About gathering inventory using stand-alone packages
One method of gathering inventory data is using stand-alone inventory packages. A stand-alone inventory package is an executable file that you create from the Symantec Management Console. You run the package on target computers and gather the inventory data of that computer. This method lets you gather inventory on the target computers that are not managed through the Symantec Management Agent.
This method does not apply to the following cases:
Older or same version of Symantec Management Agent is installed on a computer.
Symantec Management Agent is installed on a computer but not connected to the Notification Server computer.
Symantec Management Agent is installed but broken or not functioning on a computer.
Symantec Management Agent is installed but disabled on a computer.
Stand-alone inventory packages can only run on Windows-based computers. To gather inventory on the computers that run on other platforms, you must use different methods.
If you use stand-alone packages, you must be able to report the inventory data back to the Notification Server computer. You can use different options of reporting data depending on the configuration of your network. You can create multiple packages with different options based on your needs.