For UNIX, Linux, and Mac computers, when you enable this option, a separate log file with detailed logging is created for every task. The files are created in <agent install dir>/inventory/var/log/ directory (by default, /opt/altiris/notification/inventory/var/log/).
Access network file systems (UNIX/Linux/Mac)
You can select this option to scan the network file systems.
Select this option to allow the Inventory Plug-in to scan remote volumes for software and report remote volumes' hardware information. Scanning remote volumes is disabled by default to prevent numerous computers from reporting redundant inventory data.
This option takes precedence over UNIX and Linux file system types and Mac drive settings.
If you clear this check box, remote volumes are not scanned, regardless of whether their file system types are included in the scan.
System resource usage
You can define the inventory process priority and thus modify the usage of the target computer's processor and disk during an inventory scan.
The actual resource utilization during an inventory scan depends on the target computer's processor type and hard disk speed. During a file scan for software inventory, the number of files on the hard drive also affects resource utilization.
On the Windows platform, if you decrease the priority, the process of gathering inventory requires less system resources on the client computer, but the inventory scan takes longer. If you increase the priority, the inventory scan finishes faster, but also consumes more resources and can affect the performance of the client computer.
On UNIX, Linux, and Mac platforms, computers dedicate more CPU cycles for high priority processes and less CPU cycles for low priority processes. If the computer is in an idle state and runs only the inventory scan, then low priority process may take the available resources. CPU usage reduces as soon as another process with a higher priority begins to run.
You may want to create multiple separate inventory policies and target similar types of target computers. For example, you can create a policy with servers as targets. You can set the priority to lower than normal to decrease the resource utilization and not adversely affect the performance of the server. You may also want to lower the resource utilization for the other types of computers that generally have slower hard disks and processors. For example, you can lower the resource usage for notebook computers.
Throttle inventory reporting evenly over a period of (Windows only)
You should enable this option, if inventory makes a significant affect on the network bandwidth and Notification Server resources.
For example, you can set the reporting period to 24 hours. At the scheduled time all systems run the inventory, but wait a random amount of time between now and 24 hours, to send the collected Inventory to Notification Server. This option gives the network and Notification Server time to process inventory over time.
Run Inventory as
You can specify the user account that the task runs in, based on the platform the target computer is running.
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