Detailed Windows crash data in Desktop Analytics
Device Health in Windows Analytics has lots of useful information about Windows crashes, such as what caused the blue screen, the driver version, and other information. This information can be used to develop proactive improvement plans to improve the general reliability of our desktop environment and end user devices.
Could you please add this functionality to Desktop Analytics? It would complement the existing information being reported for O365 reliability, although this is currently somewhat hidden by the M365 UI.
As demoed at MSIgnite, this is coming.
Michel Leclerc commented
Is it possible to have a link to the MS ignite session ? Is a release date for this feature already known ?
Device Health in Windows Analytics was really helpful !
Are there any links to what was announced at MSIgnite for those that couldn't attend? We setup Device health for our Windows 10 rollout with the intention to use it to pro-actively manage our fleet. Disappointing when we lost all that insight into what was happening on our Windows 10 machines. Thanks
Please, someone, confirm if similar functionality that Device Health provided is included in Desktop Analytics given MS statements below?
“Desktop Analytics is a successor of Windows Analytics. The Windows Analytics service includes Upgrade Readiness, Update Compliance, and Device Health.
All of these capabilities are combined in the Desktop Analytics service. Desktop Analytics also is more tightly integrated with Configuration Manager.”
“On January 31st, 2020 Windows Analytics will retire in favor of Desktop Analytics. New customers will no longer be able to onboard to the “Upgrade Readiness” and “Device Health” solutions once Desktop Analytics becomes generally available. However, “Update Compliance” will remain available via the Azure portal.”
Having driver health information would help determine if the upgrade is performing well.
The "Monitor Health" only looks into apps, but cannot tell if a driver is performing worse than expected, even if is not crashing the device, so health monitoring is only half-way of what is should be.
Chris Westphal commented
What happened to the DA that was being shown off at Ignite 2018? It had a lot more features that were useful from a environment health, issue identification, and remediation standpoint. Per Edward's note, it did more then a one year old Windows Analytics update/upgrade compliance overview that was more flushed out. It missing features even in Windows Analytics today.
I have to say that Desktop Analytics (DA) is completely useless at this moment. We have integrated it with SCCM 1902 with hotfix rollup and have created a few deployment plans using synced SCCM collections in DA. It shows upgrade decision per devices, applications, and drivers. However, it doesn't tell us why a device is marked with Blocked. Without knowing why a device is being marked as blocked, no corrective action can be taken based on the DA. We have stopped using DA and we are now silently performing the compatibility scan using Windows 10 setup.exe with /compat ScanOnly option. This way we can know more than DA because the setup.exe returns well-known exit codes and also it gives us more log files to drill down for any compatibility issues. Hopefully, Microsoft updates DA so we can use it to investigate blocked devices.