How inventory policies work
|Article:HOWTO63579|||||Created: 2011-12-16|||||Updated: 2012-04-20|||||Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO63579|
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:
Inventory policies are not pushed from Notification Server, but pulled by Symantec Management Agent. Thus the run ASAP behavior depends on the following settings:
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 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.
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