Gathering software inventory

Article:HOWTO75103  |  Created: 2012-04-20  |  Updated: 2012-04-20  |  Article URL
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Gathering software inventory

Software inventory gathers information about the standard and the custom software applications that are installed on your computers. Software inventory data helps you analyze different aspects of your resources.

Table: Process for gathering software inventory




Step 1

(Optional for Windows computers) Prepare managed computers for inventory.

Target computers must be managed and have the Inventory Plug-in installed.

See Preparing managed computers for inventory and metering.

The Symantec Management Agent and the Inventory Plug-in are not required on Windows computers if you use the stand-alone inventory packages for the following purposes:

  • To gather basic software application file inventory

  • To gather inventory of Windows Add or Remove Programs list

Step 2

Use the software inventory method that meets your needs.

When you perform a software inventory, you can use different methods to gather different types of software data:

  • Basic software application file inventory

  • Inventory of Windows Add or Remove Programs list and UNIX/Linux/Mac software packages

  • Targeted software inventory on Windows computers and software inventory using the filescan.rule file on UNIX, Linux, and Mac computers

  • Software information gathering and validation using the Software Catalog Data Provider

See Methods for gathering software inventory.

Step 3

View software inventory results.

You can view the gathered software inventory data in the inventory reports, the Resource Manager, and the enhanced Symantec Management Console views.

For example, you can see the results of the Targeted Software Inventory in the Installed Software report.

See Viewing inventory data in reports.

See Viewing inventory data in the Resource Manager.

See Viewing inventory data in the enhanced Symantec Management Console views.

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