Starting from the SP2 release of Inventory Solution 7.1, stand-alone inventory lets you benefit from the Software Management Framework Agent functionality when you gather software inventory on the unmanaged computers. Stand-alone inventory packages perform Software Discovery scan and gather inventory data of the installed software with Software Management Framework Agent API (application programming interface). You can gather more detailed and accurate software inventory data from unmanaged computers. The new type of gathered data is not limited to Add/Remove Program information from the scans of the Uninstall registry key entries.
On managed computers, Software Management Framework Agent is installed along with Symantec Management Agent. During stand-alone inventory on unmanaged computers, Software Management Framework Agent does not depend on Symantec Management Agent. When you create a stand-alone inventory package, Software Management Framework Agent is picked up from the following location on your Notification Server computer:
When the stand-alone inventory package runs, Software Management Framework Agent stores the software discovery information in files with an NSE extension at the location that you specified for the package.
With the enhanced stand-alone software inventory that scans the Uninstall registry key entries, MSI cache, and other locations on the unmanaged computer, you can gather the following inventory data:
Stand-alone software inventory helps you track the count of installed software but does not provide the count of computers that use the installed software. Thus you cannot harvest unused software licenses for unmanaged computers. For license harvesting, you need to install the Application Metering plug-in that runs within Symantec Management Agent only on managed computers.