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Gathering software inventory on managed computers using the filescan.rule file

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Software inventory using the filescan.rule file lets you collect information about the installed applications on your UNIX, Linux or Mac computers.

Symantec recommends that you customize the default filescan.rule file to include the additional applications that the software inventory should report. You can also add entries for the applications that are developed in-house. After you create or customize a filescan.rule file, you can distribute it to the client computers.

To run the software inventory using the filescan.rule file, you must have the Symantec Management Agent and the Inventory Plug-in installed on your client computers.

See Installing the Inventory Plug-in

See Manually installing the Inventory Plug-in on managed Mac computers

To gather software inventory on managed computers using the filescan.rule file

  1. (Optional) Copy the default filescan.rule file from the client computer to the Notification Server computer and customize it.

    If you do not need to distribute the file widely, you can edit the file on the client Mac computer using the vi /opt/altiris/notification/inventory/etc/filescan.rule command.

  2. (Optional) To distribute the customized filescan.rule file to the client computers, in the Symantec Management Console create a Quick Delivery task.

    Copy the filescan.rule file to the following folder:


    You can use the following universal path with custom installation directories:

    'aex-helper info path -s INVENTORY'/etc/

    For more information, see the topics about creating a Quick Delivery task in the Software Management Solution User Guide.

  3. For the Inventory policy that gathers software inventory, ensure that the option File properties - manufacturer, version, size, internal name, etc. is checked.