Windows Intune now offers a number of improvements on reporting around hardware inventory. Previously, Windows Intune had the ability to collect and display comprehensive hardware information about your managed PCs, but only on a PC-by PC basis. Now with the addition of the hardware reporting area, you can produce a variety of hardware reports, save your reports parameters, and of course export the results for further analysis and review. Here, we will describe the steps you need to perform to get the most from the Windows Intune hardware reports.
Once you have deployed your Windows Intune client to a number of PCs and they have fully reported their inventory (this can take a few hours), you are ready to run hardware reports. Log into the administrator console, and click on the “Reports” link on the left hand navigation bar. This will take you to the Reports Workspace.
From this screen, you can select the type of reports you’d like to run. When you click on “Hardware Inventory Reports” you see the following screen:
Here, you can do a number of things:
- Select the group of computers you want to report on. The groups are created and managed in the “Computers” tab, and when you add PCs to your account, you can add them to the desired groups.
- Specify hardware criteria to filter on when generating the report. (The lists you can choose from are based on what is found in your inventory):
- Operating system
- Manufacturer (e.g., Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc.).
- Chassis type
- Available Disk space
- Physical memory
- CPU speed
For example, if you are investigating what would be required to move all your PCs to Windows 7, you might select hardware criteria that will produce a list of PCs that fail to meet the minimum hardware requirements for the Windows 7 operating system, and that have an older version of the operating system. This would help you understand what hardware upgrades may be necessary to complete the move to Windows 7.
Once you have chosen your parameters, you can save your custom report by selecting one of the options in the upper right corner. You can also open a previously saved report. Remember that when you save a report, it is only available to you. Other users of your Windows Intune account must create and save their own report criteria.
Finally, you can run the report and view the results:
The criteria you selected when generating the report are included, and you can sort the report results by clicking on each column header. You also select one or more rows in the report (by clicking, shift-clicking or control-clicking) and copy those rows (right-click your selection and select ‘copy’) so you can pasted them in another application. Last but not least, your report can be printed, or exported into CSV or HTML format, for further review, storing offline, or as an input for another system.
This demonstrates many of the improvements around hardware reporting that have been introduced into Windows Intune, and we hope these features will help you manage your PCs more effectively!