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Preparing managed computers for inventory and metering

Inventory Solution

Inventory and application metering policies and tasks require that the target computers have Symantec Management Agent installed on them.

See About software-based usage tracking, application metering, and application denial

Table: Process for preparing managed computers for inventory and metering

Step

Action

Description

Step 1

Discover the computers that you want to manage.

You can discover the computers that are not yet managed by Symantec Management Agent. When computers are discovered, resource objects are created for them in the Configuration Management Database (CMDB). You may have discovered computers when you installed the Symantec Management Platform or when you added new computers to the network.

See Resource discovery methods

Step 2

Install Symantec Management Agent on the computers.

You may have performed this task when you installed the Symantec Management Platform or when you added new computers to the network.

You can also install Symantec Management Agent manually.

See Methods for installing the Symantec Management Agent

Step 3

Install or upgrade plug-ins on the managed computers.

To gather inventory or perform metering on managed computers, you must install or upgrade the following plug-ins:

  • Inventory Plug-in.

    You can install this plug-in on Windows, UNIX, Linux, and Mac computers.

  • Application Metering Plug-in for Windows.

    You can install this plug-in on managed Windows computers only.

  • Inventory Pack for Servers Plug-in.

    If you have Inventory Pack for Servers, you can install this plug-in on Windows, UNIX, Linux, and Mac computers.

See Installing the Inventory and Application Metering plug-ins

See Upgrading the Inventory and Application Metering plug-ins