How inventory policies work

Article:HOWTO63579  |  Created: 2011-12-16  |  Updated: 2012-04-20  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO63579
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How inventory policies work

The predefined inventory policies are generally scheduled to run at 6:00 P.M. on Mondays. However, administrators do not have to wait for Monday to get all the computers to report their inventory to the Configuration Management Database (CMDB). Inventory policies are configured to run as soon as possible (ASAP) for the first time apart from the configured schedule.

The ASAP behavior is implemented in the following way:

  • The enabled predefined inventory policies:

    • Run ASAP after the first time installation.

    • Run ASAP on any new computer that joins the target collection.

    • Run on the defined schedule.

  • The custom inventory policies that are enabled and scheduled to run daily, weekly, or monthly:

    • Run ASAP after the schedule is created.

    • Run ASAP on any new computer that joins the target collection.

    • Run on the defined schedule: Daily at 6:00 P.M., weekly on every Monday at 6:00 P.M., or monthly on every first Monday at 6:00 P.M.

  • The enabled custom inventory policies with the custom schedule set according to your needs:

    • Do not run automatically ASAP after the schedule is created.

    • Do not run automatically ASAP on any new computer that joins the target collection.

    • Run on the recurring schedule that you define.

    See Scheduling custom inventory policies to run immediately once and on a recurring schedule later.

Inventory policies are not pushed from Notification Server, but pulled by Symantec Management Agent. Thus the run ASAP behavior depends on the following settings:

  • Update configuration interval - the default interval is one hour.

    This time is the default time when Symantec Management Agent checks with Notification Server, if Notification Server has any new policies for it to run.

  • Symantec Management Agent basic inventory interval - the default interval is one day.

    Notification Server allows Symantec Management Agent to pull inventory policies only if Notification Server knows that the target computer has the Inventory Plug-in installed.

In the scenario where the target computer does not have the Inventory Plug-in installed and an administrator installs the Inventory Plug-in on that computer, the computer does not receive the inventory policy ASAP until the computer updates its basic inventory information on Notification Server.

If your target computer has received an inventory policy but is turned off during the scheduled policy execution time, then the policy works in the following way:

  • For the first time after the policy rollout, the policy gathers inventory and sends the data to Notification Server as soon as the computer gets turned on and Symantec Management Agent gets updated.

  • Next time, the policy gathers and sends inventory only at the scheduled time.

This behavior applies to all inventory policies.

For example, the Collect full inventory policy is scheduled to run every Monday at 18:00 (6:00 P.M.). If your target computer is turned off at the scheduled time, then the policy works as follows:

  • For the first time after the policy rollout, the policy runs on the computer, and inventory gets posted to Notification Server as soon as the computer gets started on Tuesday and Symantec Management Agent gets updated.

  • All the following times, the policy waits until the computer is available on Monday at the scheduled time, and then runs and gathers inventory.

See About inventory policies and tasks


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