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How to Extend Hardware Inventory Using MIF Files

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

The IDMIF and NOIDMIF collection can be used to extend Configuration Manager 2007 client inventory information reported by clients. NOIDMIF files extend the hardware inventory information for existing Configuration Manager 2007 clients. IDMIF files are used to add information to the site database for devices and objects that are not Configuration Manager 2007 clients.

ImportantImportant
Configuration Manager 2007 creates new tables or modifies existing tables in the site database to accommodate the properties in IDMIF and NOIDMIF files. However, IDMIF and NOIDMIF files are not validated, so they could be used to alter tables that you do not want altered. Valid data could be overwritten by invalid data. Large amounts of data could be loaded, causing delays in all Configuration Manager 2007 functions. To mitigate this risk, you should enable IDMIF and NOIDMIF collection only when needed.

Using NOIDMIF Files to Extend Hardware Inventory

NOIDMIF files are used to add additional data to information stored in the site database for Configuration Manager 2007 clients during hardware inventory.

To extend hardware inventory collected from clients using a NOIDMIF file

  1. Using a text editor such as Notepad.exe, create a NOIDMIF file containing the data that will be added to the client hardware inventory information reported during hardware inventory, and save it with a .MIF file name extension.

  2. Place the NOIDMIF file in the %Windir%\System32\CCM\inventory\noidmifs directory on a Configuration Manager 2007 client.

  3. When the client performs its next scheduled hardware inventory, the information stored in the NOIDMIF file will be added to the client inventory report sent to the site server for processing.

Using IDMIF Files to Extend Hardware Inventory

IDMIF files are used to add nonclient information to the site database during client hardware inventory.

ImportantImportant
Because IDMIF files are not associated with a Configuration Manager 2007 client, they are collected by the hardware inventory client agent and sent to the site server along with the client hardware inventory report. Depending on the maximum custom MIF size specified for the site, IDMIF collection may cause increased network bandwidth usage during client inventories and should be planned for before enabling IDMIF file collection.

To extend hardware inventory collected from clients using an IDMIF file

  1. Using a text editor such as Notepad.exe, create an IDMIF file containing the data that will be added to the site database during hardware inventory, and save it with a .MIF file name extension.

  2. Place the IDMIF file in the %Windir%\System32\CCM\inventory\idmifs directory on a Configuration Manager 2007 client.

  3. When the client performs its next scheduled hardware inventory, the IDMIF file will be copied, and the copy will be sent to the site server's inventory processing inbox for processing.

See Also

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
To contact the documentation team, email SMSdocs@microsoft.com.
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