You can gather inventory data by running automated policies and tasks on managed computers. To gather inventory, you need to install the Symantec Management Agent and Inventory Plug-in on target computers. The inventory policies and tasks use Inventory Plug-in to perform the inventory scan on the target computer. The inventory data is sent to the Configuration Management Database (CMDB).
You can also use Inventory Pack for Servers, which is a separate product, to gather inventory data from servers. If you have Inventory Pack for Servers installed, it uses the same type of inventory policies.
Inventory policies let you gather inventory on a recurring schedule. Inventory Solution includes the predefined inventory policies that you can use to gather inventory. You can also create and configure your own inventory policies. You can use unique policies and schedules for different kinds of inventory. For example, you can have one policy collect hardware inventory daily, and another policy collect software inventory weekly.
An inventory policy with the custom schedule does not run automatically as soon as possible after the custom schedule is created and on any new computer that joins the target collection. You can configure the custom policy schedule to run the policy immediately once and on a recurring schedule later.