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Scheduling custom inventory policies to run immediately once and on a recurring schedule later

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You can create a custom inventory policy with the custom schedule set according to your needs. The custom inventory policy does not run automatically as soon as possible (ASAP) after the custom schedule is created. The policy does not run automatically ASAP on any new computer that joins the target collection.

However, you can manually specify the two custom schedules that behave as follows:

  • The first schedule runs the policy once at the nearest time after the schedule is created on the current set of managed computers and on any new computer that joins the target collection later

  • The second schedule reruns the policy later at the predefined time.

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

See Preparing managed computers for inventory and metering

To schedule custom inventory policies to run immediately once and on a recurring schedule later

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

  2. In the left pane, click Discovery and Inventory > Inventory, and then, in the right pane, select the inventory policy that you want to schedule.

  3. Under Ensure my inventory is current, click Custom schedule.

  4. In the Edit Policy Schedule dialog box, select Use agent time for the time zone.

  5. To specify the schedule that runs the policy once immediately on the current set of managed computers and on any new computer that joins the target group later, perform the following steps in order

    • Click Add schedule > Scheduled time, and then specify the schedule that expires in the next few minutes.

      For example, if the current time is 7:50 A.M., set the schedule to 8:00 A.M.

    • Click No repeat, in the Repeat schedule dialog box, click No repeat, and then click OK.

  6. To specify the schedule that reruns the policy later at the predefined time, perform the following steps in order:

    • Click Add schedule > Scheduled time, and then specify the schedule

    • Click No repeat, in the Repeat schedule dialog box, specify the appropriate frequency, and then click OK.

  7. In the Edit Policy Schedule dialog box, click OK.

  8. Under Applies To/Compliance, define the set of managed computers to which you want to apply the policy.

  9. On the inventory policy page, turn on the policy.

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

  10. Click Save changes.

The next step is to wait for the client computers to receive the new policy and report the 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

More Information

How inventory policies work