About the types of metadata you can import from a data provider
You can import the metadata of software resources from a data provider into the Software Catalog. When you import metadata, you eliminate the need to manually enter it into the Software Catalog. This metadata then helps you manage the software.
When you import the metadata of a software resource, it appears on the appropriate tab in the Software Catalog for that software resource. For example, package data appears on the Package tab.
If metadata is already in the Software Catalog for a software resource, precedence settings determine whether a data provider can update the data. The exception is File Inventory data, which is additive, so precedence settings don't apply.
Table: The types of metadata that a data provider can import
Type of data
The properties data defines the properties that identify a software resource. This data includes its name, description, version, company, and product name.
The package data defines the software packages that are associated with a software resource. It also defines the command lines for each software package.
A data provider can import package data for a software resource for multiple types of software packages. However, it cannot import package data for a software resource for two software packages of the same type. For example, it can import package data for a software resource for an MSI package and a VSA package. However, it cannot import package data for a software resource for two MSI files.
A detection rule is used to determine if a software resource is installed. When a detection rule is updated, the existing rule is preserved because another software resource may still use it.
When you import metadata with a data provider, applicability rules are not created.
The associations data defines the associations the software resource has with other software resources in the Software Catalog.
Any associations that a data provider defines are imported as long as both software resources exist in the Software Catalog. A data provider can only remove an association from a software resource if it imported that association.
The File Inventory data defines the DLL and the EXE files that a software resource installs. Detection rules can use this data to detect if software is installed on a computer. Inventory scans can also use this data to distinguish between known and unknown files on a computer.
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