Configuring ConfigMgr Fast Channel Support

Recast ConfigMgr Fast Channel support was added in version 4.2.2004 of Right Click Tools and Recast Management Server. Fast Channel Support requires a script to be installed in your ConfigMgr console, and requires a WMI provider to be installed on the devices you would like to manage though the Fast Channel. The script is created when installing Right Click Tools, the WMI Provider is installed by installing the Recast Agent.

Prerequisites

This documentation assumes that you have the most recent version of the following configured and functional.

  • Fast Channel Support requires ConfigMgr Current Branch 1710 or later
  • Recast Management Server - Fast Channel Support will be managed through the Recast Management Server
  • Recast Proxy - enables the Recast Management Server to read from AD and ConfigMgr to populate scopes
  • Right Click Tools - contains the Fast Channel Script that will need to be added to the ConfigMgr Console
  • Recast Agent - Needs to be installed on devices. 

The account that you use for Recast Proxy will need to have the ability to read devices with the Add/Remove programs table, and permissions to run scripts.

Installation

Fast Channel Script Import

Import and approve the ConfigMgr Fast Channel Script in your ConfigMgr console. This script is located in 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Recast Software\Recast RCT\Extras'. The script is called 'Recast ConfigMgr Fast Channel.ps1'.

Adding Script to ConfigMgr

Configuring the Fast Channel in Recast Management Server

Create a Scope

Create a ConfigMgr Site scope, or a ConfigMgr Device Collection Scope. With this scope, Recast Management Server is creating a list of devices to determine which endpoints are able to run actions over the fast channel. Specifically it is creating a list of computers with the appropriate Configuration Manager Client version (5.00.8577 or higher) and the appropriate Recast Agent version (4.2.2004 or higher) installed.

ConfigMgr Site Scope

ConfigMgr Device Collection Scope

Create a Route

Go to Routes and create a ConfigMgr Fast Channel Route.

ConfigMgr Fast Channel Route

Your Recast Management Server is configured to route actions over the ConfigMgr Fast Channel.

Which Devices can be routed via Fast Channel

To find out which devices can be routed to via the fast channel, click on the GetDevicesInCollectionScope or GetDevicesInSiteScope Actions in the Audit Log.

Devices to route to Fast Channel

Then click "View Results" to the left of the proxies button on the right side. Then select chart in the window that opens and scroll down to select "Is Recast Fast Channel Capable". A chart will appear that will show how many devices are capable of Fast Channel Communication in your scope.

Chart of Fast Channel Capable Devices

If you're not seeing a device showing as "Is Recast Fast Channel Capable" that should be, please make sure a hardware inventory cycle has completed post installing the agent and that your scopes have been repopulated.

Are Actions Running over the Fast Channel

To determine if actions are actually running over the fast channel you can check the scripts node under the monitoring section. If you can see that the Fast Channel Script you added is running successfully, it can be assumed that it is working correctly.

monitoring node