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Include the Right Click tools kit as part of the Console, not as a seperate download addon

Include the Right Click tools adon as part of the Console install, not as a seperate download addon

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      • Steve CarneolSteve Carneol commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Since we are starting to see some Right Click Tools integrated into the console (Client Notifications), it would be nice to have a Wake-On-Lan option for both a collection and the computer object. SCCM already has WOL capabilities for Deployments but it would be nice to have it integrated as a Right Click Tool. We created our own internal WOL service that we integrated into our SCCM consoles but think others could benefit from this if it was built-in.

      • bdambdam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Appreciate seeing the client notifications making it in as of 1602. As Ricky points out, the collection membership and the associated data (specifically maintenance windows) would be a great next step. The bulk add to collection being a close second.

      • HarshalHarshal commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I can't see Right click tools built in so far in SCCM console in 1602 / 1606 as well.

      • John GrotzJohn Grotz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ryan's Right Click Tools are very useful in managing a collection of computers and individual systems. It would be nice to have more frequently used right click options available without needing to run another installer. It is a pain when the console has an update and once that is applied, the Right Click Tools addon need to be re-installed.

      • Qasim MashwaniQasim Mashwani commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Integration of the Right Click Tools should be an optional feature in the Admin Console and preferably restricted by policy even if feature is selected as the potential for mass havoc caused by one errant click on certain tools is quite significant.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Is there any update to Phase 2? I am dying to be able to restart on the fly or schedule restarts on collections.

      • AlexAlex commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Seems like 'right click tools' should have been a part of SCCM years ago. Microsoft is asleep at the wheel. I'd also like to see a separate tool like "SCCM Client Center" so you don't have to wait until you track down the device inside SCCM console till you're able troubleshoot it.

      • Garrett MarshGarrett Marsh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Client Actions:
        • Branch Distribution Point Maintenance Task
        • Discovery Data Collection Cycle
        • Hardware Inventory Cycle
        • Machine Policy Retrieval and Evaluation Cycle
        • Software Inventory Cycle
        • Software Metering Usage Report Cycle
        • Software Updates Deployment Evaluation Cycle
        • Software Updates Scan Cycle
        • Windows Installer Source List Update Cycle

        Client Tools:
        • Restart SMS Agent Host Service
        • Generate new SCCM GUID
        • Rerun Advertisement
        • Open Client Log File Folder
        • Open Client Installation Log File Folder
        • Assign Client to Another Site
        • Change Cache Size
        • Uninstall SCCM Client

        Console Tools:
        • Manage Computer
        • Ping System
        • Wake On LAN
        • RDP to Console
        • System Info
        • Show Collections
        • Running Processes
        • Computer Management
        • Connect to C$
        • Interactive Command Prompt
        • Reboot System
        • Schedule Reboot
        • AD Groups PC is a member of
        • Interactive PowerShell
        • Group Policy Update
        • Open Regedit

        http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/2012/05/07/config-manager-2012-right-click-tools/

      • Ryan EphgraveRyan Ephgrave commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Some additional ideas for incorporating common console extensions into the console. All the things I'm suggesting are in multiple tool sets so they are very popular:

        Client:
        1) Cache tools: The cache is very hard to manage on a case by case basis. Adding the ability to change the cache size, clear the cache, change cache location, and see individual information on everything in the cache (the info stored in CacheInfoEx in root\ccm\SoftMgmtAgent)
        2) Client control panel information: It would be amazing to make the client control panel tool (what lets you view client information, components, run configurations, etc) available through the console.
        3) Show what boundaries a SCCM client happens to fall in to be able to troubleshoot overlapping boundaries.
        4) What's been run on the device? Finding out historical information about what has been run on the device should be much easier than going to the registry for execution history and the logs for application information.
        5) Install or uninstall applications and other things that show up in Software Center
        6) We should be able to see all Collection Variables, Maintenance Windows, and Power Plans that are deployed to a specific device. Also, some information on what the next maintenance window will be would be amazing.

        Device:
        1) Show who is currently logged onto a computer. When people are troubleshooting application install problems, they usually want to find a computer that has the problem and has no one logged into it.
        2) Mark if a device has a pending reboot or not
        3) Wake On Lan on demand! Send a WOL packet through the SCCM server to the device!
        4) Manage running processes
        5) Manage services
        6) Restart computer

        There's a ton of other tools out there, but these are probably the most useful and most popular.

      • Richard ArcherRichard Archer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Regarding the talk of using PS remoting, I think I'd rather see this kind of functionality, if built into the console, use the existing communication channels (Fast Channel notification and standard policy items). I do see the value of PowerShell based commands (we use Ryan's tools), but it introduces yet another dependency. If you've got working communication between client and server, that should be enough.

        It's actually a feature I really miss from LANDesk. There could be a firewall blocking all communication between server and client except the LANDesk channel, and even if I had no administrative rights on the client, I could still kick off a hardware inventory or a variety of other commands, and get real-time feedback on the results.

      • Andrew MalcolmAndrew Malcolm commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        ...or just roll the same functionality with Powershell and put that into the console. Either way this addon provides a TON of useful features I routinely make use of.

      • Nathan McNultyNathan McNulty commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree with Ryan that some of them do make sense while some don't. Additionally, I would love to see most of these done through PowerShell Remoting (maybe by invoking commands from the ConfigMgr cmdlet library). This would provide the output of the PowerShell commands being used so they can be copied and re-used in scripts.

        I understand that many organizations may disable PS Remoting for security reasons, so maybe adding a way to use PS Remoting by default and then a fall back method for those who can't would be a good option.

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