Right Click Tools Highlight: Advanced Collection Information

Another one of my Top 10 Right Click Tools is Advanced Collection Information.  Right now you're thinking, ha, that tool is obsolete, in 1906, ConfigMgr now gives a list of collections a machine is in the lower pane.  At first glance, you'd be right, however, once you launch the tool and take a closer look, you'll see some additional useful information.

  • Collections: List of all Collections the machine is in, along with the folder location of said collection and the collection ID.
  • Collection Variables: List of Variables applied to the machine from the collection it is in.  Useful to confirm / troubleshoot when these variables are used in a Task Sequence, like enabling Debug Mode in 1906.
  • Maintenance Windows: List of Maintenance Windows that are applied to this machine.  Ever wonder why or why not a deployment didn't run when expected, could be a Maintenance Window.  Execmgr and status messages will help point to this, as they will say the deployment is ready, but waiting for an available maintenance window.
  • Power Plans: I didn't grab a screen capture, I've actually never used CM to create Power Plans, but if I did, I'd find this tab useful. :-)

So hopefully you can see, while ConfigMgr continues to add features and enhance the UI, Right Click Tools add value to the ConfigMgr Console and make the ConfigMgr admin's life easier.