Installing the Inventory and Application Metering plug-ins
To gather inventory data on managed computers, you must install Inventory Plug-in on them.
To meter applications on managed computers, you must install Application Metering Plug-in. These plug-ins work with Symantec Management Agent to perform tasks on the managed computers and communicate with Notification Server.
If you have Inventory Pack for Servers, you can also use the Inventory Pack for Servers Plug-in.
Software-based usage tracking and application metering are Windows-only features and are supported on Windows XP and above managed computers only. Software-based usage tracking and application metering are not supported on Windows servers.
To install a plug-in, you configure the policy that installs the plug-in on managed computers. You choose the group of computers on which the policy runs, and when it runs. If you choose a group that contains a computer that already has the plug-in installed, the task is ignored on that computer. When you turn on the policy, the plug-in is automatically installed on any new computer that is a member of the target group.
By default, no plug-in installation policies are turned on. If you install Inventory Solution for the first time, you must manually turn on the policies to install the Inventory and Application Metering plug-ins.
Before you perform this task, you must install Symantec Management Agent on target computers.
This task is a step in the process for preparing managed computers for inventory and metering.