How is the Software Management Framework Software Discovery task utilized by Inventory Solution in 7.0 SP1?

Article:HOWTO10342  |  Created: 2009-06-30  |  Updated: 2009-07-06  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO10342
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Question
In 7.0 GA for CMS, the Software Discovery component that captures Add/Remove Program data was only included as part of the Software Management Framework.  In Inventory Solution 7.0 SP1 this component will now be launched by Inventory Solution as part of the Inventory Solution Policies or Tasks.  The following information will help provide understanding to how Inventory uses this component.

Answer

Software Discovery will be executed by the Inventory Solution Policies or Tasks in SP1.  The option is labeled 'Software - Windows Add/Remove Programs and UNIX/Linux/Mac software packages' when an Inventory Policy or Task is edited or created.  When this is checked, we'll run the Software Dicovery as part of the Policy or Task, with the following intelligence as far as if we will send all data or only delta data.  We've built in logic to look to see if the Resource GUID of the system has changed or not:

 

Machine GUID

Send Delta Only flag

Result

Same

True

Don’t Delete SMF Cache

Same

False

Delete SMF Cache

Changed

True

Delete SMF Cache

Changed

False

Delete SMF Cache

 

The SMF cache holds all Add/Remove Program data, and leaving the cache means only a small subset of changed data will be sent up.  It's important to delete this cache if the server, for whatever reason (the record was deleted, the agent was directed to a new NS, etc...) no longer has the data for the system.


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