Client Tools Overview

The client tools are helpful actions related to the configuration manager client installed on the device. The most popular is Remote Software Center.

Add Device(s) to Collection

The Add Computers to Collection tool adds single or multi-selected devices to a specified Device Collection in a drop down list. Options are available for searching based on name rather than ResourceID.

Change Cache Size

The Change Cache Size tool allows a console user to view the current cache size in MB and to input a new one.

Clear Cache

The Clear Cache tool allows a console user to clear the client cache on a remote device.

Client Information

The Client Information tool provides several types of information and available actions regarding the ConfigMgr client.

Install Missing Software Updates

The Install Missing Software Updates tool displays required or available software updates that are not currently installed on a device, allowing a user to select from the list and then install them.

Open Client Installation Log File Folder

The Open Client Installation Log Folder tool allows a console user to open the file location of the Client install log on a remote device.

Open Client Log File Folder

The Open Client Log File Folder tool allows a console user to open the file location of the Client log on a remote device.

Refresh Updates Compliance State

The Refresh Updates Compliance State tool allows a console user to refresh the update compliance state of a device in ConfigMgr.

Remote Software Center

The Remote Software Center has similar functionality as the local Software Center application with the ability to be run remotely from the administrator console and at scale on numerous devices or device collections. You can view and install deployed applications and programs, available software updates, and view and run deployed task sequences. It has similar functionality to the local Configuration Manager control panel to check the target machine against deployed compliance policies.

Repair Client

The Repair Client tool allows a console user to kick off the Repair Client functionality in the SMS_Client WMI class.

Rerun Deployment

The Rerun Deployment tool allows a console user to rerun a package or task sequence deployment on a device or multi-selected devices.

Restart SMS Agent Host Service

The Restart SMS Agent Host Service tool allows a console user restart the ConfigMgr client on a device.

Run Client Check

The Run Client Check tool allows a console user to run the built-in ConfigMgr Client health checks.

Show Collections - Advanced

The Show Collections- Advanced tool allows a console user view information about the collections a device object belongs to.

Stop ConfigMgr Client Activities

The Stop ConfigMgr Client Activities tool allows a console user to immediately stop the SMS Agent Host and kill any pending scnotification.exe processes. It was designed to address accidents-- like a deployment with the wrong deadline-- so that anything not yet started will be stopped.

Uninstall SCCM Client

The Uninstall SCCM Client tool allows a console user to uninstall the ConfigMgr Client on a remote device.