Running software inventory using the filescan.rule file

Article:HOWTO63566  |  Created: 2011-12-16  |  Updated: 2012-04-20  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO63566
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Running software inventory using the filescan.rule file

(UNIX, Linux, and Mac only)

To run the software inventory using the filescan.rule file, you must have the Symantec Management Agent and the Inventory Plug-in installed on your UNIX, Linux, and Mac client computers. The Inventory Plug-in installation package includes a default filescan.rule file that contains an example list of some common applications.

You can customize the default filescan.rule file and add the applications that you want to be reported. You can also use the aex-filesurveyor utility to scan your UNIX, Linux, and Mac systems for executables. The output of the scan is formatted for use as a filescan.rule file. After you create or customize a filescan.rule file, you can distribute it to the client computers.

The file scan agent uses the settings of the Inventory task or policy to scan the directories. If you want to change the set of the directories that are scanned, you must edit the advanced settings of the Inventory task or policy. When no directories are specified, then all local drives are scanned.

See About software inventory using the filescan.rule file.

To run software inventory using filescan.rule file

  1. (Optional) Copy the default filescan.rule file from the client computer to the Notification Server computer and customize it.

  2. (Optional) To distribute the customized filescan.rule file to the client computers, create a Quick Delivery task in the Symantec Management Console.

    The filescan.rule file should be copied to the following folder:

    /opt/altiris/notification/inventory/etc/

    You can use the following universal path with custom installation directories:

    'aex-helper info path -s INVENTORY'/etc/

    For more information, see the topics about creating a Quick Delivery task in the Software Management Solution User Guide.

  3. For the Inventory policy that gathers software inventory, ensure that the option File properties - manufacturer, version, size, internal name, etc. is checked.


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