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CMtrace

CMTrace Log Viewer is also refered to as the CMTrace tool (previously called the Trace32). It is a tool from Microsoft to view log files such as Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), Microsoft Software Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), DISM, and many others. Though, mostly for SCCM as it is part of “Configuration Manager Tools”. The Configuration Manager tools include client-based and server-based tools, and this will be discussed later on in this guide. Unlike many other log viewers, this tool shows the data as the log file is written or updated. The log file viewer shows the most recent updated lines written to log file and it is considered one of the favourite tool for MDT and SCCM administrators. Kindly refer to the following related guides: How to Add Packages to Windows image the DISM Tool, and how to add languages to Windows image using DISM and PowerShell. For WinPE-related guides, differences between MDT and WDS, and MDT deployment failed and Stuck at Command Prompt, and unable to determine destination disk, partition, and/or drive.

This is a free tool you can download from Microsoft. It’s part of the SCCMTooklit downloads available from the following link.
– Click the Download button, and download ConfigMgrTools.msi

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Upon download, double click on the ConfigMgrTools.msi to install the System Center Configuration Manager Toolkit as shown below.

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On the setu screen below, click on Next to continue.

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Accept the lincense agrrrment as shown below and click on Next.

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In the select componnets window, click on next to continue.

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If you have the UAC setup, this will be prompted. Just click on Yes to proceed.
– User Account Control (UAC) can help prevent unauthorized changes to your computer. For more information, see the following link.

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The setup is complet as shown below. Click on finish to close the wizard.

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Click on the Start Menu, the newly (recently) installed application will be displayed as shown below. Shortly, I will be showing you how to use these tool (CMTrace) in particular. But before then, I will be discribing what these tools are,

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The Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Toolkit contains fifteen downloadable tools that can help manage and troubleshoot Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. The following list provides specific information about each tool in the toolkit.
Note: Some features require Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager for full functionality.

Server Based ToolsClient Based Tools
DP Job Manager – A tool that helps troubleshoot and manage ongoing content distribution jobs to Configuration Manager distribution points.Client Spy – A tool that helps you troubleshoot issues related to software distribution, inventory, and software metering on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients.
Collection Evaluation Viewer – A tool that assists in troubleshooting collection evaluation related issues by viewing collection evaluation details.Configuration Manager Trace Log Viewer – A tool used to view log files created by Configuration Manager components and agents.
Content Library Explorer – A tool that assists in troubleshooting issues with and viewing the contents of the content library.Deployment Monitoring Tool – The Deployment Monitoring Tool is a graphical user interface designed help troubleshoot Applications, Updates, and Baseline deployments on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients.
Security Configuration Wizard Template for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – The Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) is an attack-surface reduction tool for the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. Security Configuration Wizard determines the minimum functionality required for a server’s role or roles, and disables functionality that is not required.Policy Spy – A policy viewer that helps you review and troubleshoot the policy system on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients
Content Library Transfer – A tool that transfers content from one disk drive to another.Power Viewer Tool – A tool to view the status of power management feature on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients.
Content Ownership Tool – A tool that changes ownership of orphaned packages (packages without an owner site server).Send Schedule Tool – A tool used to trigger a schedule on a client or trigger the evaluation of a specified DCM Baseline. You can trigger a schedule either locally or remotely.
Role-based Administration Modeling and Auditing Tool – This tool helps administrators to model and audit RBA configurations.Wakeup Spy – A tool that provides a view of the power state of Configuration Manager client computers and which operate as managers or manages.
Run Metering Summarization Tool – The purpose of this tool is to run the metering summarization task to analyze raw metering data

Now, we will be suing the CMTrace Tool to access any log on my workstation. Click on the Start Menu and select CMTrace as shown below.

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Upon startig the Tool, you will be asked to make the program the default viewer for log files. Why not? Select Yes please 🙂

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In order to demonstrate how you can read logs with CMtrace SCCM Log Viewer, I will be selecting a random log file on my device.
– Right-click on the log file and select open with.

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As you can see below, CMTrace can help viewing the LOGs by nicely outputing the information as shown below. When reading the logs, the application might show you red and yellow lines.
– Note: Most times, this does not represent real issues as shown below. It is worth noting that the “CMTrace” marks lines with words “Error” / “Failed” in it with and for with “Could not”. When something is failing, in most cases the task will execute again and it will succeed. Therefore, read the LOGs carefully and try to understand the meaning of the message.

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By default after installation, the application will be installed in the following path below. If your log that has a line exceeding 8000 characters is truncated in the CMTrace log viewer, kindly refer to this link.

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Kindly review the Tabs (Menu bar) for more functionalities of this tool. I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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Configuration Manager Tools

Applies to: Configuration Manager (current branch)

The Configuration Manager tools primarily include client-based and server-based tools. Use these tools to help support and troubleshoot your Configuration Manager infrastructure.

These tools are included in the folder on the site server. No further installation is required. Use these versions of the tools with supported versions of Configuration Manager current branch.

All Windows operating systems listed as supported clients in Supported operating systems for clients and devices are supported for use with these tools.

Note

The System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit is still available from the Microsoft Download Center. For supported versions of Configuration Manager current branch, use the versions of the tools in the CD.Latest folder on the site server. Some tools were formerly in the toolkit but not included current branch. These legacy tools are no longer supported.

Client tools

These tools are in the subfolder:

Note

The folder also includes the file Microsoft.Diagnostics.Tracing.EventSource.dll. Several client tools require this library. You can't directly use it.

Server tools

These tools are in the subfolder:

  • DP Job Queue Manager: Troubleshoots content distribution jobs to distribution points

  • Collection Evaluation Viewer: View collection evaluation details

    Important

    Starting in Configuration Manager version 2103, this standalone tool isn't supported. The tool is no longer included with the Configuration Manager installation source. Starting in version 2010, its functionality is built-in to the console. For more information, see, How to view collection evaluation.

  • Content Library Explorer: View contents of the content library single instance store

  • Content Library Transfer: Transfers content library between drives

  • Content Ownership Tool: Changes ownership of orphaned packages. These packages exist in the site without an owning site server.

  • Role-based Administration and Auditing Tool: Helps administrators audit roles configuration

    Note

    Starting in version 2107, RBAViewer has moved from . It's now located in the Configuration Manager console directory. After you install the console, RBAViewer.exe will be in the same directory. The default location is .

  • Run Meter Summarization Tool: Run metering summarization task and analyze metering data

Note

The ServerTools folder also includes the following files:

  • AdminUI.WqlQueryEngine.dll
  • Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.ManagementProvider.dll
  • Microsoft.Diagnostics.Tracing.EventSource.dll

Several server tools require these libraries. You can't directly use them.

More tools in the folder

The following tools are in the folder on the site server:

Other tools

Sours: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/mem/configmgr/core/support/tools
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The Blog

Based on the popularity of my previous post published in 2018, I decided to do a 2019 refresh of the SCCM Must have Tools and blog list since there were many changes since then.

In this edition, I also added must-have blog posts that you should have already read.

The tools are listed in no particular order. The list could have been longer but I needed to choose from my top personal list. If you feel that I’ve forgotten your awesome contribution to the SCCM community, please use the comment section to promote it.

SCCM must have tools blog list :

WIM Witch – A GUI Driven Solution for Image Customization

If you are doing Windows 10 upgrades, WIM Witch is a utility that can be used to update and modify WIM files for Windows deployment scenarios.

It allows the WIM to be patched, drivers to be applied, in-box applications to be removed, and .Net 3.5 binaries to be injected. It also supports the ability to inject an Autopilot configuration file into the WIM file to support “Autopilot For Existing Device” deployments. 

Developed by Donna Ryan, you can download this free tool from SCConfigMgr blog where all necessary info resides.

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OSDBuilder

OSDBuilder is a PowerShell module to help you perform Offline Servicing to a Windows Operating System Image.

The main difference between OSDBuilder and other scripted methods for Servicing a Windows Image Offline is that OSDBuilder creates an answer file called a Task (think Task Sequence). Since the Task has all the information it needs to update the Windows Image, there is no interaction necessary, and as long as the content (updates) are updated regularly, the Task can be repeated as needed.

Developed by David Segura, you can download this free tool from the project home page where all necessary info resides.

SCCM Must have tools

Install RSAT for Windows 10 1809 and 1903 and 1909 automated

This tool can be used to install the Remote Server Administration Tools to a Windows 10 1809 installation which is kind of tricky because it has become a Feature on Demand (FoD)

The tool is the most downloaded Gallery project with 79,889 Downloads! Developed by MVP Martin Bengtsson, you can download this free tool from the project home page where all necessary info resides.

Hydration Kit For Windows Server 2019, SQL Server 2017 and ConfigMgr Current Branch

This one is a classic. If you’ve been using a lab environment for SCCM, you probably already know this one.

This kit builds a complete ConfigMgr Current Branch infrastructure running on Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2017. This kit is tested on both Hyper-V and VMware virtual platforms, but should really work on any virtualization platform that can boot from an ISO.

Developed by MVP Johan Arwidmark, you can download this free tool from his blog where all necessary info resides.

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Windows 10 Toast Notification Script Update: Personal greeting and protocol-based reboot

The Windows 10 Toast Notification Script enables you to create nice and nifty toast notifications for the logged on user in Windows 10. This can be done with Configuration Manager or with Group Policy Preferences and Scheduled Tasks (and probably other means too).

Developed by MVP Martin Bengtsson, you can download this free tool from his blog where all necessary info resides.

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DocumentCMCB

This script attempts to document your entire Configuration Manager (SCCM) environment. This is a nearly full rewrite of the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) documentation script so kindly shared with everyone by David O’Brien. If you need to document every setting on your server, this tool is a must.

Developed by Paul Wetter, you can download this free tool from his Github repo where all necessary info resides.

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Force Intune policy sync from a PowerShell script

Wonderful article describing how to force an MDM sync from the actual Windows 10 client.

Written by Michael Niehaus, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft… you can’t go wrong with this one.

Read the blog post… and many other good one on his personal blog.

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Windows 10 Feature Updates – Using Setupconfig.ini to Manage Feature Updates in the Enterprise

This one is a blog post by Adam Gross which is one of our collaborators/consultants.

It explains how to use Setupconfig.ini that can be used to pass command line arguments to the Windows Setup engine during a Windows installation.

If you’re doing Windows 10 migration, read his blog post. It might be handy.

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Building the Perfect Windows Server 2019 Reference Image

Another awesome write by Johan, Step-by-step quick guide on building the perfect Windows Server 2019 reference image. The guide is divided in two parts: The first part covers how to create a thin, but fully updated Windows Server 2019 reference image using offline servicing. The second part is about creating a thicker Windows Server 2019 reference image using build and capture with MDT 8456

This post was one of the most liked twitter posts in the SCCM community in the past months.

Read the complete article by MVP Johan Arwidmark on his blog

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Intune Policy Processing on Windows 10 explained

This blog post is a must if you’re into Modern Management. The blog post dives into the Intune policy processing on an MDM managed Windows 10 client and explains every part of it.

Read the complete article by MVP Oliver Kieselbach on his blog.

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Troubleshooting Windows Autopilot, a reference

Another blog post write by Michael Niehaus, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft. This blog post is the reference post on how to troubleshoot an autopilot enrollment.

Read the blog post… and many other good one on his personal blog.

The conditional access policy flow

This Intune blog post is about the conditional access policy flow. The flow that will help with determining if a conditional access policy is applicable to the user’s attempt to access a cloud app and if access will be allowed or blocked.

Very useful article written by MVP Peter Vander Woude which has been one of the best Intune bloggers for years.

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Intune Training Videos

We conclude this list with the new podcast series about Intune from Adam Gross and MVP Steven Hosking. Each video is between 10 and 60 minutes about Intune. They are up to 15 videos and quickly grew to 1700 subscribers. Definitely worth checking this one on a regular basis if you’re into Intune.

Make sure to subscribe to their channel and like their videos.

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Thanks to all the contributors that helped the SCCM community with their tools, blog posts and time.

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Benoit Lecours

Founder of System Center Dudes. Based in Montreal, Canada, Senior Microsoft SCCM Consultant, 5 times Enterprise Mobility MVP. Working in the industry since 1999. His specialization is designing, deploying and configuring SCCM, mass deployment of Windows operating systems, Office 365 and Intunes deployments.

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SCCM Training For Beginners - Understanding Configuration Item And Compliance Baseline In SCCM
The following list provides specific information about each tool in the toolkit.

Client Spy - A tool that helps you troubleshoot issues related to software distribution, inventory, and software metering on Configuration Manager 2007 clients.
Delete Group Class Tool - A tool used to remove inventory group definitions along with history data, tables, views and stored procedures for the group.
Desired Configuration Management Migration Tool - A tool used to migrate from the DCM Solution for SMS 2003 to DCM in ConfigMgr 2007.
Desired Configuration Management Model Verification Tool - A tool used by desired configuration management content administrators for the validation and testing of configuration items and baselines authored externally from the Configuration Manager console.
Desired Configuration Management Substitution Variable Tool - A tool used by desired configuration management content administrators for authoring desired configuration management configuration items that use chained setting and object discovery.
Management Point Troubleshooter Tool - A tool that checks a computer system before and after a management point installation to ensure that the installation meets the requirements for management points.
Policy Spy - A policy viewer that helps you review and troubleshoot the policy system on Configuration Manager 2007 clients.
Preload Package Tool - A tool used to manually install compressed copies of package source files on Configuration Manager 2007 sites.
Security Configuration Wizard Template for Configuration Manager 2007 - The Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) is an attack-surface reduction tool for the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. Security Configuration Wizard determines the minimum functionality required for a server's role or roles, and disables functionality that is not required. The Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 Security Configuration Wizard template supports new site system definitions and enables the required services and ports.
Send Schedule Toolv- A tool used to trigger a schedule on a Client or trigger the evaluation of a specified DCM Baseline. You can trigger a schedule either locally or remotely.
Trace32 - A log viewer that provides a way to easily view and monitor log files created and updated by Configuration Manager 2007 clients and servers.
Sours: http://www.sccm-tools.com/tools/standalone/standalone-sccmtoolkit.html

Kit sccm tool

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager toolkit was most awaited software and this time toolkit contains fifteen downloadable tools to help you manage and troubleshoot Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. It’s not mandatory to install these tools however these tools are very good for troubleshooting issues related to SCCM 2012 R2. The tools are classified into two types- Server Based Tools and Client Based Tools. In this post we will be taking a look at all these tools briefly and understand what each tool does, we will see the details about all the tools in my coming posts. You can also refer to my SCCM 2012 R2 step by step guides here. Click here to download System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

To install the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit (I am installing the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit on my SCCM box), click the Download button, and download ConfigMgrTools.msi. Run ConfigMgrTools.msi to install the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit. Click Next.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Accept the license agreement and click Next.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Make a note of the installation folder and click Next.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit has been installed now. Click Finish.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

 

Server Based Tools

DP Job Manager – A tool that helps troubleshoot and manage ongoing content distribution jobs to Configuration Manager distribution points. (Requires Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager for full functionality). The tool displays the list of jobs that the package transfer manager component has in its queue as well as the status of the jobs (ready to be executed, running or retrying). The tool also allows manipulation of the jobs in the queue, moving jobs higher on the list, cancelling or even kick start running a job manually.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Collection Evaluation Viewer – A tool that assists in troubleshooting collection evaluation related issues by viewing collection evaluation details (Requires Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager for full functionality). The collection evaluation process runs by evaluating the membership rules of a collection to update its members. The tool displays both historic and live information for full and incremental collection evaluations and the evaluation queue status. It will provide information on the time for collection evaluations to complete, which collections are currently being evaluated, and the estimated time that a collection evaluation will start and complete.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Content Library Explorer – A tool that assists in troubleshooting issues with and viewing the contents of the content library (Requires Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager for full functionality). This tool can be used to troubleshoot issues with the content library, as well as explore its contents. Using the tool, packages, contents, folders, and files can all be copied out of the content library. Packages can be redistributed to the distribution point, and on remote distribution points, packages can be validated. This tool must be run using an account that has administrative access to the target distribution point, as well as access to the WMI provider on the site server and the Configuration Manager provider.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Security Configuration Wizard Template for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – The Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) is an attack-surface reduction tool for the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. Security Configuration Wizard determines the minimum functionality required for a server’s role or roles, and disables functionality that is not required.

Content Library Transfer – A tool that transfers content from one disk drive to another. The tool is useful for the scenario when the disk drive hosting the content library becomes full. After a hard disk is installed with sufficient space to host the content library, ContentLibraryTransfer.exe is used transfer content from the old filled hard disk to the new (empty) drive. Once the transfer is complete, content is now accessible to client computers from the new location without admin intervention.

The syntax of the command is ContentLibraryTransfer.exe  –SourceDrive <drive letter of source drive>  –TargetDrive <drive letter of destination drive>

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Content Ownership Tool – A tool that changes ownership of orphaned packages (packages without an owner site server). Orphaned packages are packages without an owner site server. Packages that are created at a site can become orphaned by removing the site server while they are still owned by this site server. You can select the package and change the site ownership of the package.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Role-based Administration Modeling and Auditing Tool – This tool helps administrators to model and audit RBA configurations.With this tool you can select the Run As button in toolbar tray. You can input the specific user name to check the permissions for that user account. You will see the security roles assigned to the user or the security group the user belongs to.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Run Metering Summarization Tool – The purpose of this tool is to run the metering summarization task to analyze raw metering data. The RunMeterSumm tool is used to trigger Metering Summarization immediately on Primary Sites, by default it’s running as scheduled in Site Maintenance tasks, which start after 12:00AM every day. These tasks summarize the data in table MeterData, and write the summary result into the tables FileUsageSummary and MonthlyUsageSummary, so the user can see the summarized result in metering reports. The administrator who can connect to the primary site database can use this tool to run summarization.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

 

Client Based Tools

Client Spy – A tool that helps you troubleshoot issues related to software distribution, inventory, and software metering on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients. Click on Tools and click connect. You can connect it to a remote machine and troubleshoot issues related to software distribution, inventory, and software metering.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Configuration Manager Trace Log Viewer – A tool used to view log files created by Configuration Manager components and agents. Most of you would have used this tool and I must say its an excellent log file viewer till date.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Deployment Monitoring Tool – The Deployment Monitoring Tool is a graphical user interface designed help troubleshoot Applications, Updates, and Baseline deployments on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients. To connect to remote machine, click on Actions and click on Connect to Remote Machine, type the machine name, user name and password. The tool is read only it does not change any state on the client and can be safely used to diagnose common deployment scenarios.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Policy Spy – A policy viewer that helps you review and troubleshoot the policy system on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients.This tool must be run as administrator.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Power Viewer Tool – A tool to view the status of power management feature on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients. You must run this tool as administrator, when you launch this tool it will display the power settings and capabilities data of local computer. You can connect to a remote computer and view the power management data.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Send Schedule Tool – A tool used to trigger a schedule on a client or trigger the evaluation of a specified DCM Baseline. You can trigger a schedule either locally or remotely. This tool must be run as administrator.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Wakeup Spy – A tool that provides a view of the power state of Configuration Manager client computers and which operate as managers or manages. The tool is useful to get an understanding of wake up traffic being generated and the current power status of client computers.  It cannot be used to control the power state of computers.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

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