Top 50 Latest SCCM Interview Questions And Answers HTMD Blog (2023)

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What is SCCM? What is the SCCM Architecture? What are SCCM Sites? What are SCCM Site Roles? Difference between Site System and Site Server Roles in SCCM? What are the Discovery methods in SCCM? What are the different ways to install SCCM Client? What is the log file for SCCM client installation on devices? Where is it stored, and what is the exit code for a successful installation? What are the Inventory Methods available in SCCM? Why do we extend Schema in SCCM? Do you want to extend the AD Schema to SCCM to work? What is WSUS? What is SUP? What is SCCM CMG (Cloud Management Gateway)? What are SCCM Collections? What is SCCM CMPivot? What is the SCCM patching procedure (Server Side)? What is SCCM Cloud Attach? What is the path for logs at the SCCM server side? What is the location for logs at the Client site? Which is the Best SCCM Log File Reader Tool? Name the logs used to verify the Management Point (MP)? What is an SMS Provider in SCCM? How to backup the SCCM server manually? What is SCCM Co-Management? Which log file to check when not able to connect hardware inventory? What to do if the application is not showing in Software Center? Which log file to check for failure in SCCM Task Sequence? What to do if the application is stuck at 0% downloading? What to do in the case when the application is downloaded and fails during installation? What is the SCCM Content Library? Which log to check whether content has been added to the Content library (DP) successfully or not, and what is the location of that log? How to Monitor Usage of the SCCM DP? What are the logs to check on the SCCM Client side for the patching process? Which log to check whether a reboot is required for the client or not? What are the logs to check on the client side for application deployment? Which log generates DTS Job Id during application deployment? Where can you get the Content ID details during the SCCM Application Deployment process? What are possible scenarios when software is not showing in SCCM Software Center? What are some common issues for failed scans during the patching procedure? What are the ports used for SCCM Server and Client communication? What are the different detection methods during application creation in SCCM? What are Boundaries in SCCM? What is SCCM client policy? Why is the use of BITS in SCCM? How to Deploy PowerShell Script in SCCM? What is Windows Servicing in SCCM? What is SCCM Community Hub? What is Maintenance Window in SCCM? What is BDP? FAQs Videos

It’s time to look into the Top 50 Latest SCCM Interview Questions. This is my first blog in the HTMD community post. I thought of starting the post with the questions that helped me to understand SCCM better.

These SCCM Interview questions must be treated as SCCM FAQs or Frequently Asked Questions. You will get all the details if you go through the questions and associated links in each question.

I have shared the Top 50 latest interview questions and answers in this post. We have an SCCM Vs. Intune Jobs‘s post in the HTMD community and that post inspired me to share the SCCM question bank with you all to crack SCCM interviews.

SCCM Hands-on experience is mandatory for all the Job assignments. Again I don’t think you can just learn these questions and crack the interviews. You must set up an SCCM LAB and test all these configurations and settings explained below.

I don’t think you could crack the SCCM interview by just learning the interview questions. This is not the intention of this post or sharing this content with the HTMD community. Refer to Top 50 Latest Intune Interview Questions And Answers.

The following is a video review of this post by Anoop and he provided another dimension to the interview questions and tips on cracking the SCCM interview from a technical and non-technical experience.

Let’s go through the top 50 latest SCCM interview questions & answers in the below section of the post. I hope these questions are helpful. Let us know if you would like to add additional details to each question’s answers.

  1. What is SCCM?

    There is no Microsoft product called SCCM (officially). But many people use the name SCCM to refer to Microsoft Endpoint Manager Configuration Manager (MEMCM).

    MEMCM is the product’s official name, previously known as System Center Configuration Manager(aka SCCM). It’s part of Microsoft’s Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solution.

    SCCM is an on-prem device management solution, and Intune is Microsoft’s cloud-based device management solution. According to Microsoft stats, most organizations use SCCM to manage their enterprise devices.

    It is commonly used for patch management, software distribution, operating system deployment, hardware & software inventory, and much more.

  2. What is the SCCM Architecture?

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    SCCM architecture is not an easy topic to explain. But on a very high level, the SCCM has a Server Client based architecture.

    You need to setup a server infrastructure for SCCM and then install SCCM client software on the client devices to manage those devices from SCCM.

    SCCM server infrastructure follows a Tiered hierarchy a simple example would be:

    1. Tier 1 – Standalone Primary Server
    2. Tier 2 – Secondary Server
    3. Tier 3 – Remote Site Components (MP, DP, SUP)

  3. What are SCCM Sites?

    SCCM consists of three sites in its architecture. SCCM sites in this context are SCCM Site Servers. They are as follows:

    1. CAS (Central Administration Site) Optional Component: CAS is a top-level site in the SCCM hierarchy. It is an optional site in the SCCM hierarchy. It is required when a number of clients are more than 150000, and there is more than one primary site.

    It supports up to 25 child primary sites. Also, it can manage up to 700000 devices in the SCCM hierarchy. It can only be installed on a windows server and requires an SQL server database.

    2. Primary Site (Mandatory): It is a mandatory site in SCCM. It can support more than 250 secondary sites. It can manage up to 150000 devices. It replicates its data to the CAS site if part of a hierarchy.

    3. Secondary Site (Optional): It is also an optional site in the SCCM hierarchy. It can only be installed when there is Primary Site. It can support up to 5000 devices.

  4. What are SCCM Site Roles?

    There are various SCCM Site Roles, and different SCCM site servers can have different types of Site System Roles.

    Avoid mentioning site roles that you can’t explain. The easy and most important ones are MP, DP, and SUP.

    1. Management Point (MP)
    2. Distribution Point(DP)
    3. Software Update Point (SUP)
    4. SMS Provider
    5. Service Connection Point

  5. Difference between Site System and Site Server Roles in SCCM?

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    This is again a tricky question from the SCCM interviewer. So the person wanted to know how well you know the SCCM hierarchy.

    Start answering the question with examples and then elaborate on each point as discussed in the above questions:

    1. Site Servers are -> CAS, Primary Server, and Secondary Server.
    2. Site System Servers are -> MP, DP, SUP, etc…

  6. What are the Discovery methods in SCCM?

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    There are SIX discovery methods in SCCM. This doesn’t include the Azure AD discovery methods that are recently added to the SCCM:

    The interviewer might ask to explain some of the discovery methods. So make sure that you are confident in these discovery methods.

    Basically, SCCM discovery methods are to discover the devices/objects that you want to use in SCCM. As part of the discovery mechanism, SCCM will create an object for each discovered item in the SCCM SQL DB.

    1. Active directory system group discovery
    2. Active directory security group discovery
    3. Active directory user discovery
    4. Active directory system discovery
    5. Network discovery
    6. Heartbeat discovery

  7. What are the different ways to install SCCM Client?

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    You need to install clients on discovered systems to manage them. There are different ways to install SCCM clients.

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    The best method is to install SCCM’s latest client using the Logon Script method or OS deployment. But the best method depends on the organization and environment that you are working on.

    1.Client Push Installation
    2.SUP based Installation
    3.Group Policy based Installation
    4.Logon Script Installation
    5.Manual Installation
    6.Upgrade Installation
    7. During OS deployment process
    8. Intune client installation method

  8. What is the log file for SCCM client installation on devices? Where is it stored, and what is the exit code for a successful installation?

    The log file is ccmsetup.log from the SCCM client logs. The path for the log file is as follows: c:\windows\ccmsetup\.

    The exit code (0) means the client installation is successful. The successful installation client doesn’t mean that the client is fully functional.

  9. What are the Inventory Methods available in SCCM?

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    When the interviewer asks this question, you must be confident enough to answer this correctly. This is a bit tricky question because Microsoft named it a bit differently.

    The two types of inventories are as follows:

    1. Hardware Inventory: It collects information about the SCCM client’s software and hardware. Software and Hardware configurations are collected using the hardware inventory process.

    2.Software Inventory: It collects file-based info from the SCCM client machine. But you don’t need to enable this inventory method to collect the installed application details from the Windows client computer.

  10. Why do we extend Schema in SCCM?

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    We extend schema so that SCCM can publish info in Active Directory. Once the information is published SCCM client can get the associated MP and DP details from the AD system management container.

  11. Do you want to extend the AD Schema to SCCM to work?

    No, it’s not mandatory to extend the AD schema to SCCM to work. But the recommendation is to extend the AD schema to get the full functionality of SCCM.

    You can set up other methods like DNS to locate services and site system servers when you don’t use an extended schema. These methods of service location require different configurations and aren’t the preferred method for service location by clients.

  12. What is WSUS?

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    WSUS is the main component that SCCM uses for patching scenarios. SCCM alone can’t handle the patch deployment without WSUS integration.

    WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) allows administrators to deploy Microsoft software updates (patches) to systems.

    You can use WSUS as a standalone patching solution or integrate it with SCCM for better features and controls.

    WSUS communicates with Microsoft Updates Service and syncs all the available updates into its server.

  13. What is SUP?

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    SUP is the SCCM site component (site system server). The SUP (Software Update Point) is a component of software updates.

    A site system server role in the SCCM helps with the SCCM patching process. The SUP component is tightly integrated with WSUS to provide rich patch management capabilities.

    This is the SCCM component that helps the SCCM server to configure WSUS without even opening the WSUS console.

  14. What is SCCM CMG (Cloud Management Gateway)?

    SCCM CMG is the Cloud Management Gateway, another site system component that helps to manage internet-connected SCCM client devices without a very complex on-prem setup.

    The Clients from the internet can contact the CMG assigned for that client and get the policies and all the other instructions without contacting the on-prem SCCM server infra.

    SCCM CMG can also provide application content to the client devices using Cloud DP features available in the CMG.

  15. What are SCCM Collections?

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    SCCM collection is a group of devices or users so that you can deploy patches, applications, etc., to a group of devices or users.

    There are different types of collections. You can’t mix two kinds of resources into one collection. The device collection will only have devices, and the user collection will only have users.

    1. User Collection
    2. Device Collection

    There are different types of device/user collections:

    1. Dynamic Collections
    2. Static Collections

  16. What is SCCM CMPivot?

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    The CMPivot is a new in-console andstandalone utilityin SCCM that now provides access to your environment’s real-time state of devices.

    The CMPivot uses KQL queries to get the real-time status from SCCM Online Clients.

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  17. What is the SCCM patching procedure (Server Side)?

    Microsoft normally releases patches every 2nd Tuesday of the month. The following is a very high-level view of the SCCM patching process.

    NOTE! – All deploy patches to the small number of test devices first and confirm whether the devices receive the patch or not. This is the change management process that you need to follow. Once the patch is successfully deployed to those devices, you can deploy it to production devices.

    1. WSUS runs the scheduled synchronization to get the metadata from Microsoft Catalogue with the help of WSUS.

    2. WSUS connects to the Microsoft Update service to get the data. The SUP gets connected to WSUS and syncs metadata of patches with the SCCM console.

    3. Based on the selected products and update categories, the required updates are as per the environment and requirement, you can create an SCCM Software Update Group and patch packages.

    4. During the patch package creation process, the patches will be downloaded and stored on the SCCM server.

    5. Once downloaded, you can deploy it to a collection of devices.

  18. What is SCCM Cloud Attach?

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    The Cloud Attach (aka tenant attach) is the option to leverage the combined power of Microsoft Endpoint Manager by connecting SCCM to Intune.

    You can sync the device records from SCCM to Intune using the Cloud Attach feature. This feature also allows the management of SCCM clients from Intune portal. This mainly enables helpdesk team profiles to manage SCCM devices.

  19. What is the path for logs at the SCCM server side?

    The SCCM Server Logs location is as follows: D:\Program files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\logs. TIP: Don’t install the SCCM server on C Drive.

  20. What is the location for logs at the Client site?

    SCCM Client logs Location is as follows: C:\Windows\CCM\logs.

  21. Which is the Best SCCM Log File Reader Tool?

    There are different SCCM log file reader tools. The one most commonly used is CMTrace.exe.

    Onetrace (CMPowerLogViewer.exe) is the latest one that Microsoft is promoting with recent versions of SCCM.

    Location of the Log Reader file <Install Directory>\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\tools\

  22. Name the logs used to verify the Management Point (MP)?

    The SCCM MP related logs are as follows: The location of the MP logs varies depending on the other server roles, etc.

    1. MP log files at %ProgramFiles%\SMS_CCM\Logs\
    2. Or Here %windir%\ccm\logs.

    MPsetup.log: This log gives status if MP is installed.
    MP-msi.log: MP.msi log is for advanced troubleshooting.
    MPcontrol.log: This log checks whether MP works fine and clients can communicate with it.

  23. What is an SMS Provider in SCCM?

    The SMS Provider is the SCCM component that helps to establish the connection between WMI and SCCM SQL DB.

    The SMS provider is a site system server; you can install it on a remote server. SMS provider functionality is required for SCCM Console connectivity.

  24. How to backup the SCCM server manually?

    You can initiate the SCCM manual backup using the following method.

    1. Open services.msc
    2. Look for the service called sms_site_backup and start this service.

    One can also check smsbackup.log for any warnings or errors.

  25. What is SCCM Co-Management?

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    You can manage Windows 10 or Windows 11 devices simultaneously with SCCM and Intune device management solutions without conflicts. This feature of the Windows operating system is called co-management.

    Co-managementisdual management (with SCCM and Intune) capabilityavailable with Windows 10 1709 version (Fall Creators Update).

  26. Which log file to check when not able to connect hardware inventory?

    You can check the Inventoryagent.log on the SCCM client logs.

  27. What to do if the application is not showing in Software Center?

    First, check whether the policy is received or not by the client. If the policy is received, then check policy is evaluated or not using the policy evaluator.

    You can get the deployment ID and check it with Appenforce.log and App_discovery.log.

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  28. Which log file to check for failure in SCCM Task Sequence?

    SCCM Task Sequence is used to deploy a group of applications or deploy the Operating System to devices.

    1. SMSTS.log is the log file that helps you to get the details of Task Sequence failure.

  29. What to do if the application is stuck at 0% downloading?

    1. First, check whether the application is distributed to the DP or not. The log files on the server side – (Dstmgr.log and PkgXferMgr.log)
    2. Check whether the client can reach the DP or not. After this, check CAS.log and locationservices.log.

  30. What to do in the case when the application is downloaded and fails during installation?

    You need to check the log files related to application deployment from the SCCM side Appenforce.log and App_discovery.log.

    Some of the application provides additional app-specific logs in different location. One example is given below. Open the below-mentioned log, and it shows the status why it is getting failed:

    C:\ Windows\Temp\Date\Unique ID

  31. What is the SCCM Content Library?

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    SCCM Content Library is where the content of the applications, patches, and OS images is stored.

    Content Library included in SCCM from 2012. It stores everything related to SCCM at the distribution point. The content library does not store duplicate content that is already available.

    The Content library consists of three folders:
    i) Pkg lib
    ii) Data lib
    iii) File lib

  32. Which log to check whether content has been added to the Content library (DP) successfully or not, and what is the location of that log?

    You will have to check SMSDPPROV.log at remote DP. The location for the same is as follows:

    SMSdpprov.logon remote DP (Windows 11 PC) – Location of the log

    Drive:\SMS_DP$\sms\logs.

  33. How to Monitor Usage of the SCCM DP?

    You can check the SCCM log called SMSdpusage.logon remote DP. This helps to monitor the usage of the DP.

    Location of the log Drive:\SMS_DP$\sms\logs.

  34. What are the logs to check on the SCCM Client side for the patching process?

    The following is a very high-level view of the SCCM patching process. The logs to check on the SCCM client side are as follows.

    a) Policyagent.log
    b) Scanagent.log
    c) Wuahandler.log
    d) Windowsupdate.log (Use PowerShell to enable this logging)
    e) Updatedeployment.log
    f) Updatestore.log

  35. Which log to check whether a reboot is required for the client or not?

    The Rebootcordinator.log is the log that you have to check on the SCCM client logs to check whether the restart is needed for the client or not.

    You can also check Wuahandler.log and Updatedeploymen.log for the same.

  36. What are the logs to check on the client side for application deployment?

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    The logs to check for application deployment at the client side are as follows:

    a) Policyagent.log
    b) Appdiscovery.log
    c)AppIntentEval.log
    d) AppEnforce.log

  37. Which log generates DTS Job Id during application deployment?

    You can refer to Policyagent.log to check DTS (Data Transfer Service) Job Id from the SCCM Client logs folder. Data Transfer Service (DTS) downloads the application content from DP using BITs.

  38. Where can you get the Content ID details during the SCCM Application Deployment process?

    The PkgXMgr.log is the log file (from the DP server side log folder) you must check to get Content Id details.

  39. What are possible scenarios when software is not showing in SCCM Software Center?

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    If the application is not showing in the SCCM Software Center, then possible cases are as follows:

    a) Check if the user or system is in the correct Collection.
    b) Check the device’s state, i.e., online or offline.
    c) Check the SCCM client connectivity with server/firewall/proxy.

  40. What are some common issues for failed scans during the patching procedure?

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    There could be many reasons for the scan failures. Some of the most common issues for the same are given below:

    a) Wrong Group Policy Configurations
    b)Wrong proxy configuration
    c)Firewall Issues
    d)Wrong port Configuration
    e) Data corruption
    f) Windows Update Agent (WUA) version issues

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  41. What are the ports used for SCCM Server and Client communication?

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    The most common ports used for SCCM server and client communication are 80 (HTTP) and 443 (https).

    It’s important to understand other Firewall port communications required between SCCM server infra and client devices.

  42. What are the different detection methods during application creation in SCCM?

    You have different options for creating an SCCM application detection method. The different detection methods are as follows:

    a)File System
    b)Registry
    c)Windows Installers
    d)Custom Detection

  43. What are Boundaries in SCCM?

    SCCM Boundary is a network location available within your enterprise network parameter. There are different types of boundaries, as listed below.

    1. Active Directory site name
    2. IP subnet
    3. IP address range
    4. IPv6 Prefix.

  44. What is SCCM client policy?

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    SCCM client policy is the set of instructions the server sends to the client. Based on those instructions, the SCCM client agent initiates actions at the client’s end.

    There are different types of client actions available:

    1. Application Deployment Evaluation Cycle
    2. Discovery Data Collection Cycle
    3. Hardware Inventory
    4. Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle
    5. Software Updates Deployment Evaluation Cycle
    6. Software Updates Scan Cycle
    7. User Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle
    8. Windows Installer Source List Update Cycle

  45. Why is the use of BITS in SCCM?

    Background Intelligence Transfer Service (BITS) transfers the data between the SCCM Server and the client. Data Transfer Service (DTS)

    Data Transfer Service downloads the application content by creating a BITS job and waiting for the download to complete.

    This BITs activity can be tracked inDataTransferService.logon the client using the DTS Job ID obtained fromContentTransferService.log.

  46. How to Deploy PowerShell Script in SCCM?

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    You have the option to upload the PowerShell scripts to SCCM and deploy the script using the right-click option from the device collections.

    You can create and deploy SCCM PowerShell Script using SCCM run script options. This is the quickest method to deploy fixes without waiting for the client’s policy evaluation cycle.

  47. What is Windows Servicing in SCCM?

    Windows servicing is the feature that helps enterprises to upgrade one version of Windows 10 or Windows 11 to the next version using the Windows Servicing mechanism.

    SCCM Windows servicing is the modern way ofupgradingWindows 10 or 11PCs to the latest version of Windows 10 or 11without using the in-place upgrade (IPU) Task Sequence.

  48. What is SCCM Community Hub?

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    SCCM Community Hubis the central location within your SCCM console where you can share useful SCCM objects with other admins.

    The community hub helps to avoid downloading and creating CMPivot queries, Scripts, Console extensions, and Reports from scratch. Microsoft built a community hub in SCCM where SCCM Admins can share.

  49. What is Maintenance Window in SCCM?

    Maintenance windows provide administrators with a way to define a period of time that limits when changes can be made on the systems that are members of a collection.

    The maximum duration of maintenance windows is24 hours; ifyou have an entire weekend as a maintenance window, you have to create two schedules.

  50. What is BDP?

    SCCM BDP is the Branch distribution point. BDP provides an option to avoid full-fledged DP in 100s of remote branch offices.

    This helps with package distribution to a small office with limited bandwidth. The Branch DP takes the content from the standard distribution point.

Let’s see some of the Tips and Tricks to Crack SCCM interviews using SCCM Interview Questions and Answers. In the enterprise world, you always need to test your solutions in pre-production or staging environments first with fewer users.

There should be a ring approach to all the deployments such as application, patch, OS, etc. I recommend starting with a small set of users first, and then everything is ok; then you can proceed with ring-wise production rollout. Only SCCM Interview Questions and Answers will not help you get an SCCM job.

Understanding change management and incident management processes are important for those attending SCCM interviews. Just learning SCCM Interview Questions and Answers alone will not help you.

Check out the ConfigMgr client Co-Management related log file details. This should also be part of the Top 50 Latest SCCM Interview Questions and Answers.

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Check out the SCCM client Policy related logs in this post section. The policy-related logs and troubleshooting are among the most common SCCM interview questions.

Abhinav Rana is working as an SCCM Admin. He loves to help the community by sharing his knowledge. He is a BTech graduate in Information Technology.

FAQs

What is SCCM latest version? ›

For instance, ConfigMgr/SCCM 2207 was made available on August 13, 2022. This article also lists the SCCM console version numbers for every ConfigMgr release and the steps to find the SCCM console version. Microsoft releases 3 current branch versions every year and around 12–13 technical preview versions.

Which of these are types of sites in SCCM CB? ›

Answer:- Child site, Parent site, Primary site, and Secondary site are the types of sites available in SCCM 2007.

What is the name of primary service of SCCM on a client machine? ›

When the ccmexec.exe service on the computer starts. This Windows service is the core client service. When the client needs to locate a site system role that provides a required service.

What is current branch in SCCM? ›

Current branch. This branch is licensed for use in a production environment. Use this branch to get the latest features and functionalities.

What is SCCM baseline version? ›

So, basically, the SCCM source files which can be used to install new SCCM infrastructure are called the baseline version of ConfigMgr!

What is boot image in SCCM? ›

A boot image in Configuration Manager is a Windows PE (WinPE) image that's used during an OS deployment. Boot images are used to start a computer in WinPE. This minimal OS contains limited components and services. Configuration Manager uses WinPE to prepare the destination computer for Windows installation.

What are the roles in SCCM? ›

A site system role that provides policy and service location information to clients. It also receives configuration data from clients. By default, this role installs on the site server when you install a new primary or secondary site. Primary sites support multiple instances of this role.

What is the use of CAS in SCCM? ›

CAS Vs Primary Vs Secondary Site – SCCM 2012
ServerPurpose
Central administration siteThe recommended location for all administration and reporting for the hierarchy.
Primary siteA required site that manages clients in well connected networks. All clients are assigned to a primary site.
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Where are SCCM logs stored? ›

The default path to find the SCCM server logs files is in your SCCM Installation Directory\Logs. If you've used the default installation directory, it will be located in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\Logs. The problem is that when opening this directory, you'll find dozens of SCCM logs files.

Where are SCCM client logs located? ›

SCCM Logs Locations

The default client log file location is the %WINDIR%CCM/Logs folder. The SCCM server log files are located in the: Logs D:\Program Files\SMS_CCM\Logs and F:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\Logs folder.

What is WMI in SCCM? ›

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a set of specifications from Microsoft for consolidating the management of devices and applications in a network from Windows computing systems. WMI provides users with information about the status of local or remote computer systems.

What is SCCM patching? ›

What is SCCM patch management? System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is a software management suite provided by Microsoft that allows IT teams to manage Windows-based computers. Of its many features, SCCM is commonly used by organizations to deploy updates and security patches across a network.

Is SCCM better than WSUS? ›

WSUS can meet the needs of a Windows-only network at the most basic level, while SCCM offers an expanded array of tools for more control over patch deployment and endpoint visibility. SCCM also offers pathways for patching alternate OS and third party applications, but on the whole, it still leaves much to be desired.

What is SCCM architecture? ›

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is a Windows product that enables the management, deployment and security of devices and applications across an enterprise. Amongst other potential uses, administrators will commonly use SCCM for endpoint protection, patch management and software distribution.

What is replacing SCCM? ›

Starting in version 1910, Configuration Manager current branch is now part of Microsoft Endpoint Manager. Version 1906 and earlier are still branded System Center Configuration Manager. The Microsoft Endpoint Manager brand will appear in the product and documentation over the coming months.

How do I check for SCCM updates? ›

In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to Monitoring > Overview > Deployments. Click the software update group or software update for which you want to monitor the deployment status. On the Home tab, in the Deployment group, click View Status.

Is SCCM end of life? ›

You can find more details about supported versions of SCCM here.
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SCCM Life Cycle – Table format – End of Support Dates for SCCM CB Current Branch?
SCCM VersionAvailability DateSupport End Date
2111December 1, 2021June 1, 2023
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What is the difference between MECM and SCCM? ›

MECM allows organizations to manage PCs with Intune client software. If you own Intune, then you now also own SCCM. Please note, if you originally owned SCCM, then you will receive PC management from Intune – but not mobile management.

How do I update SCCM client? ›

To upgrade SCCM client agents to latest version.
  1. Go to Administration > Site Configuration > Sites.
  2. Click the Hierarchy Settings on top ribbon.
  3. Select Client Upgrade tab.
  4. Ensure Upgrade all clients in hierarchy using production client box is selected.
  5. Click OK.
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Can I install a primary site as a child of another primary site? ›

A primary site supports only a central administration site as a parent site. A primary site supports only secondary sites as child sites, and supports multiple secondary sites. Primary sites are responsible for processing all client data from their assigned clients.

What is OSD in SCCM? ›

OSD provides System Center 2012 Configuration Manager administrative users a tool to create operating system images that can be deployed both to computers that are managed by Configuration Manager and to unmanaged computers. You can do this by using bootable media, such as a CD set, DVD, or USB flash drives.

What is ADK in SCCM? ›

The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit contains set of tools that you need to customize Windows images for large-scale deployment. You can use the tools to test the quality and performance of your system and applications running on it. Every new release of Windows ADK is better than its previous version.

What is OSD image? ›

Images are the objects that contain all the base information required to access the setup files or the WIM/custom image to install on the target device, that is, the directory where to find it and the access credentials.

What is site code in SCCM? ›

Site codes and site names are used to identify and manage the sites in a Configuration Manager hierarchy. In the Configuration Manager console, the site code and site name are displayed in the <site code> - <site name> format. Every site code that you use in your hierarchy must be unique.

What are the components of SCCM? ›

In this article
  • Software distribution.
  • Software update point.
  • OS deployment.
  • Management point.
  • Status reporting.
  • Email notification.
  • Collection membership evaluation.
4 Oct 2022

What is SMS provider in SCCM? ›

The SMS Provider is a Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) provider that assigns read and write access to the Configuration Manager database at a site. Each CAS and primary site require at least one SMS Provider. You can install more providers as needed.

What is distribution point in SCCM? ›

A SCCM distribution point (DP) is a Configuration Manager server role where packages are stored for later distribution. SCCM Distribution points play a key role in the delivery of packages, programs, endpoint protection updates, applications, software updates, and operating system deployment (OSD).

What is maintenance window SCCM? ›

Let's find out what is SCCM Maintenance Windows(MW) for Clients. In Windows 10/11 systems management, a maintenance window is a period of time designated for preventive maintenance in advance by the system admins. During this window, the system admins could cause disruption of service for SCCM clients.

What is inbox in SCCM? ›

SCCM Inbox Folders plays Vital Role in troubleshooting problems with different components. You should keep an Eye on the inbox folders for a backlog of files that wait to be processed. There are various methods to monitor the inbox folders (tools/Scripts etc).

What is C :\ Windows CCM logs? ›

Ccm. log – Client Configuration Manager tasks. Cidm. log – Records changes to the client settings by the Client Install Data Manager (CIDM).

How do I check my SCCM client status? ›

In the Configuration Manager console, go to the Monitoring workspace, and select the Client Status node. On the Home tab of the ribbon, in the Client Status group, select Client Status Settings.

Where are SCCM packages stored on client? ›

The CCMCache folder is the location where the SCCM downloads all the files needed for various installations. This applies not only to applications but also to patches, task sequences, and other items. By default, this folder is set to C:\Windows\ccmcache.

What are the discovery methods in SCCM? ›

The following options are available for use with multiple Active Directory discovery methods:
  • Delta Discovery.
  • Filter stale computer records by domain sign in.
  • Filter stale records by computer password.
  • Search customized Active Directory attributes.
4 Oct 2022

Where is CMTrace exe located? ›

The client installation directory. For example: C:\Windows\CCM\CMTrace.exe.

What is CM trace? ›

CMTrace is a real-time log file viewer for Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MEMCM, formerly SCCM).

What port does WMI use? ›

WMI uses TCP port 135 and a range of dynamic ports: 49152-65535 (RPC dynamic ports – Windows Vista, 2008 and above), TCP 1024-65535 (RPC dynamic ports – Windows NT4, Windows 2000, Windows 2003), or you can set up WMI to use a custom range of ports.

What is WMIC used for? ›

The Windows Management Instrumentation Command line (WMIC) is a software utility that allows users to performs Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) operations with a command prompt.

What is root CIMV2? ›

The WMI namespace root/cimv2 is the default namespace and contains classes for computer hardware and configuration. The WMI namespace root/cimv2 is the default namespace and contains classes for computer hardware and configuration.

What is 3rd party patching? ›

Third-party patching (patch management) is the process of installing patches to third-party applications, that are installed on your company's endpoints, to address bugs or vulnerabilities in the software. Third-party patching is critical for the security of your organization that prevents data breaches.

Is WSUS required for SCCM? ›

The WSUS Administration Console is required on the Configuration Manager site server when the software update point is on a remote site system server and WSUS isn't already installed on the site server.

Can you use SCCM without Active Directory? ›

No. Like Kent said, AD is required for ConfigMgr.

Is SCCM still in demand? ›

Yes, SSCM certification has plenty of good opportunities only if one keeps learning about new technologies like Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows Autopilot as well as SCCM/ConfigMgr.

Can Intune replace SCCM? ›

You can use both Intune and SCCM to manage Windows 10 systems using a configuration Microsoft calls co-management. The tools have some capabilities that overlap, but you will most likely use them in a complementary fashion.

Is Intune the same as SCCM? ›

Both solutions are parts of Microsoft Endpoint Manager – a single, integrated platform for managing all the endpoints in the organization. Intune is a cloud-based solution that allows you to manage company-owned and personal devices, while SCCM is a more traditional on-premises solution.

Is SCCM cloud based? ›

When Microsoft introduced the SCCM current branch, it updated the product to connect it to the cloud using back-end Azure services. Now, most organizations can pick and choose and switch some of the on-premises services with Azure-based ones.

Where is SCCM server on network? ›

Method 1 – Using Configuration Manager console find SMS Providers
  1. Launch Configuration Manager console.
  2. Navigate to Administration\Overview\Site Configuration\Sites.
  3. Select the Server, right click and click Properties.
  4. On Site Properties window, click General.
  5. Look for SMS Provider Location.
11 Apr 2022

What has replaced SCCM? ›

Starting in version 1910, Configuration Manager current branch is now part of Microsoft Endpoint Manager. Version 1906 and earlier are still branded System Center Configuration Manager. The Microsoft Endpoint Manager brand will appear in the product and documentation over the coming months.

What is the client version for SCCM 2111? ›

The SCCM 2111 production client version is 5.00.

Any computers running an older version of ConfigMgr client will now upgrade to version 5.00.

How do I check for SCCM updates? ›

In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to Monitoring > Overview > Deployments. Click the software update group or software update for which you want to monitor the deployment status. On the Home tab, in the Deployment group, click View Status.

Is SCCM end of life? ›

You can find more details about supported versions of SCCM here.
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SCCM Life Cycle – Table format – End of Support Dates for SCCM CB Current Branch?
SCCM VersionAvailability DateSupport End Date
2111December 1, 2021June 1, 2023
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What is better than SCCM? ›

Choosing an SCCM Alternative

Tools like SolarWinds Patch Manager, NinjaOne Patch Manager and ManageEngine Desktop Central stand out as alternatives that offer you a complete patch management experience at a competitive price point.

What is Intune in SCCM? ›

Microsoft Intune is an Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution from Microsoft. Microsoft Intune helps manage all flavors of devices (Windows, iOS, Android, and macOS). This solution helps to deliver network settings and other device management settings.

Is SCCM still in demand? ›

Yes, SSCM certification has plenty of good opportunities only if one keeps learning about new technologies like Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows Autopilot as well as SCCM/ConfigMgr.

What is cumulative update in SCCM? ›

SCCM Upgrades are released 3-4 times a year. After an SCCM Upgrade, it's important to upgrade your SCCM Client version to the latest version. Cumulative updates are cumulative, meaning that the latest one includes the previous one. ( Ex: You don't need to apply CU1 if you plan to install CU2)

What is the difference between SCCM and WSUS? ›

Both SCCM and WSUS are products of Microsoft. Type: The type difference between SCCM and WSUS is that SCCM is a system management software, and WSUS is a remote administration software and package management. Software Packaging: SCCM supports the packages and programs used in the configuration manager.

How do I know if SCCM client is running? ›

The best way to determine as to whether or not SCCM is installed is to check your Control Panels and look for one labeled "Systems Management". Seeing this control panel confirms that you are running SCCM.

How do I view SCCM logs? ›

To view the logs, use the Configuration Manager log viewer tool CMTrace. It's located in the \SMSSetup\Tools folder of the Configuration Manager source media. The CMTrace tool is added to all boot images that are added to the Software Library.

How do I clear SCCM client cache? ›

On the client computer, open the Configuration Manager control panel. Switch to the Cache tab. To delete the files in the cache folder, choose Delete Files.

How do I run a SCCM cycle? ›

Step-By-Step

Locate the Configuration Manager Icon and open by clicking on it. On the Configuration Manager Properties box, click on the ACTIONS tab. Click on Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle and click on "Run Now." Click on Application Deployment Evaluation Cycle and click on "Run Now."

What is the future of SCCM? ›

SCCM is becoming a core business-critical system (so as SCCM admins) which includes Antimalware, patching, and managing access policies (Conditional Access policies via Intune) to get the mail access and critical data access of your organization.

Does SCCM have future? ›

The answer is yes (arguably). The only option is to keep learning new technologies like Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows Autopilot, and SCCM/ConfigMgr.

Can you use SCCM in Azure? ›

Support: Microsoft fully supports multiple SCCM in Azure configurations, such as Configuration Manager on an Azure VM or using an Azure VM to run different Configuration Manager site system roles with other roles running in the data center.

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