Getting Started

Advanced Insights Inventory Extensions

Several features of Advanced 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. 1.
    Navigate to the Administration > Settings page
  2. 2.
    Select the Advanced Insights Inventory Extensions tab
  3. 3.
    Select whether to collect Microsoft Update Compliance Data see here for more information
  4. 4.
    Click Update Hardware Inventory via Advanced Insights
Advanced Insights Inventory Extensions

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.
For manual import of Inventory Extension Classes into Hardware Inventory
  1. 1.
    Download AdvancedInsights_SMS_DEF.mof
  2. 2.
    In the ConfigMgr Console, navigate to Administration > Client Settings > Default Client Settings > Hardware Inventory > Set Classes...
  3. 3.
    From this page click Import... and select the AdvancedInsights_SMS_DEF.mof
  4. 4.
    Tick/untick the imported Inventory Classes as required
Inventory Classes displayed In Hardware Inventory Client Settings

💿 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
ConfigMgr package "PMPC Data Collection (LEGACY)" to remove
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)
Advanced Insights Inventory Extensions app in the PMPC Publisher
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).
Choose "Selective sync" to publish the MSI quickly to ConfigMgr
3. On the Sync Schedule tab, click Run Publishing Service Sync.
Publisher Sync
4. Verify the Inventory Extensions x.x.x.x (MSI-x64) application was created and deploy it to your desired collection(s).
Inventory Extensions app created successfully
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.

To deploy the Advanced Insights Inventory Extensions manually

Download the InventoryExtensions.msi and manually create an application to deploy to your clients

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