Installing the Inventory and Application Metering plug-ins
To gather inventory data on managed computers, you must install Inventory Plug-in on them.
To meter applications on managed computers, you must install Application Metering Plug-in. These plug-ins work with Symantec Management Agent to perform tasks on the managed computers and communicate with Notification Server.
If you have Inventory Pack for Servers, you can also use the Inventory Pack for Servers Plug-in.
Software-based usage tracking and application metering are Windows-only features and are supported on Windows XP and above managed computers only. Software-based usage tracking and application metering are not supported on Windows servers.
To install a plug-in, you configure the policy that installs the plug-in on managed computers. You choose the group of computers on which the policy runs, and when it runs. If you choose a group that contains a computer that already has the plug-in installed, the task is ignored on that computer. When you turn on the policy, the plug-in is automatically installed on any new computer that is a member of the target group.
By default, no plug-in installation policies are turned on. If you install Inventory Solution for the first time, you must manually turn on the policies to install the Inventory and Application Metering plug-ins.
You can install Inventory plug-in and Application Metering plug-in separately. However, if only Application Metering plug-in is installed on the client computer, but the Inventory plug-in is not, there are the following limitations:
You cannot gather information about installed software and files using Inventory policies and tasks.
For MSI-based software, the dynamic association of files and components does not work properly until the information about file properties is gathered.
The Underutilized Software report only shows the information about client computers on which metered software has been recognized as installed.
Before you perform this task, you must install Symantec Management Agent on target computers.
This task is a step in the process for preparing managed computers for inventory and metering.