I was going to do a blog posting talking about how to troubleshoot issues with the new monitoring feature available in MDT 2012 for Lite Touch deployments, but then I realized I’ve not yet done an initial post talking about the feature (although I did mention it in a previous blog posting talking about DaRT integration). So I guess I need to start with more of an overview.
Over the years, there have been requests for a way to see what deployments are presently in progress. Way back when, we had a MOM management pack that tried to do this, but there were numerous challenges with that so we ended up removing it – we needed something much simpler. So with MDT 2012, we implemented something simpler to monitor Lite Touch deployments. To enable this, just check one box in the deployment share properties:
When you do this, two things happen:
That’s all there is to it. Once you do that, you should be able to track all subsequent deployments via the “Monitoring” node in Deployment Workbench:
If you look at the properties of any of the computers being monitored, you can see the details:
You’ll notice that the display automatically updates every 10 seconds, so you can watch the computer progress. Also, there are three possible buttons (two of which are shown below):
A few other details:
That’s the quick overview.