Fast Channel

Configure Fast Channel Support

Fast Channel Support requires that a script be installed in your Configuration Manager console and that a WMI provider to be installed on the devices you would like to manage via the Fast Channel. The script is created when installing Right Click Tools and the WMI Provider is installed during Recast Agent installation.

Prerequisites

You must have the most recent version of the following configured and functional:

  • ConfigMgr Current Branch 1710 or later
  • Recast Management Server - used to manage Fast Channel support
  • Recast Proxy - allows the Recast Management Server to read from AD and ConfigMgr to populate scopes
  • Right Click Tools - contains the Fast Channel script to be added to the ConfigMgr console
  • Recast Agent - must be installed on devices 

NOTE: The account used for Recast Proxy must have the ability to read devices with the Add/Remove programs table, and permissions to run scripts.

Network Architecture

Import Fast Channel Script

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

Adding Script to ConfigMgr

Configure the Fast Channel in Recast Management Server

To configure the Fast Channel in the Recast Management Server interface, you'll need to create a scope and a route.

Create a Scope

You can choose to create a ConfigMgr Site scope, or a ConfigMgr Device Collection scope. In both cases, the Recast Management Server creates a list of devices to determine which endpoints are able to run actions over the Fast Channel. More specifically, the Recast Management Server produces 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.

To create a scope:

1. In your Recast Management Server, navigate to Administration > Scopes.

2. In the main window, click the Create button.

3. In the Add Scope window, enter a scope Name.

4. Set the Max Age slider to choose how frequently the scope will repopulate itself (in minutes).

5. Set the scope Type to ConfigMgr Site or ConfigMgr Device Collection.

6. Complete the required information for the selected scope type.

7. Click Create.

Create a Route

After you add a scope, create a route (if you don't already have one) to make sure the newly created scope can populate.

To create a route:

1. In your Recast Management Server, navigate to Administration > Routes.

2. In the main window, click Create.

3. In the Create Route window, set the route Type to ConfigMgr Fast Channel.

4. Enter Recast Proxy details.

5. Set the Role to Administrators.

6. Set the Fast Channel Scope to ConfigMgr.

7. Click Create.

ConfigMgr Fast Channel Route

The new route will appear at the bottom of the Routes table.

Determine Devices Routed via Fast Channel

To find out which devices can be routed to via the Fast Channel:

1.  In the Audit Log, click on the GetDevicesInCollectionScope or GetDevicesInSiteScope actions.

Devices to route to Fast Channel

2. Click the View Results icon to the left of the Proxies button.

3. In the window that opens, select Chart and Is Recast Fast Channel Capable.Chart of Fast Channel Capable Devices

NOTE: If you're not seeing expected device displayed as Is Recast Fast Channel Capable, make sure any hardware inventory cycle has completed after installing an agent and that your scopes have been repopulated.

Verify Actions Running over the Fast Channel

To verify that actions are running over the fast channel, you can check the Script Status in the Monitoring section. If you can see that the Fast Channel Script you added is running successfully, it's working correctly.

monitoring node