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About inventory policies and tasks

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You can configure inventory policies and tasks that you want to run on managed computers.

Symantec recommends that you use policies, not tasks, for recurring inventory activities.

When you schedule an inventory policy, it runs on the schedule irrespective of whether any maintenance window is open. When you schedule an inventory task on a set of computers and do not select the Override Maintenance Window option, and the same set of computers has a maintenance window enabled, the task waits for the maintenance window to open.

When you turn on an inventory policy, it automatically runs on any new computer that is a member of the target group.

See How inventory policies work

To use inventory policies or tasks, you must install the Inventory Plug-in on target computers.

See Preparing managed computers for inventory and metering

You can use inventory policies and tasks in the following ways:

Turn on predefined policies or clone and configure existing policies.

A number of predefined policies are provided to help simplify inventory gathering. You can use predefined policies as they are or modify them to fit your needs. If you want to modify a predefined policy, Symantec recommends that you clone the original policy and then modify the copy.

See Gathering inventory with predefined inventory policies

Create and configure your own policies or tasks.

You can create your own policies or tasks and configure them to meet your needs.

You can also create and use inventory tasks. However, in most cases, you want to limit them to the automated tasks that are used in a workflow.

Symantec recommends that you use policies, not tasks, for the recurring processes.

See Creating and configuring inventory policies and tasks