When hardware or software inventory information is collected from Configuration Manager clients, it can be viewed using Resource Explorer. When Resource Explorer is started, a new MMC console opens that displays the information collected from clients by hardware inventory and software inventory. The contents of the Resource Explorer results pane vary based on what node selected in the console tree. Resource Explorer can be used to view client hardware, hardware history, and software inventory information.

If a resource is a Configuration Manager client, and if you are collecting hardware inventory at your site, the information displayed for that resource includes a list of the hardware installed on the client and similar details. If you are collecting software inventory, the information displayed also includes a list of installed software. If a resource is not a Configuration Manager client, no inventory is collected, so there will be no information about that resource in Resource Explorer.

For easier readability of inventory items with many properties, right-click the item in the results pane, and then click Properties to display details about the item in a new dialog box.

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