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Stand-alone inventory package options

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This type of inventory is for Windows computers only.

When you create or edit a stand-alone inventory package, you can configure its settings. You define the type of inventory gathered, where to store the data, etc. You can view the properties of a package from the main Stand-alone Inventory Packages page.

You specify where to store the inventory data on the basis of the access that the target computers have to the Notification Server computer.

See Gathering inventory using stand-alone packages

See Creating, editing, or cloning stand-alone inventory packages

See Running stand-alone inventory packages on target computers

When the package is run, you can override some of these settings with a command-line switch.

See Stand-alone inventory package command-line switches

Table: Stand-alone inventory package options

Setting

Description

Select the types of inventory to gather

You can specify the type of inventory data to gather.

To select a detailed set of data, click Advanced.

When running on the target computer

The option Show progress opens a dialog box on the computer that is running the package. The dialog box displays the data classes that are gathered, and where the data is posted after the inventory is completed.

After running on the target computer

The option Keep the inventory cached for future comparisons lets you keep the inventory data cached so that you can compare the inventory data in the future. Inventory data comparisons are performed using command-line switches.

See Running stand-alone inventory packages on target computers

Send inventory data to

This option lets you specify where the inventory data is stored after it is gathered.

You can choose from the following options:

  • Notification Server

    You can use this option if the target computers can communicate with the Notification Server computer using HTTP (port 80 open) or HTTPS (port 443 open). When the package is run, the inventory data is automatically sent to the Notification Server computer.

    The URL that is used is displayed on the page.

  • Folder

    You can store the data on the local computer, on a share, or on the Notification Server computer. When the package is run, the inventory data is automatically saved on that share. Inventory data files are stored with an NSE extension.

    If target computers can access a shared folder on the Notification Server computer, you can store it directly on a share on the server.

    The Notification Server computer share to use with this option is:

    \\notification_server_name\NSCap\EvtInbox

    If the target computer cannot access the Notification Server computer, you can store the inventory data on the local computer. You can also store it on another computer that is not the Notification Server computer. You must then manually copy the files to the Notification Server computer.

    You may have to use this option for the following types of computers:

    • Computers that are not regularly attached to the network.

    • Computers that are outside the intranet that the Notification Server computer is on.

    You can specify a share or a path on the local computer. If you specify a local path, a folder is created on each target computer.

    For example, C:\Inventory_Data

    Inventory data files are stored with an NSE extension.

    You can also use environment variables when specifying the path to the folder.

    For example, \\IntermediateShare\%computername%

If standalone inventory fails to post the NSEs to the specified target (an HTTP or HTTPS location or a folder), it deletes the NSE, NSI, and BAK files from the following folders %programfiles%\Altiris\NSI and %programfiles%\Altiris\Inventory\Outbox.

When the standalone inventory runs next time, it recreates the inventory. The NSI and Outbox folders are removed if they are empty. This procedure ensures that the standalone inventory reports correct inventory to the Notification Server computer even if the users are running stand-alone inventory packages with the /SendChangedInventory command-line switch.

Advanced

You can configure advanced settings for running a stand-alone inventory package.