Managing software using the predefined nightly task NS.Nightly schedule to associate Software component to software product
Software management is only available on Windows computers.
Inventory Solution provides the predefined nightly task NS.Nightly schedule to associate Software component to software product that performs the following steps:
Automatically associate new software components with the relevant user-defined or predefined software product and populate the Software Catalog.
The task compares the software components that software inventory discovers with the predefined software products. If there is a match, the task associates the discovered software components with the relevant predefined software product and moves the product to the Software Catalog, to Managed software products.
Automatically associate the new key program files to the corresponding software components.
The task compares the new key program files that software inventory discovers with the key program files that are already associated with a software component. If there is a match and the relevant software component is associated with a metered software product, the task associates the discovered program files with the software component. You can see the associated key program files of the software component when you view the relevant metered software product in the Software Product dialog box, on the Meter / track usage tab.
Currently, the nightly task can automatically associate with software components only the key program files that are installed with an MSI-based installer. You have to create associations manually for the program files that are installed with other installers.
Assign the Newly Discovered Software status to the software components that are associated with a deleted managed software product.
In the Symantec Management Console Software view, under Installed Products, you can right-click and delete a managed software product. The NS.Nightly schedule to associate Software component to software product task assigns the Newly Discovered Software status to the software components that are associated with the deleted managed software product. Only then can you view the software components in the Newly Discovered Software pane or in the Software Catalog, under Newly discovered/undefined software.
The task NS.Nightly schedule to associate Software component to software product runs automatically on the Notification Server computer every night at 12:30 A.M. The task manages the software components and program files that are discovered and imported into the Configuration Management Database (CMDB). To immediately get the results, you can run the task manually from Task Scheduler Library.
This task is a step in the process for tracking usage of the managed software products.