Manage Hardware Inventory

Practice Labs Module
Time
1 hour
Difficulty
Intermediate

The "Manage Hardware Inventory" module provides you with the instructions and devices to develop hands on skills in the following topics: How to create Sms_def.mof file, How to import MOF settings into SCCM 2012, How to add a new inventory class from the WMI namespace to another device, How to enable or disable existing inventory classes...

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Overview

Introduction

The Manage Hardware Inventory module provides you with the instructions and devices to develop hands on skills in the following topics:

  • How to create Sms_def.mof file
  • How to import MOF settings into SCCM 2012
  • How to add a new inventory class from the WMI namespace to another device
  • How to enable or disable existing inventory classes
  • How to import/export hardware inventory classes
  • How to use MIF files to extend hardware inventory

Exercise 1 - Working with MOF Settings

In this exercise, you will learn to create Sms_def.MOF file. You will also learn to import MOF settings into SCCM 2012.

Exercise 2 - Add a New Inventory Class from WMI Namespace

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a set of specifications for management of devices and applications in a network from Windows systems. SCCM 2012 uses WMI to manage local and remote computers. The hardware inventory of SCCM 2012 uses WMI to read information from devices.

Exercise 3 - Import and Export Hardware Inventory Classes

SCCM 2012 allows you to import and export Managed Object Format (MOF) files containing inventory classes. In this exercise, you will learn how to import and export inventory classes.

Exercise 4 - Enable and Disable Existing Inventory Classes

SCCM 2012 allows you to enable or disable the existing inventory classes as per your requirements. In this exercise, you will learn how to enable/disable existing inventory classes.

Exercise 5 - Use Management Information Files to Extend Hardware Inventory

MIF files enable you to extend the hardware inventory information collected by SCCM from the clients. The information from MIF files is stored along with the client report in the database. NOIDMIF and IDMIF are types of MIF files. In this exercise, you will learn how to use MIF files to extend hardware inventory.

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