How to Perform a Full Hardware Inventory for a PC Collection the Easy Way
By Garth Jones
In my last blog post I showed you how to force a full hardware inventory for a PC using SCCM Client Center, but what if you needed to perform a full inventory on a large number of PCs?
First, why would you want to do this? One of the most common reasons is that the site server was restored and you need to ensure that every PC has the most current data in the Configuration Manager database.
I love the SCCM Client Center tool I demonstrated in the previous blog post, however, it clearly isn’t practical to use with a large number of PCs. What should you use instead for large numbers of PCs? A right-click tool!
I’m currently using Ryan Ephgrave’s Now Micro Right Click Tools http://www.nowmicro.com/rct/ in my CM12 (R2) labs, and Rick Houchins’ SCCM Right Click Tools http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/os-applications/w/wiki/4309.sccm-right-click-tools.aspx in my CM07 lab.
How does it work? Once you install the tool into your console, perform the following steps. By the way, I will show the steps for CM12 in this example.
1. Right-click on the collection, point to Now Micro Right Click Tools |point to Client Actions on Collection | Click Hardware Inventory Cycle.
2. This will open a new PowerShell interface, and click Yes to perform a full hardware inventory cycle.
3. Wait while the inventory cycle is completed. Depending on the number of PCs within the collection it might take some time to complete.
4. When the hardware inventory cycle is finished you will see a list of PCs where hardware inventory was triggered.
In tomorrow’s blog post, I will show you how we automate the inventory tasks for our VMs. We do this to ensure that the VMs are always up-to-date and that they never have any sync issues.