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SCCM Discovery Methods


While I was writing for one of the presentations , thought of sharing  this with you .

SCCM Discovery Methods :

•Forest Discovery
•System Discovery
•User Discovery
•Group Discovery
•Network Discovery
•Heartbeat Discovery
Takeaway : Heartbeat Discovery method is enabled by default in SCCM . Rest All Other are Disabled .
•Forest Discovery
•This Discovery Method is Used to Discover Forests in SCCM . This Method was Not available in SCCM 2007 .
•Forest Discovery can be used to Discover all the forests with in the Organization’s Environment .
•As a result of Forest Discovery , a Single Primary Site can be used to Manage Multiple Sites .
•Log File to Trace Issues Related to SCCM Forest Discovery :
ADForestDisc.log
Forest Discovery
•System Discovery
•In order to get System Data from Active Directory to SCCM , System Discovery Method has to be enabled . Once enabled system data from Active Directory to SCCM Starts to flow .
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•System Discovery is disabled by Default for a Fresh SCCM Installation .
•Log file to Trace Issues related to System Discovery : adsysdis.log
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•SCCM User Discovery and System Discovery.
•Both the Discovery Methods are Disable by Default .
•Log Files to trace issues related to User and Group Discovery are :
•Adusrdis and adsgdis Respectively .
•Heart Beat Discovery
•This is the only Discovery Method that is Enabled by default when we Install SCCM Afresh .
•The Purpose of Heart Beat Discovery is to make Modifications to Already Identified Objects .
•Heart Beat Discovery modifies DDR’s
•A DDR is a data Discovery Record .

As we All Know that SCCM has Various Methods of Discovering Users , systems , Groups , Forest ( Something new in SCCM 2012 ) . Today we will take up SCCM User Discovery .

An In depth Insight :

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Let us have a look at the SCCM User Collections . Clearly in Fig 1 , we can see that there is No user in the User Collection .

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At the same time if we have a look at the logs Folder , We may see that there is No log which corresponds to User Discovery in SCCM . Fig 2 

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As we move onto the Discovery Methods we find out that User Discovery has been Disabled in SCCM . Fig 3 

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Now , Just Double Click the User Discovery Method and Enable it , Giving the Proper Container for it as shown in Fig 4 and Fig 5

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Once this is done Click on Ok. 

Right Click on the User Discovery and Click Run Full Discovery . Fig 6

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Click yes .

Now , Go to the Logs folder and you will see Adusrdis log being shown up there . Fig 7

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Now , Open this log with the help of CM Trace Tool ( In case you have not installed it , Go to the   SCCM Install Directory > Tools > CMTrace ) . The very First thing that you  will see is User Discovery Component Setting was set to Active in the SCCM Control File . This is very Important thing to note . For any discovery to work it has to be active in the Control file . Fig 8

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Once you see this , SCCM keeps on discovering Users and keeps creating DDR’s for them . Fig 9 and Fig 10 

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Finally , You can see the user Information being populated in the SCCM  Console :

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