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SCCM 1710 Restart Client Feature – Use Console to Identify and Restart Clients

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With the release of SCCM 1710, a lot of new features were added. Software center customization was something that i loved the most. Here is the post on customizing software center in SCCM 1710. One of the exciting feature that i wanted to try was SCCM 1710 restart client feature. So far I have used right click tools and it worked well while you wanted to restart remote computers. But now Microsoft has come up with option to identify and restart clients.

So what is this SCCM 1710 Restart Client Feature ?. Using Configuration Manager console, you can now identify client devices that require a restart. Post then you use a client notification action to restart those client devices. The client computer receives restart notification and a notification window opens to inform the user about the restart. By default, the restart occurs after 90 minutes. This can be changed under client settings > computer restart setting.

SCCM 1710 Restart Client Devices Values

When we say SCCM identifies client devices that needs a restart, it shows the following values under Pending Restart column. Let’s see what those values are and what they mean.

ValueMeaning
NoIf you see this value, it means no restart is pending.
Configuration ManagerThis value comes from rebootcoordinator.log file.
Add or Remove FeatureYou see this value when you install/uninstall any role/feature that needs a device reboot.
Windows UpdateThe value is displayed when the client computer is patched and requires a reboot. The value comes from Windows Update Agent that reports a reboot required.
File renameThis value comes from Windows reporting a pending file rename operation.

SCCM 1710 Restart Client Feature

We will now test SCCM 1710 restart client feature. As mentioned earlier, you can use the Configuration Manager console to identify clients that require a restart. Then use a client notification action to restart them. I have a Windows 10 machine where I have enabled Hyper-v under features. Since we know that enabling hyper-V requires reboot, I have cancelled the restart. So there is a pending restart on Windows 10 VM.

Launch configuration manager console and navigate to Assets and Compliance > Overview > Devices. Right click on column and select Pending Restart.

SCCM 1710 Restart Client FeatureUnder the Pending Restart column, we see some values. These are the values that we discussed in the above table. Notice that Windows 10 device has a pending restart with value Add or Remove Feature.

SCCM 1710 Restart Client FeatureRight click the device and click Client Notification. Click Restart to send restart notification to client computer.

SCCM 1710 Restart Client FeatureClick OK to continue.

SCCM 1710 Restart Client FeatureOn the client computer you see a notification box. There are 2 options, Restart and Hide.

SCCM 1710 Restart Client FeatureReview rebootcoordinator log file. This log file provides information about the process for coordinating system restarts on client computers after software update installations. Notice the last line of log file. Notified UI grace period start with 2700 grace seconds and 600 final seconds. These values are the ones that we have defined under client settings > computer restart settings.

SCCM 1710 Restart Client FeatureSome of other log files that you can review are CcmNotificationAgent.log, BgbServer.log and
bgbmgr.log.