SCCM discovery methods

Once you finish your SCCM installment, you unquestionably need to begin dealing with certain frameworks. The successful method to include them in SCCM is to configure the SCCM discovery techniques. Configuration Manager discovery methods discover various gadgets on your organization, gadgets and clients from Active Directory, or clients from Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). This article will clarify the different discovery strategies and will depict how to arrange it.

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What are SCCM Discovery Methods?

SCCM is required to find gadgets before it can handle them. It's not compulsory to find PCs, on the off chance that you physically install the customer, it will show up in the console and it tends to be executed properly. The issue is that on the off chance that you have a thousand PCs, it tends to be a particular interaction. By utilizing Active Directory System Discovery, every one of your PCs will appear in the console, from that point you can decide to install the customer utilizing different SCCM techniques. Obviously in the event that you require data about your client and gatherings, you have to design User and Group discovery, it's the best way to acquire this data SCCM. 

Why SCCM discovery methods?

The discovery recognizes PC and client assets that you can handle utilizing Configuration Manager. It can likewise find the organization framework in your environment. Discovery makes a discovery data record (DDR) for each found item and stores this data in the SCCM data set. At the point when a resource is found the data about the asset is placed in a document that is alluded to as a DDR. DDRs are handled by site servers and get into the SCCM database. From that point they are repeated by database replication with all destinations.

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Types of SCCM Discovery Methods

There are six types of Discovery Methods that can be arranged. Every one focuses on a particular item type (Computers, Groups, Users, Active Directory) : 

1. Active Directory System Discovery

Finds PCs in your association from indicated areas in Active Directory. To push the SCCM customer to the PCs, the resources should be found first. You can indicate to find just PCs which have signed on to the area in a given timeframe. This choice is valuable to avoid old PC accounts from Active Directory. You likewise have the choice to get custom Active Directory Attributes. This is helpful if your association stores custom data in AD.

  • Open the SCCM Console
  • Go to Administration / Hierarchy Configuration / Discovery Methods
  • Right-Click Active Directory System Discovery and choose Properties

Active directory system discovery

  • You can enable the method by analysing Enable Active Directory System Discovery on the General tab.
  • Click the Star icon shown and choose the Active Directory container which you need to incorporate in the discovery process.

Active directory system discovery properties

  • Choose the frequency on which you require the discovery to occur on the Poling Schedule tab.
  • A 7 day cycle with a 5 minutes delta interval is usually applicable in most conditions.

polling schedule

  • You can choose custom ascribes to incorporate during discovery on the Active Directory Attribute tab. 
  • This is helpful on the off chance that you have custom information in the Active Directory that you need to use in SCCM. 

active directory attributes

  • You can choose to find just records which have logged or refreshed their passwords since a particular number of days, on the Options tab. 
  • This is valuable if your Active Directory isn't perfect. Utilize this to find great records.

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2. SCCM Active Directory Group Discovery

Discovers groups from indicated areas in Active Directory. The discovery cycle finds local, worldwide or general security gatherings. At the point when you arrange the Group discovery you have the alternative to find the participation of distribution teams. With the Active Directory Group Discovery you can likewise find the PCs that have signed in to the space in a given timeframe. When found, you can utilize data for example, to make organization dependent on Active Directory groups. Be cautious while arranging this strategy : If you find a group that includes a PC object that isn't found in Active Directory System Discovery, the PC will be found. On the off chance that automatic customer push is empowered, this could prompt undesirable customers PCs. 

To find resources utilising this methods :

  • Open the SCCM Console
  • Go to Hierarchy Configuration /Administration / Discovery Methods
  • Right-Click Active Directory Group Discovery and choose Properties.

Active directory group discovery

  • You can enable the method by analysing Enable Active Directory Group Discovery on the General tab.
  • Click on the Add button on the bottom to include a particular location or a specific group.
  • If you discover a group which includes a computer object which is NOT discovered in Active Directory System Discovery, the computer would be discovered.


Active Directory group Discovery properties

  • Choose the frequency on which you require the discovery to occur on the Poling Schedule tab.
  • A 7 day cycle with a 5 minutes delta interval is usually applicable in most conditions.

Active Directory group Discovery properties polling schedule

  • You can choose to find just records which have logged or refreshed their passwords since a particular number of days, on the Options tab. 
  • This is valuable if your Active Directory isn't perfect. Utilize this to find great records.

Active Directory group Discovery properties options

3. Configuration Manager Active Directory User Discovery

Discovery process finds client accounts from determined areas in Active Directory. You additionally have the choice to bring custom Active Directory Attributes. This is valuable if your association stores custom data in AD about your clients. When found, you can utilize group data for instance to make client based arrangements. 

To find resources using this methods :

  • Open the SCCM Console
  • Go to Administration / Hierarchy Configuration / Discovery Methods
  • Right-Click Active Directory User Discovery and Choose Properties

Configuration Manager Active Directory User Discovery

  • You can enable the method by analysing Enable Active Directory User Discovery on the General tab.
  • Select the Star icon and choose the Active Directory container which you need to include in the discovery process.


user discovery properties

  • Choose the frequency on which you require the discovery to occur on the Poling Schedule tab.
  • A 7 day cycle with a 5 minutes delta interval is usually applicable in most conditions.

Active Directory User Discovery properties polling schedule

  • You can choose custom attributes to incorporate during discovery on the Active Directory Attribute tab.
  • It is useful if you have custom data in Active Directory which you need to utilise in SCCM.

SCCCM Active Directory User Discovery
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4. Active Directory Forest Discovery

Finds Active Directory subnets and sites, and makes Configuration Manager limits for each site and subnet from the forests that have been arranged for revelation. Utilizing this discovery strategy you can naturally make the Active Directory or IP subnet limits which are inside the discovered Active Directory Forests. It is valuable in the event that you have various AD Site and Subnet, rather than making them manually, utilize this technique to do the work for you. 

To find assets utilizing this methods :

  • Open the SCCM Console
  • Go to Administration / Hierarchy Configuration / Discovery Methods
  • Right-Click Active Directory Forest Discovery and select PropertiesActive Directory Forest Discovery

  • You can enable the method by analysing Enable Active Directory Forest Discovery on the General tab.
  • Choose the required options

Active Directory Forest Discovery properties

5. Heartbeat Discovery

HeartBeat Discovery operates on each customer and to refresh their discovery records in the database. The records (Discovery Data Records) are shipped off the Management Point in a determined span of time. Heartbeat Discovery can drive disclosure of a PC as another resource record, or could also repopulate the information record of a PC which was erased from the database. 

HeartBeat Discovery is empowered and planned to execute each 7 days. To find resources utilizing this strategies : 

  • Open the SCCM Console
  • Move to Hierarchy Configuration /  Administration / Discovery Methods
  • Right click the Heartbeat Discovery and choose Properties

Heartbeat Discovery

  • You can enable the technique by analysing Enable Heartbeat Discovery on the General tab.
  • Ensure that this setting is empowered and that the timetable operates less much of the time than the Clear Install Flag maintenance task.

Active Directory Forest Discovery properties

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6. Network Discovery

The Network Discovery scans your network framework for network gadgets which includes an IP address. It can look through the spaces, SNMP tools and DHCP servers to discover the resources. It likewise finds gadgets that probably won't be located by other discovery strategies. This incorporates printers, bridges, and routers. 

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 Conclusion

Configuration Manager utilizes an assortment of discovery strategies to assemble resource data and every one of the discovery techniques accumulates data about various items. You ought to comprehend its accessible configurations and restrictions to proficiently utilize a discovery technique. Hope this article assists you in understanding more about SCCM discovery methods.

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