The Software Discovery policy scans managed computers and collects information about the software and the related files that they contain. The Software Discovery scan is a step in the process for discovering software resources on managed computers.
For each instance of software that it finds, Software Discovery collects the following data:
The software's unique identifier, which consists of the company (vendor) name, software name, and version.
The MSI product code, for Windows Installer-based applications only.
The unique identifiers of the critical files that are installed with the software. Only EXE files, DLL files, and OCX files are considered to be critical.
The unique identifier consists of the file's name, hash value, and size. The file information is collected only for MSI-based software and any software that was originally installed with a Managed Delivery policy.
The GUID that identifies the computer resource in Notification Server.
The GUID that identifies the user resource in Notification Server, if the software was installed per user.
Records the collected data in a cache on the client computer.
Software Discovery updates a cache on the client computer with the data that it collects.
Inventory Solution reads the cache when an inventory task scans a client computer. The Software Discovery data makes future inventory scans more accurate because it provides a way to positively identify a specific instance of software.
Sends the data to the server.
You can configure Software Discovery to send all software resources or only software resources that changed since the last time the software inventory was collected. These configuration options are in the Settings section of the Software Discovery policy.
Updates the Software Catalog with the software resources and their associated file resources.
For each instance of software that it finds, Software Discovery updates the Software Catalog as follows:
Creates a new software resource or updates an existing one, depending on whether the found software's identifier matches that of an existing software resource. Only the metadata is created. Packages are not defined.
Associates the collected file resources with the software resource.
You can configure this policy to send all software resources or only software resources that changed since the last time the software inventory was collected. By default, the Software Discovery policy is scheduled to run two times per week on all the computers that contain the Software Management Framework agent. However, you can run the Software Discovery policy at any time, on any managed computers that contain the Software Management Framework agent.
We recommend that you schedule the Software Discovery policy to run during a maintenance window because the policy is processor intensive.
To configure the Software Discovery policy
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click All Settings.
In the left pane, under Settings, click Software > Software Catalog and Software Library Settings > Software Discovery.
On the Software Discovery page, in the Settings section, select whether to send only the software resources that have changed or all software resources.
The option to send only the software resources that changed is selected by default. Select the option to send all the software resources if some of the data that was previously sent to the server has been lost. For example, sometimes when the management of a client computer moves from one Notification Server to another, the new server does not have this data.
In the Applied to section, select the destination resources to which to apply the policy.
In the Schedule section, set the schedule.
At the upper right of the page, click the colored circle, and then click On.
Click Save changes.
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