How to Perform a Full Hardware Inventory for a PC the Easy Way

In yesterday’s blog post I showed you how to locate, within the InventoryAgent.log, the delta hardware inventory cycle’s major and minor version numbers for an inventory task. I have worked with various versions of SMS/Configuration Manager for a long time and on occasion the inventory will get out of sync. If you discover that the data being returned by a report or a query for a PC is not accurate, you will want to perform a full inventory in order to ensure that you are getting the most up-to-date information. So, in this blog post I will show you how to perform a full hardware inventory for a PC – the easy way!

The simplest way to perform a full inventory for an individual PC is to use SCCM Client Center http://sourceforge.net/projects/smsclictr/ to force a full inventory.

1. Launch SCCM Client Center.
2. Connect the PC (CM12-CM4 in my example).
3. Click on the Client Actions tab.
4. Click on the HW Inventory (Full) option.

Hardware Inventory-Initiate

Here’s a screenshot of my delta hardware inventory version numbers prior to forcing a full inventory.

Hardware Inventory-Version Numbers

Once I perform the full inventory you can see from the log file that the major version number is incremented. And, the minor version number is re-set to 0. Notice in the line above that the version numbers say it will perform a full inventory (full report).

Hardware Inventory-Updated Version Numbers

If you are interested in forcing a full inventory the hard way, check out this blog post: http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2013/09/04/step-by-step-forcing-a-full-hardware-inventory-for-sccm.aspx

Please let me know if you have any questions about how to perform a full hardware inventory for a PC – the easy way! You can contact me on Twitter @GarthMJ or you can leave a note in the comment section below.

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