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BMC Atrium Product Catalog and Definitive Media Library

The Product Catalog provides a normalized reference of software, hardware, and other types of products and their characteristics.

The main purposes of the Product Catalog are to specify which products are allowed in your environment and to define how instances of those products are represented in BMC Atrium CMDB by providing the desired name and categorization values to the Normalization Engine.

The Product Catalog enhances the accuracy of BMC discovery products by uniquely identifying a product, regardless of installed name or location. Any application can use the Product Catalog to identify a single name for a software application and its versions, which in turn supports license compliance and provisioning. The Product Catalog is used to normalize discovered data-both the name and categorization of software products.

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Managing the Product Catalog

Learning about normalization

Learning about the product catalog

Categorization

The Product Catalog is a library of all the products available to an organization. It defines the products and its attributes, such as name, manufacturer, version, and categories. Before discovery tools create or update CIs in BMC Atrium CMDB, they verify the product information in the Product Catalog.

The Product Catalog includes product characteristics that enhance the accuracy of BMC discovery products by uniquely identifying a package regardless of installed name or location.

The Definitive Media Library (DML) is a subset, or filter, of the Product Catalog that represents software products that are marked as approved for use in an organization. The DML defines the files and suites associated with each product, and it specifies the location of the master copies that are used to install the software products.

The Definitive Hardware Library (DHL) is a subset, or filter, of the Product Catalog that represents hardware products that are marked as approved for use in an organization.

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