Advanced Insights Inventory Extensions

Several features of Advanced Insights (this is not relevant for Patch Insights) require the deployment of our Inventory Extensions. This process adds additional reports and functionality to Configuration Manager.

To setup the Inventory Extensions, there are two actions to complete:

⚙ Extend ConfigMgr's Hardware Inventory Schema

  1. Navigate to the Administration > Settings page

  2. Select the Advanced Insights Inventory Extensions tab

  3. Select whether to collect Microsoft Update Compliance Data see here for more information

  4. Click Update Hardware Inventory via Advanced Insights

Manual Steps to Extend Hardware Inventory Schema

Seeing this message suggests you need to configure Configuration Manager Permissions. We recommend configuring permissions instead of proceeding with a manual install.

  1. Download AdvancedInsights_SMS_DEF.mof

  2. In the ConfigMgr Console, navigate to Administration > Client Settings > Default Client Settings > Hardware Inventory > Set Classes...

  3. From this page click Import... and select the AdvancedInsights_SMS_DEF.mof

  4. Tick/untick the imported Inventory Classes as required

💿 Deploy the Inventory Extensions MSI to clients

If you have previously deployed the "PMPC Data Collection" PowerShell Package, please ensure you delete its deployment before deploying the new InventoryExtensions.msi

After removing the deployment for the legacy PMPC Data Collection package, the InventoryExtensions.msi must be installed on clients you wish to collect inventory data from.

Client-Side Requirements for the Inventory Extensions MSI

  • Windows 10/11, Windows Server 2012 - 2022 (64-bit)

  • .NET Framework 4.8

To deploy the Advanced Insights Inventory Extensions from the Patch My PC Publisher

You can deploy the Inventory Extensions product via Patch My PC Publishing Service

1. Open the Patch My PC Publisher, navigate to the ConfigMgr/Intune Apps tab and select Patch My PC > Advanced Insights Inventory Extensions (MSI-x64)

2. To quickly sync this app to ConfigMgr/Intune without having to wait for all other selected apps and updates in the Publisher to evaluate and process, right click the Advanced Insights Inventory Extensions (MSI-x64) app and select Publish this product during the next manual sync. (Selective sync).

3. On the Sync Schedule tab, click Run Publishing Service Sync.

4. Verify the Inventory Extensions x.x.x.x (MSI-x64) application was created and deploy it to your desired collection(s).

We also recommend that you enable the Advanced Insights Inventory Extensions (MSI-x64) WSUS/Intune UPDATE to ensure your clients receive newer versions of the Inventory Extensions as they are released.

The Advanced Insights Inventory Extensions will add approximately 0.5 MB per-client to the Configuration Manager database.

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