Software Discovery scans managed computers and collects information about the software and the related files that they contain. By default, the Software Discovery policy is scheduled to run two times per week on all the computers that contain the Software Management Framework agent. However, you can run the Software Discovery policy at any time, on any managed computers that contain the Software Management Framework agent.
Any client computer that has the Symantec Management Agent also has the Software Management Framework agent because they are installed together.
Table: Process for discovering software resources on managed computers
Configure the Software Discovery policy.
The Software Discovery policy runs the scan on the client computers. You cannot create multiple instances of the policy with different schedules and destinations. Instead, you reconfigure the schedule and destinations when you run the policy.
The options for reviewing the inventory data are as follows:
View the contents of the Newly Discovered Software list in the Software view.
This folder displays the software resources that are marked as installed, including those from previous Software Discovery scans.
If Inventory Solution is installed, run the Installed Software report.
This report lists the software resources that are marked as installed. It also lists the computers on which the software is installed and the installation dates. You can access the Installed Software report from the Reports menu or from the right-click menu in the Software Catalog.
Update the software resources to facilitate future inventory scans.
The data that Software Discovery provides can make future inventory scans more accurate.
Update the software resources in the following ways:
Resolve duplicate software resources.
Duplicate software resources can occur when Software Discovery creates a new software resource for the software that is already defined in the Software Catalog. Perhaps the company name in each resource is slightly different.
Add the file resources to the software resource's detection rule.
Software Discovery can add the file resources to a software resource but it does not add those files to a detection rule. You can use those file resources to create a detection rule or to update an existing detection rule.