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Manually creating the managed software products

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Software management is only available on Windows computers.

You can track usage of a software product only if the software product is managed in the Software Catalog. Inventory Solution provides the list of predefined software products. If the software product that you want to manage is in the list, the task NS.Nightly schedule to associate Software component to software product automatically moves the relevant predefined software product to the Software Catalog, to the Managed software products list.

If the software component that you want to track does not match filtering rules of any predefined software product, you can manually create a managed software product for this software component.

This task is a step in the process for tracking usage of the managed software products.

See Tracking usage of the managed software products in the Symantec Management Console Software view

To manually create the managed software products

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu, click Software.

  2. In the Software pane, under Installed Software, click Newly Discovered Software.

  3. In the Newly Discovered Software pane, select the software component for which you want to create a software product.

  4. In the right pane, under New Software, click Manage this software.

  5. In the Software Product dialog box, view or edit the name, company, and version of the software product.

  6. (Optional) On the Identify inventory tab, perform the following actions:

    • To edit filtering inventory rules, enter new criteria in the Software name, Company, or Version filters.

      The filtering inventory rules define the software product and the software components that can be associated to it. The filtering inventory rules are dynamic. Any software component that comes into your environment and matches these rules is automatically associated to this software product.

      For example, you can change the Software name from Adobe Reader to Adobe, and the details in the Identify inventory tab change to display software components for all Adobe products.

      Note that when using the Company filter, you must first enter criteria in the Software name filter. Otherwise, the Company filter does not work.

    • To include the software components that are associated with other software products, check Include components associated with other products. The components that are associated with other software products are highlighted yellow.

  7. Click OK.

The next step is to track the usage of the managed software products.

See Tracking usage of the managed software products