ConfigMgr : Slow/Sluggish Console Performance

Ever since rolling out SCCM 2012 we have been ‘unhappy’ with the Console performance, its not been unusable, but its not been as snappy as many of us have come to expect from our applications these days. Last night I was determined to resolve this; bring on Process Monitor! I noticed that browsing the various views in the console appears to increase CPU utilisation of the MsMpEng.exe process – System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection. I focused Process Monitor at the antimalware process to see if I could discover what it was scanning.

It’s worth pointing out at this stage we have been using the supplied SCEP policy for ConfigMgr servers since day one… I know what you were thinking.

Process Monitor revealed that the %PROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Configuration Manager\Logs\SMSProv.log (note your path may vary depending upon you installation configuration) was being absolutely hammered when using the console. I’ve now whitelisted this single log file and the console is significantly faster – the change is quite remarkable.