How to configure client settings in System Center Configuration Manager

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

You manage all client settings in System Center Configuration Manager from Administration > Client Settings. Modify the default settings when you want to configure settings for all users and devices in the hierarchy that do not have any custom settings applied. If you want to apply different settings to just some users or devices, create custom settings and deploy to collections.

For information about each client setting, see About client settings in System Center Configuration Manager.

Note

You can also use configuration items to manage clients to assess, track, and remediate the configuration compliance of devices. For more information, see Ensure device compliance with System Center Configuration Manager.

Configure the default client settings

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, choose Administration > Client Settings > Default Client Settings.

  2. On the Home tab, choose Properties.

  3. View and configure the client settings for each group of settings in the navigation pane.

    Client computers will be configured with these settings when they next download client policy. To initiate policy retrieval for a single client, see Initiate Policy Retrieval for a Configuration Manager Client in How to manage clients in System Center Configuration Manager.

Create and deploy custom client settings

When you deploy these custom settings, they override the default client settings. Before you begin this procedure, ensure that you have a collection that contains the users or devices that require these custom client settings.

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, choose Administration > Client Settings.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Create group, choose Create Custom Client Settings, and then choose either:

    • Create Custom Client Device Settings

    • Create Custom Client User Settings

  3. Specify a unique name and option description.

  4. Select one or more of the check boxes that display a group of settings.

  5. Choose each group of settings from the navigation pane, and configure the available settings, then click OK.

  6. Select the custom client setting that you created. On the Home tab, in the Client Settings group, choose Deploy.

  7. In the Select Collection dialog box, select the appropriate collection, and then choose OK. You can verify the selected collection if you click the Deployments tab in the details pane.

  8. View the order of the custom client setting that you created. When you have multiple custom client settings, they are applied according to their order number. If there are any conflicts, the setting that has the lowest order number overrides the other settings. To change the order number, on the Home tab, in the Client Settings group, choose Move Item Up or Move Item Down.

    Client computers will be configured with these settings when they next download client policy. To initiate policy retrieval for a single client, see Initiate Policy Retrieval for a Configuration Manager Client in How to manage clients in System Center Configuration Manager.

View client settings

When you deploy multiple client settings to the same device, user, or user group, the prioritization and combination of settings is complex. To view the client settings:

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, choose Assets and Compliance > Devices > Users or User Collections.

  2. Select a device, user, or user group and in the Client Settings group, select Resultant Client Settings.

  3. Select a client setting from the left pane, and the settings are displayed. In this view, the settings are read-only.

    Note

    To view the client settings, you must have read access to Client Settings.