This method scans the file system on target computers and reports software inventory based on the application EXE files that are found. For example, it reports file name, size, path, and so on.
You can perform this inventory by selecting the File Properties - manufacturer, version, size, internal name, etc. option in the Inventory policies or tasks.
Add or Remove Programs list and UNIX/Linux/Mac software packages.
To perform this inventory, select the Software - Windows Add/Remove Programs and UNIX/Linux/Mac software packages option in the Inventory policies or tasks. This option is enabled by default.
This option uses the Software Discovery task to collect the information about the installed applications. For more information, see the topics about Software Discovery in the Symantec Management Platform Help.
On Windows computers, you can gather information about the applications that are in the Add or Remove Programs list on target computers (MSI cache). Note that when Inventory Solution is installed, it turns off any schedules for the Software Discovery task. Instead, it uses the schedules of the Inventory policies that use it.
On UNIX, Linux, and Mac computers, you can gather information about the software packages on target computers.
Targeted software inventory on Windows computers.
Targeted software inventory using the filescan.rule file on UNIX, Linux, and Mac computers.
On Windows computers, this method lets you use rules to identify specific software applications. You can perform this inventory by running the Targeted Software Inventory policy.
On UNIX, Linux, and Mac computers, this method lets you collect information about the installed applications using the filescan.rule file. The software inventory agent compares a list of applications in the filescan.rule file with the actual file system data to determine which applications are installed.
Gather software information and validate it using the Software Catalog Data Provider.
The Software Catalog Data Provider is a new component that can be used to import software inventory data into the Software Catalog. The Software Catalog Data Provider is installed with Inventory Solution.
The Software Catalog Data Provider provides a list of known applications and predefined software products that is imported in the Configuration Management Database (CMDB). When you perform a software inventory, that gathered data about applications can be compared to the list of known applications and predefined software products. If the application data matches, it helps ensure that your software inventory data is accurate and lets you manage installed software at the product level.
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