Using policies, inventory data can be automatically and remotely gathered from managed client computers at scheduled intervals. Inventory policies are easily created and managed from the Symantec Management Console. This process eliminates the need for costly physical inventory processes.
In most cases you should use inventory policies. You should limit inventory tasks to automated tasks and workflows.
You can collect inventory on the client computers that are not managed through the Symantec Management Platform. You can create and run the executables that gather inventory data and report it to the Configuration Management Database (CMDB). These executables can be delivered through login scripts, USB keys, network shares, and so on.
Inventory data is gathered for hundreds of predefined data classes. You can expand and customize the type of data you want to collect. For example, you can add specific registry data or a unique hardware component.
Inventory Solution provides a software-based usage tracking option to help you easily meter application usage and track and manage software licenses.
The software-based usage tracking option associates file information that application metering records to a metered software component. Then it associates the software component to a predefined software product. Due to these associations the usage tracking option helps you track software usage at the product level instead of the file level.
For more information, see the topics about managing software licenses in the Asset Management Suite User Guide.
You can determine how a client computer's inventory data changes compared to a baseline. You can detect how a computer's inventory has changed over time, or the differences between a computer and a reference computer.
The Software Catalog Data Provider (SCDP) is a component that can be used to import software inventory data into the Software Catalog.
The SCDP provides a list of known applications and predefined software products that is imported into the CMDB. The SCDP helps you identify the detected software and create a software resource for that software in the Software Catalog. By default, most of the SCDP components perform automatically.
Altiris™ Inventory for Network Devices from Symantec™
Inventory for Network Devices is a part of Inventory Solution and shares licenses with Inventory Solution if you install the solutions within any of the following suites:
Altiris™ Client Management Suite from Symantec™
Altiris™ Server Management Suite from Symantec™
Altiris™ IT Management Suite from Symantec™
Inventory for Network Devices gathers inventory data from discovered devices in your network. This inventory is gathered from the devices that are not managed through the Symantec Management Agent. Because a management agent is not required, this inventory is considered an agentless inventory.
For more information, see the Inventory for Network Devices User Guide.
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