You can import data from a data provider for selected software resources instead of importing all of the available software resources. This ability to select specific software resources gives you complete control over what is imported. For example, you might have an urgent need to import the metadata and the software package of a specific software resource. You do not want to waste time importing data for other software resources. You can select that software resource and import only its data.
If your data provider has a large amount of data that is available for import, we recommend that you import the data manually. When you import the data manually, you can avoid cluttering the Software Catalog with the data that you do not use. If you want to import all available software resources instead of specific software resources, import the data on a schedule.
To import data for selected software resources, you first gather a list of available software. A software resource is available if it has data that is ready to be imported. You then select from this list the software resources whose data you want to import.
If the metadata for a software resource already exists in the Software Catalog, precedence settings determine if a data provider can update the data. The exception is File Inventory data, which is additive, so precedence settings don't apply. If a software resource in the Software Catalog already has an associated software package, a data provider cannot update the package.
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click All Settings.
In the left pane, under Settings, click Software > Data Provider > Data Provider Management.
In the right pane, select the data provider.
On the Actions menu, click View Data Provider Summary.
If the software resource is not listed on the Data Provider Summary page, do the following to gather the software resource from the data provider.
On the Gather menu, select the data provider that has the data that you want to import.
In the New Schedule dialog box, under Schedule, specify a schedule for the gather task.
Under Input, type a description for the task, and then click Schedule.
The description identifies the task. If the task is scheduled to run in the future, it is not assigned this description until it runs.
This task is listed on the data provider's page in the Providers folder. You can access the Providers folder on the Settings menu at Software > Data Provider.
After the data is gathered, on the Data Provider Summary page, click the Refresh symbol to display the software resources that were gathered.
Depending on the data provider, the gather can take several minutes. If no new software resources appear, then the data provider did not have any available software resources.
In the list of software resources, select the software resources to import.
On the Import menu, click one of the following options:
This option imports only the metadata of the available software resources into the Software Catalog. If a software package is associated with a software resource, a software package resource is created in the Software Catalog. This software package resource is sourced from the location that the data provider specifies.
Data and Package
This option imports the metadata of the available software resources into the Software Catalog and the associated software packages into the Software Library. The software package resource in the Software Catalog is sourced from the Software Library and not from the location that the data provider specifies.
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