Introduction to hardware inventory in System Center Configuration Manager

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

Use hardware inventory in System Center Configuration Manager to collect information about the hardware configuration of client devices in your organization. To collect hardware inventory, the Enable hardware inventory on clients setting must be enabled in client settings.

After hardware inventory is enabled and a hardware inventory cycle is run by the client, the client sends the information to a management point in the client's site. The management point then forwards the inventory information to the Configuration Manager site server which stores the inventory information in the site database. Hardware inventory runs on clients according to the schedule that you specify in client settings.

View hardware inventory

You can use several methods to view the hardware inventory data that Configuration Manager collects. These include the following:


For information about how to use hardware inventory with clients that run Linux and UNIX, see Hardware inventory for Linux and UNIX in System Center Configuration Manager.

Extending Configuration Manager hardware inventory

In addition to the built-in hardware inventory in Configuration Manager, you can also use one of the following methods to extend hardware inventory to collect additional information:

  • You can enable, disable, add and remove inventory classes for hardware inventory from the Configuration Manager console.
  • Use NOIDMIF files to collect information about client devices that cannot be inventoried by Configuration Manager. For example, you might want to collect device asset number information that exists only as a label on the device. NOIDMIF inventory is automatically associated with the client device that it was collected from.
  • Use IDMIF files to collect information about assets that are not associated with a Configuration Manager client, for example, projectors, photocopiers and network printers.

Next steps

For more information about using these methods to extend Configuration Manager hardware inventory, see How to configure hardware inventory in System Center Configuration Manager.