What are the benefits of using the Microsoft SCCM Connector for Snow if the Snow agent is already on the computers in SCCM?
That's a good question that interests me too.
Hi Tim, Kai,
That's indeed a very good question. To answer your question, there is no benefit to use SCCM if all machines are deployed with a Snow Agent! Nowadays with Cloud Application Metering functionality in the Snow Agent, the gap with SCCM increased even more. We have been in situations where customers have a "SCCM unless" policy and the only option would be to connect to SCCM. Mostly when the application usage questions becomes a hot item, these customers switch to the Snow Agent.
A reason for having both is when you're in a transition from SCCM to the Snow Agent, we then often use collection ID's in the SCCM connector to only retrieve machines that don't have a local Snow Agent installed. The more Snow Agents are deployed, the less machines will be imported from SCCM. This results in an optimal coverage in SLM during the transition.
Hope this helps.
thank you for your good description!
So is the SCCM Connector responsible for inventorying devices where no Snow Agent is installed?
How does Snow behave when matching the two data sources on one device? Does Snow always take the source with the most/best information?
Thanks for your help and best regardsMathias
SCCM is indeed an inventory connector that delivers inventory data for machines including software installed.
The data from multiple sources is merged so it takes both, especially when Snow Inventory 5 is used. However, the site name used in both the connector and the Snow Agents should be exactly the same, otherwise it would create duplicates in SLM.
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