed. Notice also that the list of products includes many hardware attributes that are required minimums for the application. We’ll add a test application here, and then run a report to see which clients can run that application.

b.

In the Actions pane, click New Hardware Requirements.

Note: The New Hardware Requirements General wizard page appears prompting for product and hardware requirements.

c. In the Software title box, type Lab Application

d. In the Minimum CPU (MHz) box, type 4

Note: You are using a value of ‘4’ here instead of the actual CPU speed due to the SP1 catalog not containing updated CPU speeds as reported in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1. A catalog update will occur to resolve this so you will be able to use real speeds such as ‘1500’.

e. In the Minimum RAM (KB) box, type 1000000

f. In the Minimum Disk Space (KB) box, type 3000

g. In the Minimum Disk Size (KB) box, type 5000 and then click Next.

Note: The New Hardware Requirements Summary wizard page appears indicating that the wizard is ready to create the new hardware requirement.

h.

Click Next.

Note: The New Hardware Requirements Wizard Completed wizard page appears indicating that the new hardware requirement has been successfully created.

i.

Click Close.

Note: The list of products and hardware requirements appears in the results pane. Notice that there are now 84 products listed. Notice also that the new application hardware requirements appear at the bottom of the list.

j.

In the tree pane, click Asset Intelligence Reports.

Note: This list of all the Asset Intelligence reports appears in the results pane.

k.

In the results pane, click Hardware 08A – Hardware that is not ready for a software upgrade, and then in the Actions pane, under Hardware 08A – Hardware that is not ready for a software upgrade, click Run.

Note: The Hardware 08A – Hardware that is not ready for a software upgrade Report Information appears in the results pane. This is a prompted report and requires the collection and product to display results for.

l.

After Collection, click Values.

Note: The Select Values dialog box appears displaying all collections. As we have a small site, we can use the All Systems collection, though you may want to use a smaller collection in your production environment.

m.

Under Name, click All Systems.

Note: The Hardware 08A – Hardware that is not ready for a software upgrade Report Information appears in the results pane displaying the designated collection (SMS00001). Product is a required value, so we must specify it.

n.

After Product, click Values.

Note: The Select Values dialog box appears displaying all products.

o.

Under Product, click Lab Application.

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Note: The Hardware 08A – Hardware that is not ready for a software upgrade Report Information appears in the results pane displaying the designated collection (SMS00001) and Product (Lab Application).

p.

Click Display.

Note: A ConfigMgr Report window appears displaying the Hardware 08A – Hardware that is not ready for a software upgrade report. Notice that the report shows systems that don’t meet the hardware requirements for the application. Requirements that are met are indicated with a ‘+’ while those not met are indicated by a ‘-’, and then the inventoried value in the next columns. In the lab environment, the site server should be able to run the application (not listed in this report), however the ConfigMgrVista client likely will not be able to due to required memory configuration.

q.

Minimize (don’t close) the ConfigMgr Report window.

Note: The Hardware 08A – Hardware that is not ready for a software upgrade Report Information appears in the results pane displaying the designated collection (SMS00001) and Product (Lab Application).

r.

In the tree pane, expand Asset Intelligence, and then click Hardware Requirements.

Note: The list of products and hardware requirements appears in the results pane.

s.

In the results pane, click Lab Application, and then in the Actions pane, under Lab Application, click Properties.

Note: The Lab Application Properties dialog box appears with current values for the application.

t. Change the values of any requirements that were not met so that all clients will meet the requirements.

u. In the ConfigMgr Report window, click Refresh.

Note: The ConfigMgr Report window appears displaying the Hardware 08A – Hardware that is not ready for a software upgrade report. Notice that depending on what memory amount you configured, your report may not display any results as all records may now meet the requirements for this application. ConfigMgrVista should be able to run the application now however the other clients in the database (that are not virtual clients in this lab) may not be able to run the application yet. You can modify the requirements for custom applications that you add, however you cannot modify the requirements for the built-in applications.

v.

Close the ConfigMgr Report window.

Note: The Hardware 08A – Hardware that is not ready for a software upgrade Report Information appears in the results pane displaying the designated collection (SMS00001) and Product (Lab Application).

4.

Import 3 rd party license information

a.

In the tree pane, click Asset Intelligence, and then in the Actions pane, click Refresh.

 

Note: This will update the data in the Asset Intelligence home page, and will display client inventory status. Notice that in the second section of the Asset Intelligence home page, there are now listings for inventoried software titles identified by Microsoft, as well as those listed as unidentified and not pending online identification. Notice also in the graph that some of the ‘red’ values for inventoried software titles have been replaced with ‘blue’ data, indicating that these are administrator identified.

b.

In the Actions pane, click Import Software Licenses.

Note: The Import Software Licenses Welcome dialog box appears.

c.

Click Next.

Note: The Import Software Licenses Import dialog box appears allowing you to

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designate the license file to import.

d.

In the Path box, type \\ConfigMgrSrv\Lab Files\ 3rd Party\Sample_3rd_party_AI.csv and then click Next.

Note: The Import Software Licenses Summary dialog box appears indicating that the import is ready to complete.

e.

Click Next.

Note: The license data is imported. When complete, the Import Software Licenses Wizard Completed dialog box appears indicating the wizard completed successfully.

f.

Click Close.

Note: This Asset Intelligence home page appears. You view 3 rd party license information through reports, which we’ll look at now. The .csv file that was imported actually imported license data for Microsoft products, as the virtual lab environment does not have any 3 rd party products installed. However, this works just as well for 3 rd party products as it does for Microsoft products.

g.

In the tree pane, click Asset Intelligence Reports.

Note: This list of all the Asset Intelligence reports appears in the results pane.

h.

In the results pane, click License 15A – Third Party Software Reconciliation Report, and then in the Actions pane, under License 15A – Third Party Software Reconciliation Report, click Run.

Note: The License 15A – Third Party Software Reconciliation Report Report Information appears in the results pane. This is a prompted report and requires the collection to display results for.

i.

After Collection, click Values.

Note: The Select Values dialog box appears displaying all collections.

j.

Under Name, click All Systems.

Note: The License 15A – Third Party Software Reconciliation Report Report Information appears in the results pane displaying the designated collection

(SMS00001).

k.

Click Display.

Note: A ConfigMgr Report window appears displaying the License 15A – Third Party Software Reconciliation Report report. Notice that the information displayed in this report includes:

Product name and version License quantity, instance count, and difference (license quantity comes from the .csv file)

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Close the ConfigMgr Report Window.

Note:The License 15A – Third Party Software Reconciliation Report Report Information appears in the results pane. You have now completed this lab on collecting, viewing and modifying Asset Intelligence data. As you saw, there were many more reports that could be run to display many more types of data collected, and more options for customization of the Asset Intelligence data. However given the time and resources available in the lab environment, that is all we could accomplish at this time. In your lab and production environments, there are many more features of Asset Intelligence to explore.

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