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About gathering agentless inventory

Inventory for Network Devices

Inventory for Network Devices lets you gather agentless inventory data from the discovered SNMP network devices such as computers, network printers, network-attached storage devices, and network backup devices. To gather inventory, agentless tasks run on discovered devices and report the data to Notification Server. The data is stored in the Configuration Management Database (CMDB). You can configure the automated tasks that are scheduled to run at regular intervals to keep your inventory data current.

See About Inventory for Network Devices

See Gathering agentless inventory

When you configure agentless inventory tasks, you specify the following:

  • Which devices to inventory

  • When to run the task

You can configure multiple tasks to meet your needs.

You can create and configure agentless inventory tasks in the following ways:

Creating a task with Agentless Inventory wizard.

The wizard guides you through the creation and configuration of agentless inventory tasks. You can later edit the advanced settings and schedules of a task on the task page.

See Creating agentless inventory tasks using the wizard

Creating a task manually

You can manually create tasks from the Agentless Inventory Tasks Web Part. This option lets you configure more advanced settings and schedules.

See Manually creating, scheduling, modifying, and stopping agentless inventory tasks

You can only gather inventory from the SNMP-enabled devices on your network that are already discovered. Run the Network Discovery task to discover your network devices and create resources for them in the CMDB. Make sure that the connection profile of the Network Discovery task has the SNMP turned on.

See About Network Discovery

Agentless inventory tasks use connection profiles to manage the protocols that are used to communicate with network devices. Connection profiles are components of the Symantec Management Platform. When a device is discovered, a resource for that device is created in the CMDB. The resource keeps a record of the protocols that were used to communicate with the device. When you use agentless inventory tasks, you do not specify a connection profile or protocols. Agentless inventory tasks automatically use the same protocols that were enabled when the device was discovered.

See Resource discovery methods