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Installing the Inventory and Application Metering plug-ins

Inventory Solution

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.

See Preparing managed computers for inventory and metering

To install the Inventory or Application Metering plug-ins

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Actions menu, click Agents/Plug-ins > Rollout Agents/Plug-ins.

  2. In the left pane, under Agents/Plug-ins, expand Discovery and Inventory > Windows/UNIX/Linux/Mac, and then click the policy for the plug-in that you want to install.

  3. In the right pane, on the toolbar, click Apply to to choose the computers on which you want to install the plug-in.

    See Specifying the targets of a policy or task

    See Specifying filtering rules for resource targets

  4. Under Schedule, on the toolbar, click Schedule, and then schedule the policy to run on managed computers.

    See Adding a schedule to a policy, task, or job

  5. On the plug-in install page, turn on the policy.

    At the upper right of the page, click the colored circle, and then click On.

  6. Click Save changes.

The next step is to gather inventory on your client computers.

See Gathering inventory with predefined inventory policies