SCCM Current Branch – Enabling Discovery Methods

After a successful installation of SCCM, one of the post-installation tasks is to enable the Discovery Methods.

The Discovery Methods will allow SCCM to discover  the several Active Directory sites, subnets, users, groups and computers that are stored in your AD.

For more information about the several discovery methods, please read the following article on Technet: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/servers/deploy/configure/about-discovery-methods

 

So let’s start with it!

Open the SCCM Management Console and navigate to “Administration” – “Hierarchy Configuration” – “Discovery Methods”, as shown below.

SCCM Discovery Methods

 

As you can see from the picture above, all methods are disabled by default, except for the “Heartbeat Discovery”. In this article I am going to enable and configure all the rest of them, but in a real-life environment you might not need to enable all of the available Discovery Methods. For planning on which methods to use, please refer to this article on Technet: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg712308.aspx

 

Active Directory Forest Discovery

Now, let’s start with the first one, which is “Active Directory Forest Discovery”. Select and right-click the “Active Directory Forest Discovery” method and choose “Properties”.

SCCM Discovery Methods

 

Tick the checkbox “Enable Active Directory Forest Discovery” and select the two other options:

  • “Automatically create Active Directory site boundaries when they are discovered”
  • “Automatically create IP addresses range boundaries for IP subnets when they are discovered”.

Leave the schedule as default and press “OK”.

SCCM Discovery Methods

 

Press “Yes” to run a full discovery as soon as possible.

SCCM Discovery Methods

 

Active Directory Group Discovery

Right-click the “Active Directory Group Discovery” and select “Properties”.

SCCM AD Group DIscovery

 

Now, go ahead and check “Enable Active Directory Group Discovery” (1). Press the “Add” button (2) and select “Location…”. We are now going to select where we wanto to search for the AD Groups.

SCCM AD Group DIscovery

 

Click on “Browse”

SCCM AD Group DIscovery

 

Select the top of your AD and press “OK”.

SCCM AD Group DIscovery

 

Give it a name and press “OK”.

SCCM AD Group DIscovery

 

You will notice, in the “Discovery scopes” section, that a new scope is now showing. Leave the on the “Polling Schedule” tab as default  and press the “Options” tab.

SCCM AD Group DIscovery

 

Select the three options available. These will allow us to have a cleaner system with more accurate information about what systems are “alive”. Press “OK”.

SCCM AD Group DIscovery

 

Press “Yes” and setting-up AD Group Discovery is completed.

SCCM AD Group DIscovery

 

Active Directory System Discovery

To set-up “Active Directory System Discovery”, the process is very similar to the one described above.

Right-click “Active Directory System Discovery” and press “Properties”.

SCCM AD System DIscovery

 

Check the “Enable Active Directory System Discovery” and press the “star” button bellow.

SCCM AD System DIscovery

 

Press the “Browse” button.

SCCM AD System DIscovery

 

Select the top node of your AD and press “OK”.

SCCM AD System DIscovery

 

Press “OK” again.

SCCM AD System DIscovery

 

It should look like the image below. Press the “Options” tab. Leave all others as default.

SCCM AD System DIscovery

 

On the “Options” tab, select both options and press “OK”.

SCCM AD System DIscovery

 

Press “Yes” and we’re done!

SCCM Discovery Methods

 

Active Directory User Discovery

As before, right-click on the “Active Directory User Discovery” method and select “Properties”.

SCCM AD User Discovery

Check the “Enable Active Directory User Discovery” option and press the “star” button below it.

SCCM AD User Discovery

 

Press the “Browse” button.

SCCM AD User Discovery

 

Select the top node of your AD and press “OK”.

SCCM AD User DIscovery

 

Press “OK”.

SCCM AD User DIscovery

 

A new container is now in the container list. Press “OK”.

SCCM AD User Discovery

 

Press “Yes”.

SCCM AD User DIscovery

 

Network Discovery

I will not enable this method because it will discover every device on the network that has an IP address configured and I really don’t want that.

That being said, our discovery methods are all set-up!

 

Verification

Browse to the “Asset and Compliance” section of the SCCM console and you should see that the AD groups, users and computers are being discovered and SCCM is being populated.

SCCM Discovery Methods

 

This concludes our post. I hope it’s been useful.

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