Rules are associated with software resources. A rule is not used in any way if it is not associated with a software resource. However, if you delete a software resource, any rules that you created and associated with that software resource are not deleted. The rules remain in the database. All rules are listed in the drop-down list on the software resource Rules tab so that you can associate them with another software resource.
If a rule is associated with a software resource, it appears on the Rules tab for that software resource.
Inventory rules can be created or added in the following ways:
When you install Patch Management Solution, rules are installed.
When you associate rules with a software resource, you can create or edit the rules.
When you import an MSI to create a software resource, the import process creates a detection rule that checks for the MSI file's product code.
Other internal products or third-party products can be programmed to create and use rules.
UNIX, Linux, and Mac OS operating systems do not support detection and applicability rules; therefore, do not add them to non-Windows software resources. When you add rules to non-Windows software resources, the rules are always evaluated as false, which can cause errors in your software-related operations.
Inventory rules are made up of expressions, which define the items that the rule should evaluate. Inventory rules can contain one or more expressions.
You can create the following types of rules:
Many smart rules update dynamically based on what is selected in the expressions that make up the rule. Smart rules can contain smart or standard expressions.
Standard rules are static. Standard rules can contain only standard expressions.
The Inventory Rule Management agent runs the inventory rules on client computers. The Inventory Rule Management agent is installed on the client computer and runs as a Web service on the Notification Server computer.
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