You set the Hardware Inventory Client Agent settings, in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, by modifying the necessary site control file settings.

To modify the Hardware Inventory Client Agent settings

  1. Set up a connection to the SMS Provider.

  2. Make a connection to the Hardware Inventory Client Agent section of the site control file by using the SMS_SCI_ClientComp class.

  3. Loop through the array of available properties, making changes as needed.

  4. Commit the changes to the site control file.

Example

The following example sets the Hardware Inventory Client Agent settings by using the SMS_SCI_ClientComp class to connect to the site control file and change properties.

For information about calling the sample code, see Calling Configuration Manager Code Snippets.

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Sub ConfigureHardwareInventoryClientAgentSettings(swbemServices, 	_
												swbemContext, 	 _
												siteCode, 		 _
												newInventorySchedule, _
												newMIFSize, 	 _ 
												newMIFCollection)

	' Load site control file and get the SMS Software Update Point system resource section.
	swbemServices.ExecMethod "SMS_SiteControlFile.Filetype=1,Sitecode=""" & siteCode & """", "Refresh", , , swbemContext
	
	Query = "SELECT * FROM SMS_SCI_ClientComp " & _
	"WHERE ClientComponentName = 'Hardware Inventory Agent' " & _
	"AND SiteCode = '" & siteCode & "'"	
		
	Set SCIComponentSet = swbemServices.ExecQuery(Query, ,wbemFlagForwardOnly Or wbemFlagReturnImmediately, swbemContext)
					 
	' Only one instance is returned from the query.
	For Each SCIComponent In SCIComponentSet
 
		' Set the client agent by setting the Flags value to 0 or 1 using the enableDisableClientAgent variable.
		wscript.echo " "
		wscript.echo "Hardware Inventory Agent"
		wscript.echo "Current value " &  SCIComponent.Flags
	
		' Modify the value.			
		SCIComponent.Flags = enableDisableClientAgent
		wscript.echo "New value " & enableDisableClientAgent

		'Loop through the array of embedded SMS_EmbeddedProperty instances.
		For Each vProperty In SCIComponent.Props
		
			' Setting: Inventory Schedule
			If vProperty.PropertyName = "Inventory Schedule" Then
				wscript.echo " "
				wscript.echo vProperty.PropertyName
				wscript.echo "Current value " &  vProperty.Value2			 
			
				'Modify the value.
				vProperty.Value2 = newInventorySchedule
				wscript.echo "New value " & newInventorySchedule
			End If
		
			' Setting: Maximum 3rd Party MIF Size
			If vProperty.PropertyName = "Maximum 3rd Party MIF Size" Then
				wscript.echo " "
				wscript.echo vProperty.PropertyName
				wscript.echo "Current value " &  vProperty.Value			 
			
				' Modify the value.
				vProperty.Value = newMIFSize
				wscript.echo "New value " & newMIFSize
			End If
		
			' Setting: MIF Collection
			If vProperty.PropertyName = "MIF Collection" Then
				wscript.echo " "
				wscript.echo vProperty.PropertyName
				wscript.echo "Current value " &  vProperty.Value			 
			
				' Modify the value.
				vProperty.Value = newMIFCollection
				wscript.echo "New value " & newMIFCollection
			End If
			 
		Next   
 
		' Update the component in your copy of the site control file. Get the path
		'to the updated object, which could be used later to retrieve the instance.
		Set SCICompPath = SCIComponent.Put_(wbemChangeFlagUpdateOnly, swbemContext)
	
	Next
					
	' Commit the change to the actual site control file.
	Set InParams = swbemServices.Get("SMS_SiteControlFile").Methods_("CommitSCF").InParameters.SpawnInstance_
	InParams.SiteCode = siteCode
	swbemServices.ExecMethod "SMS_SiteControlFile", "CommitSCF", InParams, , swbemContext

End Sub
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public void ConfigureHardwareInventoryClientAgentSettings(WqlConnectionManager connection,
													string siteCode,
													string enableDisableClientAgent,
													string newInventorySchedule,
													string newMIFSize,
													string newMIFCollection)
{
	try
	{
		IResultObject siteDefinition = connection.GetInstance(@"SMS_SCI_ClientComp.FileType=1,ItemType='Client Component',SiteCode='" + siteCode + "',ItemName='Hardware Inventory Agent'");

		// Setting: Enable Client Agent
		// Enable or disable the client agent by setting the Flags value to 0 or 1 using the enableDisableClientAgent variable. 
		Console.WriteLine();
		Console.WriteLine("Hardware Inventory Client Agent");
		Console.WriteLine("Current value: " + siteDefinition["Flags"].StringValue);

		// Change value using the enableDisableClientAgent value passed in. 
		siteDefinition["Flags"].StringValue = enableDisableClientAgent;
		Console.WriteLine("New value	: " + enableDisableClientAgent);

		foreach (KeyValuePair<string, IResultObject> kvp in siteDefinition.EmbeddedProperties)
		{
			// Create temporary working copy of embedded properties.
			Dictionary<string, IResultObject> embeddedProperties = siteDefinition.EmbeddedProperties;

			// Setting: Inventory Schedule
			if (kvp.Value.PropertyList["PropertyName"] == "Inventory Schedule")
			{
				Console.WriteLine();
				Console.WriteLine(kvp.Value.PropertyList["PropertyName"]);
				Console.WriteLine("Current value: " + kvp.Value.PropertyList["PropertyName"]);

				// Change value using the newInventorySchedule value passed in. 
				embeddedProperties["Inventory Schedule"]["Value2"].StringValue = newInventorySchedule;
				Console.WriteLine("New value	: " + newInventorySchedule);
		}

			// Setting: Maximum 3rd Party MIF Size
			if (kvp.Value.PropertyList["PropertyName"] == "Maximum 3rd Party MIF Size")
			{
				Console.WriteLine();
				Console.WriteLine(kvp.Value.PropertyList["PropertyName"]);
				Console.WriteLine("Current value: " + kvp.Value.PropertyList["PropertyName"]);

				// Change value using the newMIFSize value passed in. 
				embeddedProperties["Maximum 3rd Party MIF Size"]["Value"].StringValue = newMIFSize;
				Console.WriteLine("New value	: " + newMIFSize);
		}

			// Setting: MIF Collection
			if (kvp.Value.PropertyList["PropertyName"] == "MIF Collection")
			{
				Console.WriteLine();
				Console.WriteLine(kvp.Value.PropertyList["PropertyName"]);
				Console.WriteLine("Current value: " + kvp.Value.PropertyList["PropertyName"]);

				// Change value using the newMIFCollection value passed in. 
				embeddedProperties["MIF Collection"]["Value"].StringValue = newMIFCollection;
				Console.WriteLine("New value	: " + newMIFCollection);
		}

			// Store the settings that have changed.
			siteDefinition.EmbeddedProperties = embeddedProperties;
	}

		// Save the settings. 
		siteDefinition.Put();

}

	catch (SmsException ex)
	{
		Console.WriteLine("Failed. Error: " + ex.InnerException.Message);
		throw;
}

}

The example method has the following parameters:

Parameter

Type

Description

  • connection

  • swbemServices

  • Managed: WqlConnectionManager

  • VBScript: SWbemServices

A valid connection to the SMS Provider.

swbemContext

  • VBScript: SWbemContext

A valid context object. For more information, see How to Add a Configuration Manager Context Qualifier by Using WMI.

siteCode

  • Managed: String

  • VBScript: String

The site code.

enableDisableClientAgent

  • Managed: String

  • VBScript: String

A value to enable or disable the client agent.

Disabled - 0

Enabled - 1

newInventorySchedule

  • Managed: String

  • VBScript: String

A value to set the inventory schedule.

newMIFSize

  • Managed: String

  • VBScript: String

A value to set the maximum size of the hardware inventory MIF.

Default is 512.

newMIFCollection

  • Managed: String

  • VBScript: String

A value to enable or disable MIF collection.

Collect:

No (MIF) files - 0

NOIDMIF files - 4

IDMIF files - 8

Both NOIDMIF and IDMIF files - 12

Compiling the Code

This C# example requires:

Namespaces

System

System.Collections.Generic

System.Text

Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.ManagementProvider

Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.ManagementProvider.WqlQueryEngine

Assembly

adminui.wqlqueryengine

microsoft.configurationmanagement.managementprovider

Robust Programming

For more information about error handling, see About Configuration Manager Errors.

Security

For more information about securing Configuration Manager applications, see Securing Configuration Manager Applications.

See Also