Toast Notification: Low Disk Space


If you have not read my original blog on Multi-Language Toast Notifications, I recommend that you do so before reading any further.


Now that I have successfully used Martin Bengtsson awesome Toast Notifications script for our Driver Dynamic Driver and BIOS Update process, I could also see other usage for this script! So here comes one of our latest uses of Toast Notifications.

Martinโ€™s Blog:

I will not be deep-diving into the details, so please read my previous blog or Martinโ€™s blog above if you want detailed information about Toast Notifications.

Letยดs get started - We have for a long time been using collections in ConfigMgr that exclude devices with less than 5GB of free disk space from Applications/Program install and Windows Updates, these collections trigger a clean up script to run on these devices.

We want to make our end users aware that when they have less than 5GB of free disk space left on (C:), it has some consequences and that they can do clean up on their device themselves.

I have decided to use Toasted Notifications for this awareness purpose which allows users to remind them later or to click on a clean up button which will lead them to the Storage Sense in settings.

The only difference from my previous Toast Notification used for the Driver Dynamic Driver and BIOS Update process, is that the text and option for action in the *.XML has changed to the below value.

<Option Name="Action" Value="ms-settings:storagesense" />

If you can't make it work with "Software Center" as the app for toast notifications, make sure you haven't deleted or hidden the original Software Center shortcut!

ConfigMgr Preparations

We must configure a device collection in ConfigMgr that collect devices with less than 5GB of disk space. If not already done, the first thing we need to do here is extend our Hardware Inventory Class -> Logical Disk (SMS_LogicalDisk) with Free Space (MB) otherwise we will not be able to measure for free disk space on our devices. Just follow these few steps:

Step 1. Select Administration in the ConfigMgr console and go to Client Settings

Step 2. Open the Default Client Settings

Step 3. Select Hardware Inventory and click Set Classesโ€ฆ

Step 4. Scroll down to Logical Disk (SMS_LogicalDisk) and tick the checkbox for Free Space (MB).

Step 5. Now wait for the devices to run Hardware Inventory Cycle (Default 7 days)

Once Hardware Inventory has finished run its cycle we will be able to see Free Space (MB) in the resource explorer for any given device.

We will now be able to create a device collection that collects devices based on free disk space. Just follow these few steps:

Step 1. Create a new Device Collection and add a query rule

Step 2. Set the following configuration in the query properties

select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System inner join SMS_G_System_LOGICAL_DISK on SMS_G_System_LOGICAL_DISK.ResourceID = SMS_R_System.ResourceId where SMS_G_System_LOGICAL_DISK.FreeSpace < 5120 and SMS_G_System_LOGICAL_DISK.DeviceID = "C:"

That's all, folks! We are now ready to deploy the Toast Notification to our newly created collection to inform our end users to clean up their device. Nice!

For further information on how to deploy a Toast Notification with ConfigMgr, please take a look at my previous blog post on Multi-Language Toast Notification.

A special thanks go to Martin! If you have any questions regarding this topic, feel free to reach out to me. I am most active on Twitter!

Now go out and impress your boss and colleagues!

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