For each instance of software that it finds, Software Discovery collects the following data:
The software's unique identifier, which consists of the company (vendor) name, software name, and version.
The MSI product code, for Windows Installer-based applications only.
The unique identifiers of the critical files that are installed with the software. Only EXE files, DLL files, and OCX files are considered to be critical.
The unique identifier consists of the file's name, hash value, and size. The file information is collected only for MSI-based software and any software that was originally installed with a Managed Delivery policy.
The GUID that identifies the computer resource in Notification Server.
The GUID that identifies the user resource in Notification Server, if the software was installed per user.
Records the collected data in a cache on the client computer.
Software Discovery updates a cache on the client computer with the data that it collects.
Inventory Solution reads the cache when an inventory task scans a client computer. The Software Discovery data makes future inventory scans more accurate because it provides a way to positively identify a specific instance of software.
Sends the data to the server.
You can configure Software Discovery to send all software resources or only software resources that changed since the last time the software inventory was collected. These configuration options are in the Settings section of the Software Discovery policy.
Updates the Software Catalog with the software resources and their associated file resources.
For each instance of software that it finds, Software Discovery updates the Software Catalog as follows:
Creates a new software resource or updates an existing one, depending on whether the found software's identifier matches that of an existing software resource. Only the metadata is created. Packages are not defined.
Associates the collected file resources with the software resource.
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