An Inventory policy or task can be configured to collect file inventory data. The Collect Full Inventory policy by default collects only summary data (number of files and overall space used) for file types with extensions including .pdf, .doc, .tiff, .mp3 and .mov, and collects both summary and detailed data (names, paths, and sizes of individual files) for .exe and .dll files related to applications. However, inventory policies and tasks can be further configured to collect detailed data for any file type. Detailed file inventory data can be viewed in the Audit Software Search report whereas summary data can be viewed in the Disk Usage by File Extension report. Configuring an Inventory policy or task to collect file inventory data is covered in chapter 4: Gathering inventory on managed computers, in: Altiris Inventory Solution 7.1 SP2 from Symantec User Guide.
Figure 1. An inventory task or policy can be configured to collect file inventory data by enabling File Properties (arrow 0). To open the Advanced Options window click Advanced (arrow 1). In the Advanced Options window go to the File Properties Scan Settings tab (arrow 2), then the Files tab (arrow 3) in order to add and edit Include rules for file types. For file types with existing include rules click on the rule and then click the Edit (pencil) button (arrow 4) and disable Report size/file count only to gather more data for those files (figure 2). If an include rule does not exist for the desired file type then click + Include rule and configure the rule.
Figure 2. In the Include file rules window make sure that the rule is configured correctly and uncheck Report size/file count only (arrow).
Figure 3. Create Include file rules for file extension types that are not already defined. This figure shows custom include rules for both TXT files and HTML files.
Figure 4. In Audit Software Search report specify any parameters needed to filter the inventory data and then click Refresh to view an inventory of files of the desired file types
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