Microsoft Endpoint Manager: Inventory, Queries/Collections, and CMPivot with MECM

Explore the data collection and presentation side of Configuration Manager in this course as you customize hardware and software inventory, create queries and collections, and get to know the CMPivot tool.
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Level
Intermediate
Updated
Sep 7, 2021
Duration
2h 13m
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Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Sep 7, 2021
Duration
2h 13m
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Description

The previous course finishes most of the foundational configurations to get an MECM primary site operational. But one final preparation involves the settings required to configure and customize hardware and software inventory collection. Enabling this data collection delivers access to an impressive range of machine characteristics. Understanding both the art and the science of then querying that data is arguably the most important and the most difficult part of the job.

In this fourth course out of sixteen, Microsoft Endpoint Manager: Inventory, Queries/Collections, and CMPivot with MECM, you'll begin by walking through the enabling and customization of hardware and software inventory on attached clients. Then, you'll dig deeply into the practices -- and the creativity -- in building useful queries that can be turned into ConfigMgr collections. Next, for those situations when you need absolute real-time client data, you'll see how CMPivot can accomplish the task. Then, you'll explore MECM's reporting engine and how to customize reports. Finally, you'll explore some special use cases for this collected data with Asset Intelligence andf Software Metering. By then end of this course, you'll have a better understanding of the settings required to configure and customize hardware and software inventory collection.

About the author
About the author

Greg Shields is an Author Evangelist at Pluralsight.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hey, this is Greg Shields, and you found the fourth course of my learning path on the implementation on everyday use of Microsoft Endpoint Manager, including Configuration Manager, MECM, and Microsoft Intune. I am principal author evangelist here, at Pluralsight, and I've been working with MECM since way back in the days of SMS 1.2. Our last course finishes most of the foundational configurations required to get an MECM primary site operational. But one final preparation involves the settings required to configure and customize hardware and software inventory collection. Enabling this data collection delivers access to an impressive range of machine characteristics. Understanding both the art and the science of then querying that data is arguably the most important and the most difficult part of the job. In this fourth course out of 16, you'll begin by walking through the enabling and customization of hardware and software inventory on attached clients, then you'll dig deeply into the practices and the creativity in building useful queries that can be turned into complete manager collections. Next, for those situations when you need absolute real‑time client data, you'll see how CMPivot could accomplish this specialized task. Then, you'll explore MECM's reporting engine and how to customize reports. And finally, we'll explore some special use cases for this collected data with asset intelligence and software metering. If you've just been tasked with implementing and/or managing a Microsoft Endpoint Manager environment, this course is your next stop in brushing up on those skills for success. And, then from here, you'll be ready to continue on the learning path as we explore all the major areas of endpoint configuration that you get with a fully‑realized Microsoft Endpoint Manager solution. Let's get started.