Configure settings in SCCM

The Snow Integration Manager (SIM) connector for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) retrieves information by utilizing a number of database views and reports from SCCM.

The SCCM has three different cycles for inventory; one for hardware, one for software, and one for software metering. Snow License Manager requires that hardware inventory and software inventory are enabled, while software metering is recommended.

Note

Last Scanned Date in Snow License Manager is fetched from Last Hardware Scan or Last Software Scan, whichever date is the latest date.

In the System Center Configuration Manager console:

  1. Navigate to Administration|Overview|Client Settings.

  2. Depending on the following scenarios, choose one of actions below.

    • If no previous settings exist:

      • Select Default Client Settings and then select Properties

        - or -

      • Select Create Custom Client Device Settings to create a new configuration.

    • If previous settings already exist, select the main client settings template for your site and then select Properties.

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Hardware inventory

  1. Select Hardware Inventory from the navigation pane.

  2. Set the Enable hardware inventory on clients option to Yes.

  3. Select Schedule and set scheduling.

    The recommendation is once a day.

    SCCM_HW_DefaultSettings.jpg
  4. Select Set Classes.

  5. In the Hardware Inventory Classes dialog box, select Filter by category and then select Asset Intelligence Reporting Classes.

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  6. Select all classes.

  7. Select OK to save the changes and close the Hardware Inventory Classes dialog box.

Note

  • For customers that experience problems in gathering information on installed SQL editions, the recommendation is to extend the hardware inventory performed by SCCM to include custom inventory of SQL editions as well. For configuration, refer to:

    https://sccm-zone.com/sccm-zone-sw-sql-server-products-395b89e14ab4

  • From Microsoft SCCM 1710 and later, SCCM reports logical disk sizes in GB instead of MB.

    The connector checks which version is being used, but when upgrading from an earlier version to 1710 or later, a full hardware scan in SCCM must be performed. This is because the disks scanned before the upgrade will still have size in MB, while the newly scanned disks will be in GB. If this is not done, the disk sizes in Snow License Manager might be inconsistent.

Software inventory

  1. Select Software Inventory from the navigation pane.

  2. Set the Enable software inventory on clients option to Yes.

  3. Select Schedule and set scheduling.

    The recommendation is once a day.

  4. Set the Inventory reporting detail option to Full details.

    SCCM_SW_DefaultSettings.jpg
  5. Select Set Types.

  6. In the Configure Client Setting dialog box, if there is no file type created already, select NewSCCM_IconNew.jpg to create one.

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  7. In the Inventoried File Properties dialog box for the file type, verify that the following settings are made (also, see screenshot):

    • Name = *.exe

    • Location: All client hard disks

    • Search subfolders = Yes

    • Exclude encrypted and compressed files = [cleared]

    • Exclude files in the Windows folder = [cleared]

  8. Select OK to close the Inventoried File Properties dialog box.

  9. Select OK to save the changes and close the Configure Client Setting dialog box.

Software metering

Tip

Software metering is recommended since it will identify unused software, which then can be removed from the computers.

  1. Select Software Metering from the navigation pane.

  2. Set the Enable software metering on clients option to Yes.

  3. Select Schedule and set scheduling.

    The recommendation is once a day.

    SCCM_MeteringDefaultSettings.jpg
  4. Select OK to save the changes and close the Default Settings dialog box.

  5. For information on how to create metering rules in SCCM, see Example: Create a software metering rule.

Asset Intelligence Catalog Synchronization

In order for SCCM to correctly inventory the system it requires synchronization of the Asset Intelligence Catalog, which includes the library of software that SCCM recognizes. In case these updates are not enabled the information passed to Snow License Manager may be inadequate to properly recognize the installed applications.

In the System Center Configuration Manager console:

  1. Navigate to Assets and Compliance | Overview | Asset Intelligence.

    The view shows a summary of the Catalog Synchronization status, as exemplified here.

    SCCM_CatalogSynchronization.jpg
  2. If the Catalog Synchronization is not enabled, add this role to your SCCM Server.

    For more information on how to add the role, see this article at Microsoft TechNet.

  3. If, however, the updates are failing, as in the screenshot above (no information on Last Successful Update), then the certificates for the SCCM server may not be properly configured.

    For more information on PKI certificates for SCCM, see this article at Microsoft TechNet.

  4. Once enabled and configured, Catalog Synchronization can be initiated manually by right-clicking the Asset Intelligence menu item, and then selecting Synchronize |Synchronize Asset Intelligence Catalog.

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