SCCM ConfigMgr 2012 How to Use Deployment Monitoring Tool
Deployment Monitor Tool (DeploymentMonitoringTool.exe) is new addition to ConfigMgr 2012 Toolkit. This Tool is a graphical user interface designed to assist in troubleshooting applications, updates and baseline deployments.
In this post, I ‘m trying to explore Deployment Monitoring tool in some more details. How can it be used more effectively. The documentation provided with this toolkit is excellent (ToolkitHelp), however, I’ve seen lot of us never look into those documentations.
Deployment Monitoring Tool is part of ConfigMgr2012 Toolkit and can be downloaded from the this LINK.
Before going into deep dive, I would like to remind you Deployment Monitoring Tool MUST be run as administrator. In this post we’ll cover following topics in details with some examples.
Through actions menu you can (a) Connect to A remote Computer, (b) Import and Export XML files of a system for further troubleshooting and (c) Review the log files depending upon which TAB is selected. i.e Application and Baseline Deployments Tab –> PolicyAgent.log:, Update Deployments –> updatesDeployment.log and All Updates Tab –> WindowsUpdate.log:
Client Properties tab will help us to get all the client details. The following information is very helpful at the time of troubleshooting. Client Logs Directory, ccmexec service Status, Service Window (maintenance window) status, Proxy MP, Resident MP details, WSUS Locations, Update Sources, Last Policy refresh Cycle,Assigned MP, Site Code, Client Approved status and certificate information etc.…
Deployments tab will help to list down the details of each targeted deployments (advertisements in SCCM 2007). This will provide you more details of the deployments like Name, Deadline, State,Type and ID.
For example, in the following pic, you can see an application called “Operation Basics**”. The deployment is OPTIONAL, state of deployment is APP_CI_ASSIGNMENT_EVALUATION, Deployment ID and Deployment Type is Application. However, if you look at other two deployments, you can see that one is Software Update and other one is mandatory application deployment with a deadline.
You will get in depth characteristics of selected deployment in the bottom of the tool. Information contain all the following details. These details are very very helpful at the time of troubleshooting.
AssignmentAction, DisableMomAlerts,NotifyUser, SuppressReboot, OverrideServiceWindows, RaiseMomAlertOnFailure, StartTime, StartTime, Target, RebootOutsideOfServiceWindows, UserUIExperience, DeploymentType, etc…
You will also get in-depth details about selected deployment at the bottom (each and every details that you’ve specified at the time of creation of new application). For example – Properties (as mentioned above), Policy, Evaluation, Content, Enforcement, Reporting and Requirement Violations.
All updates tab will provide the details about all the required updates along with their status.
Article ID, Bulletin, Status, Title, Unique ID, Scan Time, Source Version and Source Unique ID
For example – 2676562, MS12-034, Missing, Security Update for Windows 7 (KB2676562),
d4086c7b-d238-4790-b160-c01af8350d94, 07/11/2012 10:16:43, 229,