Collecting initial inventory information is key to managing your network. All solutions use inventory, and the information that inventory collects populates the computer views, software views, and other pages and fields in the console. Knowing what is installed on your network is critical to gathering the right data so that you can make essential management decisions.
Your network is unique. Therefore, you must determine which information you want to collect, which resources you want to collect information about, and how often to collect the information.
In the Collect Inventory policy window you can turn off the policy or turn on the policy. You also select a default schedule or a custom schedule on which to ensure that the policy is current. Before collecting inventory information, consider which information you need to keep track of and how often you want to update that information. You should also consider whether any circumstance exists under which you would want to turn off the inventory policy. The default is to leave the policy on.
You can collect the following types of inventory information:
Hardware and operating system
Lets you collect inventory of CPUs, hard drives, memory, firmware, users, and groups.
Lets you collect inventory about Windows programs and UNIX/Linux/Mac software packages.
Lets you collect information about manufacturers, versions, size, and internal name.
If you have Inventory Pack for Servers installed, lets you collect information about server applications.
Collecting inventory information is a step in the process for performing a first-time setup configuration.
In the Symantec Management Console, click Home > Notification Server Management > First Time Setup.
On the Welcome to the Symantec Management Console page, click Collect Inventory.
The Collect Full Inventory policy shows the default settings and also shows policy compliance.
In the Collect Full Inventory policy window next to Policy Rules/Actions, leave the policy turned on.
If you have a particular need to stop running the policy for a time, click Off to turn off the policy.
Select a schedule for keeping the policy current. You can select a default schedule or create a custom schedule.
This list of schedules is populated from the Shared Schedules page. You modify, create, and use shared schedules at Settings > Notification Server > Shared Schedules.
In the Collect Full Inventory policy window, review the inventory details and select the types of inventory to gather. Make changes as necessary.
To see details about the types of inventory you selected, in the Policy Rules/Actions area of the window click Advanced. You can select additional items about which you want to collect inventory data. If you make changes, click OK.
In the Collect Full Inventory policy window in the Applies To/Compliance area, review the details.
This area shows details about the inventory that is collected on targeted computers. You can verify compliance to the inventory policy, modify which computers collect inventory, and make other changes as needed.
Click Save changes.
After the window refreshes, click x in the upper right to close the policy window.
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