SCCM – Desktop Analytics is now available in public preview

As you may be aware, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch has been providing insights about your devices using Windows Analytics, helping you in the upgrade process from previous version of Windows to Windows 10.

Well, Windows Analytics is now evolving into Desktop Analytics to provide more recommendations and better application compatibility.

To start using Desktop Analytics you must be running SCCM Current Branch 1902 or later, have an existing Azure Log Analytics workspace and any of the following licenses:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5
  • Microsoft 365 F1, E3 or E5
  • Windows 10 Education A3 or A5
  • Microsoft 365 A3 or A5
  • Windows VDA E3 or E5

In addition, your devices must be running:

Enable Desktop Analytics

Connect to your Device Management portal (https://devicemanagement.microsoft.com) and search for Desktop Analytics

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You may be asked for an invitation code; if this is the case use DesktopAnalyticsRocks!

Then just follow the web wizard to accept the license terms, confirm few details.

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NOTE you will need to select the Log Analytics to use and then click on Set as Desktop Analytics Workspace and grant permissions to the service

Once the process is completed, you are ready to go and will get your Commercial ID to use for Desktop Analytics.

Then you can go back to your SCCM console and try again to create the Azure App

Once the Azure App has been created and/or selected, you will be requested to fill the Commercial ID you got from your Desktop Analytics portal and then define the level of reporting.

NOTE you will need to select the Log Analytics to use and then click on Set as Desktop Analytics Workspace and grant permissions to the service

Once the process is completed, you are ready to go and will get your Commercial ID to use for Desktop Analytics.

Once the Azure App has been created and/or selected, you will be requested to fill the Commercial ID you got from your Desktop Analytics portal and then define the level of reporting.

 

SCCM Configuration

Then you can start configuring SCCM to deliver Desktop Analytics. Logon using the SCCM Administration console and reach out the Administration workspace to access the Cloud Services\Azure Services

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Then click on Configure Azure Services

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Select the Desktop Analytics service

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Then you need to had an Azure Application by clicking the Browse button and logon with an Azure administrator account

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From there you can either get the wizard create the application for you or use an existing one. For the purpose of this post, I’ m creating a new app

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If you get the below error message, you have either not have successfully completed the Desktop Analytics portal setup or don’t have the required permissions (company administrator account)

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And finally select the SCCM device collection to target for Desktop Analytics

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Then you can also push the Commercial ID using the SCCM Client Settings

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From there you need to be a little bit patient (it may take up to 72 hours) to get SCCM pushing the data to the portal.

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