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Running a targeted software inventory

Inventory Solution

This type of inventory is for Windows computers only.

Targeted software inventory determines whether specific software is installed on managed computers. To find the software, it uses the software resource and detection rule information that is defined in the Software Catalog.

See About targeted software inventory

Before you perform this step, ensure that you have prepared the managed computers for inventory.

See Preparing managed computers for inventory and metering

To run a targeted software inventory

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu, click Policies.

  2. In the left pane, expand Discovery and Inventory.

  3. Right-click Targeted Software Inventory, and then click New > Targeted Software Inventory.

  4. On the New Targeted Software Inventory page, do the following

    Policy name

    Type a name for this policy.

    Because the description does not always appear, make the name descriptive enough to easily identify this policy.

    Add description

    Type a description to further identify this policy.

  5. Under Software to inventory section, on the toolbar, click Select Software.

  6. In the Select Software dialog box, in the Available software list, click one or more software resources, add them to the Selected software list, and then click OK.

  7. To edit the detection rule for a software resource, under the Software to inventory, click the software resource, and then click Edit Rule.

  8. On the policy page, expand the Schedule section, and then configure the policy schedule.

  9. Expand the Applied to section, and then click the managed computers that you want to apply the policy to.

  10. Turn on the policy.

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

  11. Click Save changes.

The next step is to wait for the client computers to receive the new policy and report the inventory results, and then view the data that is stored in the Configuration Management Database (CMDB).

See Viewing inventory data in reports

See Viewing inventory data in the Resource Manager

See Viewing inventory data in Computers and Software views