Default Client Settings in SCCM 2012 SP1
All client settings in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager are managed in the Configuration Manager console from the Client Settings node in the Administration workspace. A set of default settings is supplied with Configuration Manager 2012. When you modify the default client settings, these settings are applied to all clients in the hierarchy. You can also configure custom client settings, which override the default client settings when you assign these to collections. Currently we have not created any collection and we will take a look at the default settings and will know what each setting does.
If you have worked on Configuration Manager 2007 the client settings were specific to a single site. In System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, you can specify client settings at a collection level, allowing you to define different settings as necessary. We have the flexibility to create multiple client device or client user settings and apply it to different collections as per our requirement. When you create a client setting a priority is assigned to it, those with a higher priority win over settings with a lower priority. Note that the default client settings has the priority of 10000, which means you can have 9999 client settings that would have higher priority over the default client settings.
Alright, lets take a look at the default client settings, we will not configure any of those settings in this example. To view the default settings, launch the configuration manager 2012 SP1 console, click on Administration, click on Client Settings. Right click on Default Client Settings and click on Properties.
Background Intelligent Transfer – The Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) device settings allow you to configure the behavior of BITS. BITS provides bandwidth throttling to control the transfer of packets on the network between ConfigMgr clients and their management points. Distribution Point traffic goes through an Management Point when using BITS. When you enable BITS you can configure Throttling window start time and end time, Maximum transfer rate in Kbps during throttling window and define whether to use bandwidth throttling outside of the specified throttling window by specifying a maximum transfer rate in Kbps.
Cloud Services – This setting if enabled allows the client computers to use cloud based services. Basically you control access to all cloud-based distribution points in a hierarchy by using cloud services in Client Settings.
Client Policy – The client policy consists of settings on how often the client agent requests the policy from Management Point. By default the client contacts the Management Point every 60 minutes to download the policy. When the Enable user policy polling on clients setting is set to No, users will not receive required applications and updates for applications published in the application catalog, nor will they see notifications about their application approval requests. User policy requests from Internet clients can work only when the Enable user policy polling on clients setting is set to Yes and the Internet-based management point can successfully authenticate the user using Windows Authentication.
Compliance Settings – If Enable compliance evaluation on client is set to yes, then compliance evaluation happens on clients. You can set the schedule for compliance evaluation and you can also enable user data and profiles.
Computer Agent – Computer Agent allows you to define settings related to software distribution on the ConfigMgr client. These include specifying the notification interval for deployments, the default Application Catalog website point, Organization name that will be displayed in software center, displaying notifications for new deployments and more..
Computer Restart – Computer restart device settings allow you to specify the countdown interval for ConfigMgr-initiated restarts. Ensure that the intervals specified are shorter in duration than the shortest maintenance window applied to your client, so the computer restarts during the window.
Endpoint Protection – After you configure the Endpoint protection role, these settings become active. The settings basically allows you to install and manage endpoint protection clients. We will see each of these settings in detail when we install and configure endpoint protection role.
Hardware Inventory – Hardware inventory settings allow you to specify the settings to enable the hardware inventory on the clients. Hardware inventory which are basically files can be used to extend hardware inventory information. You can specify how to collect management information files (MIFs) and enable hardware inventory classes. The ConfigMgr client can scan the hardware currently installed on the client and report that information back to the ConfigMgr infrastructure.
Metered Internet Connections – This is a new setting available in SCCM 2012 SP1, with metered internet connections you can manage how Windows 8 client computers communicate with Configuration Manager sites when they use metered Internet connections.
Enrollment – This setting allows you to enroll the mobile devices and Mac computers. You can set the polling interval for the mobile devices.
Network Access Protection – When NAP is enabled on clients, clients supporting NAP can use ConfigMgr for remediation when they are non-compliant, which is determined by a system health validator (SHV) point. Ensure that NAP is also existing in your infrastructure before you enable this setting.
Power Management – The power management settings specify whether power management by ConfigMgr is enabled or disabled, and if users can exclude their device from the defined ConfigMgr settings.
Remote Tools – You can use Remote Tools for remote management of client desktops for troubleshooting purposes, Remote Tools uses the RDP functionality provided by the Windows OS and you can use this feature to take over desktop using Remote Desktop or assisting the end user using the Remote Assistance functionality, where both the end user and help desk look at the same desktop. Along with that you can grant the remote control permissions to users and groups, you can manage remote desktop settings and much more..
Software Deployment – Software Deployment settings allow you to specify when software deployments are re-evaluated. By default re-evaluation for deployments occurs every 7 days, you can change the default value by clicking on Schedule and set it to your requirement.
Software Inventory – Software inventory enables you to inventory certain files based on the search strings that you provide. For example you can inventory all the executables and get a report of it. You can inventory details about the file only, about the product associated with the file, or all information about the file using the Full Details option. We will see software inventory in detail in a separate post.
Software Metering – Software metering collects file usage data and measures the usage of the software.
Software Updates – This setting allows us to specify on how the clients handle the software updates deployed through configuration manager. You can set the software update scan schedule and if the also schedule the deployment re-evaluation.
State Messaging – State messages are the messaged that are exchanged between the client and the management point. State messages sent by ConfigMgr clients to their management point report the current state of ConfigMgr client operations.
User and Device Affinity – The User and Device Affinity settings for users allow you to specify whether you want to enable a user to define their primary device. You can see this setting when you create custom client device settings and custom client user settings.