A data provider is a source of software resource data that can be imported into Software Management Framework. You can import the metadata of a software resource from a data provider into the Software Catalog. When you import metadata from a data provider, a software resource is created in the Software Catalog if it does not already exist. If the software resource is already in the Software Catalog, precedence settings determine if the data provider can update the data.
The ability to import metadata eliminates the need to gather much of this data and manually enter it into the Software Catalog. A data provider's metadata might also be used to enhance Notification Server's ability to identify software resources on your managed computers.
You can also import the software package that is associated with a software resource if the data provider supports this functionality. A software package is imported into the Software Library and is associated with the software resource in the Software Catalog. If a software package is already associated with a software resource in the Software Catalog, then a data provider cannot update the software package. If a data provider's software resource has an associated software package, you also have the option of importing only the metadata of the software resource. With this option, a software package resource is created in the Software Catalog, and it is sourced from the location that the data provider specifies.
The ability to import the software packages into the Software Library lets you store all of your managed packages in a secure, centralized repository. When you import software packages into the Software Library, those responsible for software distribution can easily deliver and manage the software.
Before you can import data from a data provider into Software Management Framework, you must add the data provider. To add a data provider, you configure a connection to the data provider. A data provider that has a configured connection is a registered data provider. If a data provider has multiple databases, you can configure a connection to each database.
A user of the Software Catalog or a Symantec Management Platform product that adds data to the Software Catalog is a non-registered data provider. When you configure precedence settings, the non-registered data providers are grouped together and referred to as Other Software Providers.
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