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Created: 26 Oct 2012 • Updated: 20 Nov 2012 | 4 comments

Hi all, I am looking for information on the setup and use of the Software Catalog. Particularly there seems to be a lack of documentation of how it is to be configured for use or maybe I'm just not searching the right keywords.

Right now the software catalog has all this data and I'd like to organize it but I'm not sure if that's the right thing to do or if I'm overthinking it. Any help or guidance is greatly appreciated.

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andykn101's picture

This article by Joel Smith may help:

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/articles/s...

The official documentation should be in the Symantec Management Platform User Guide:

http://www.symantec.com/docs/DOC4730

 

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dream's picture

Thank you for bringing that one up. it's the resource organization that I'm looking at. What I want to understand more clearly is what I need to do to organize the resources that are gathered from the inventory and is populating the newly discovered/undefined software panel.

What I'm thinking is that rather than import new information, I can somehow organize the information in that panel. so for instance i want to manage Adobe Air because I have some inhouse applications that require specific versions and don't need to update when Adobe updates Air.

Is it as simple as going through the software Product dialog for Adobe Air and creating the accompanying package for installation?

If I import a new package am I duplicating the package?

If I modify what is already discovered, does it amount to completing the same process as if I had imported the software?

What is now available when I do a Managed Software Delivery? Will it be pulling from this information in the software catalog?

Is it the same thing that would be available when I do a Software Delivery Task?

thanks in advance

andykn101's picture

I wrote this:

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/articles/s...

As a quick start guide.

Software Products are mostly for licensing purposes, if you have in house applications that need specific version of Adobe Air you need to use the Dependency feature on the Associations tab when you create the Software Resource for the in house application. One thing that helps keep track of software is to make sure that, when you create a software resource to deliver software you use any already exisiting software resources created by inventory.

So import the package but select "Update an existing software resource" on the second step. The trick is to see if the package has already been discovered by inventory before you start the import.

Then deliver the in house application using a Managed Software Delivery Policy and select the dependent version of Air in the policy - it will be there to select if you've set the Dependencies correctly.

Where it gets more complicated is if there is a more up to date version of Air on the PC already.

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dream's picture

Thank you very much!! Your article is very helpful.