You can gather inventory data by running automated policies and tasks on managed computers. This method requires the Symantec Management Agent and an Inventory Plug-in that you install on target computers before gathering inventory. The inventory policies and tasks use the Inventory Plug-in to perform the inventory scan on the target computer. The inventory data is sent to the CMDB.
You can also use Inventory Pack for Servers, which is a separate product, to gather inventory data from servers. If you have Inventory Pack for Servers installed, it uses the same type of inventory policies.
Inventory policies let you gather inventory on a recurring schedule. Inventory Solution includes the predefined inventory policies that you can use to gather inventory with little effort. You can also create your own inventory policies. You can use unique policies and schedules for different kinds of inventory. For example, you can have one policy collect hardware inventory daily and another policy collect software inventory weekly.