CMWT Client Tools are a set of Javascript-based features which enable invoking local services in order to connect to, and manage remote clients.  This is much like the infamous “right-click Tools” for the SCCM Console.  The features provided in CMWT at this point are not as robust as the one mentioned, but that may change (as always – it all depends on user feedback).

The caveat for this feature is that it requires using Internet Explorer, rather than Google Chrome, or Firefox.  I have not tested this with Edge yet, as my site server is still on Windows Server 2012 R2.

The reason for this is in how IE handles clientside scripting and security controls.  So, to enable this in IE, you need to follow the instructions in the provided CMWT Installation Guide, but I will cover this process in this blog post as well.

  1. In Internet Explorer, open CMWTtools01
  2. Click the gear icon at the top right (settings), and select “Internet Options”tools02
  3. Select the Security tab.
  4. Make sure CMWT is included in either the Local intranet, or Trusted sites security zones.
  5. Select the appropriate security zone.
  6. Scroll down to “Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe for scripting”
  7. Change the setting from “Disable” to “Prompt”tools04
  8. Click OK, and click OK again to close Settings
  9. Browse to select a particular Device you wish to manage or connect to.  For this example, I’m connecting to desktop “D001”, which I happen to know is online and accessible.
  10. Click the drop-down menu of options, and select “Tools tools05
  11. Click on one of the first four (4) tools, such as Manage.
  12. If you set the ActiveX security option to “Prompt” you should get a warning…
  13. Click Yes and the tool should open.

Note that even if you cannot configure the options in IE to make this work (usually due to company security policies), or if you’re using Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, the actual command statement is shown to the right of each tool.  This allows you to copy and paste it into a Run command box and launch it directly.

That’s it!


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