I recently played around with adding registry data to SCCM Hardware Inventory using RegKeyToMof, but during the tests I ended up with a big problem, no clients were delivering any hardware inventory at all.

The problem quickly spread to all clients so I started the oh-so well known journey of troubleshooting.

First let’s look at the symptoms of the issue.

The Resource Explorer shows no inventory data for clients


Client Actions does not show the Hardware Inventory Action


The PolicyEvaluator.log file contains errors


A Bad MOF file is generated on the client

Things that did not work

  1. I tried replacing the configuration.mof in inboxes\clifiles.src\hinv from another SCCM site running the same version
  2. I tried disabling the hardware inventory in client settings
  3. I tried deleting the Hardware Inventory using Policy Spy
  4. I tried Hard Reset the policy on the client (Thanks for the Hint Mr. Agerlund)
  5. I tried reinstalling the client

The thing that did work

I ended up looking through the tables of the database to see if some reference to the MOF additions I had played with was leftover or maybe had names that could case SQL issues.

After a while I was more or less just poking around for any table with a name that seem to have a relation to inventory, and I came across the table HinvMOFs that contains two rows that somewhat looked familiar.


In particular the strange content of the configuration row, ÿþ/, came to my attention as they also appeared at the end of each of my bad policy files.

When I compared these rows with my test environment I saw that there was a major difference, my test env had the same rows but the configuration one contained a copy of a configuration.mof file.

I then made a quick backup of the database (as we always must do before doing the unspoken, which I was about to do …)

Copied the content of my test environment and pasted it into the defect database.

Forced a client to refresh its machine policy and then I was a happy camper with the option to run the Hardware Inventory action again.