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Creating and configuring a data class

Inventory Solution

In the Symantec Management Console, you can create a custom data class, add, edit, and delete data class attributes, and change the position of the attribute. You can also find the GUID and view the data in the data class.

Note that every time you modify an attribute and save the changes, a new GUID is assigned to this data class.

See About custom inventory data classes

See About gathering custom inventory

This task is a step in the process for gathering custom inventory.

See Gathering custom inventory

Before you perform this step, ensure that you have prepared managed computers for inventory.

See Preparing managed computers for inventory and metering

To create and configure a data class

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click All Settings.

  2. In the left pane, under Settings, expand Discovery and Inventory > Inventory Solution, and then click Manage Custom Data classes.

  3. To create a data class, do the following:

    • On the Manage Custom Data Classes page, click New data class.

    • On the New Data Class page, type a name and a description for the data class, and then click OK.

      The name of the new data class must be unique.

  4. To configure a data class, on the Manage Custom Data Classes page, in the data classes list, click the data class.

    You can add data class attributes, edit, or delete them.

  5. (Optional) To add an attribute to the data class, do the following:

    • On the toolbar, click Add attribute.

    • In the Data Class Attributes dialog box, specify the details of the attribute.

      To add an attribute that uniquely defines a row in the data class, in the Key drop-down list, click Yes. After you do this, the attribute always has a unique value that is other than NULL.

      To add an attribute that should never be empty or blank, in the Data required drop-down list, click Yes.

      If, in the Key drop-down list, you click Yes, the Data required option is automatically set to Yes. To change this option, in the Key drop-down list, click No.

    • Click OK.

  6. (Optional) To edit or delete the data class attributes, the attribute, and then, on the toolbar, click the Edit or Delete symbol.

  7. (Optional) To let the data class store inventory of multiple objects, on the Manage Custom Data Classes page, check Allow multiple rows from a single computer resource. The data class can store the inventory of services, user accounts, files, network cards, and other objects.

  8. (Optional) To specify the sequence of the attributes, on the Manage Custom Data Classes page, click an attribute, and then click the up arrow or down arrow.

    When you report inventory values for the columns in a Notification Server Event (NSE), the attributes are identified by the column ID instead of the column name, so the order of attributes in a data class must be correct

  9. Click Save changes.

    Warning: It is very important that you save the changes. When you create any data class or add any attributes, all the information is stored in memory. Nothing is created in the database and on details page, no GUID is yet assigned. As a result, a 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000 GUID is displayed in the property of the data class. Only after you click Save changes on the Manage Custom Data Classes page, the data class is saved in the database, and the GUID is generated. Note that the GUID changes every time you make changes to the definition of the data class and save it.
  10. (Optional) Copy and paste the GUID of the data class that you created for further use.

The next step is to create a custom inventory script task.

See Creating a custom inventory script task