Inventory Management steps

This group contains all steps concerned with inventory management, such as the upload or update of any type of inventory.

Clean Custom Inventory

This step allows you to delete entries in the custom inventory. Be aware that you need access to the CustomInventory.xml on the device to be cleaned as the values to be entered into the fields of the step are those of the .xml file.

Parameter

Description

Object Type

The value <OBJECT type="<value>"> of the entry/entries to be deleted from the .xml file. As there may be several objects of the same type with different names all entries of this type will be deleted if you do not specify the respective name in the field below. It is possible to use the wildcard characters ? for a single letter and * for several letters.

Object Name

The value <OBJECT name="<value>"> of the entry/entries to be deleted from the .xml file. As there may be several objects with the same name of different types all entries of this name will be deleted if you do not specify the respective type in the field above. It is possible to use the wildcard characters ? for a single letter and * for several letters.

Delete All

Check this box if all entries of a specific name or type in the inventory are to be deleted.

Clean Security Settings Inventory

This step deletes entries in the inventory for security settings. Be aware that you need access to the SecurityInventory.xml on the device to be cleaned as the values to be entered into the fields of the step are those of the .xml file.

Parameter

Description

Object Type

The value <OBJECT type=”<value>”> of the entry/entries to be deleted from the .xml file. As there may be several objects of the same type with different names all entries of this type will be deleted if you do not specify the respective name in the field below. It is possible to use the wildcard characters ? for a single letter and * for several letters.

Object Name

The value <OBJECT name=”<value>”> of the entry/entries to be deleted from the .xml file. As there may be several objects with the same name of different types all entries of this name will be deleted if you do not specify the respective type in the field above. It is possible to use the wildcard characters ? for a single letter and * for several letters.

Delete All

Check this box if all entries of a specific name or type in the security settings inventory are to be deleted.

Update Custom Inventory

This step uploads the list of devices discovered by the local agent to the master and other devices.

Parameter

Description

Configuration File

Specifies the location and name of the custom inventory .xml file. This file defines all attributes and values which is recovered from the remote clients to set up the custom inventory. The path to the file may be entered as a local path or as a URL such as _

ftp://master/custominventory.xml_

. The path is relative to the agent configuration file. You may modify the entry, but be aware, that if you wrongly modify, the custom inventory may not longer work.

Upload after update

Defines whether the resulting inventory should be uploaded immediately after being updated. If the box is left unchecked the inventory is not uploaded immediately.

Force Upload

Defines if the requested inventory is sent regardless of whether it has changed since the last upload. If the box is checked the inventory is uploaded, if it is unchecked the requested inventory is only uploaded if it has changed. The Force Upload option can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Differential Upload

Specifies if the inventory is to be completely replaced which each upload when differences are detected or only with the delta, that is, the modifications of the inventory.

Bypass Transfer Window

Check this box to bypass the transfer window defined for the device. This means that the upload takes place immediately without taking into account any bandwidth definitions. It can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Update CustomInventory.xml File

This step either updates an existing XML object/attribute pair in the CustomInventory.xml file or adds it as a new set of XML tags.

Parameter

Description

Object Name

Defines the name of the object to be modified or added. In the Custom Inventory Attribute view this corresponds to the Instance Name value, i.e., Monitor1 for the Screen Information attribute. In the .xml file this value corresponds to tag element <OBJECT type="<object type name>" name="<object name>"> .

Object Type

Specifies the name of the object type. In the .xml file this corresponds to the tag <OBJECT type="<object type name>" , for example, <OBJECT type="Monitor" . The type name in this example will be translated if a translation exists, for example, for this example in the Custom Inventory view the type name Monitor corresponds to the Name value of the Attributes tab: Screen Information .

Attribute Name

Defines the name of the attribute to be modified or added. In the .xml file this corresponds to the tag <ATTRIBUTE name="<Attribute Name>" , for example, <ATTRIBUTE name="SerialNumber" . This value is also translated if a translation exists and corresponds to the column header of the table in the Attributes tab.

Attribute Value

The new value of the attribute to modify to or to be added. In the .xml file this corresponds to the tag <ATTRIBUTE name="<Attribute Name>", e.g., <ATTRIBUTE name="SerialNumber". This value is also translated if a translation exists and corresponds to the column header of the table in the Attributes tab.

Update Hardware Inventory

This step launches an update the hardware inventory of the device.

Parameter

Description

Configuration File

Defines the path of the hardware inventory configuration file. The path is relative to the agent configuration file. You may modify the entry, but be aware that if you wrongly modify the inventory may no longer work.

Upload after update

Defines whether the resulting inventory should be uploaded immediately after being updated. If the box is left unchecked the inventory is not uploaded immediately.

Force Upload

Defines if the requested inventory is sent regardless of whether it has changed since the last upload. If the box is checked the inventory is uploaded, if it is unchecked the requested inventory is only uploaded if it has changed. The Force Upload option can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Differential Upload

Specifies if the inventory is to be completely replaced which each upload when differences are detected or only with the delta, that is, the modifications of the inventory.

Bypass Transfer Window

Check this box to bypass the transfer window defined for the device. This means that the upload takes place immediately without taking into account any bandwidth definitions. It can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Update Security Settings Inventory

This step launches an update of the security settings inventory of the device.

Parameter

Description

Configuration File

Defines the path of the security settings inventory configuration file for example, ../data/SecurityInventory/SecurityInventory.xml . The path is relative to the agent configuration file. You may modify the entry, but be aware that if you wrongly modify the security settings inventory may no longer work.

Upload after update

Defines whether the resulting inventory should be uploaded immediately after being updated. If the box is left unchecked the inventory is not uploaded immediately.

Force Upload

Defines if the requested inventory is sent regardless of whether it has changed since the last upload. If the box is checked the inventory is uploaded, if it is unchecked the requested inventory is only uploaded if it has changed. The Force Upload option can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Differential Upload

Specifies if the inventory is to be completely replaced which each upload when differences are detected or only with the delta, that is, the modifications of the inventory.

Bypass Transfer Window

Check this box to bypass the transfer window defined for the device. This means that the upload takes place immediately without taking into account any bandwidth definitions. It can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Update Security Products Inventory

The step allows you to update the security products inventory of the device.

Parameter

Description

Configuration File

Specifies the location and name of the security products inventory .xml file. This file defines all attributes and values which is recovered from the remote clients to set up the custom inventory. The path to the file may be entered as a local path or as a URL such as _

ftp://master/securityproductsinventory.xml_

. The path is relative to the agent configuration file. You may modify the entry, but be aware, that if you wrongly modify, the security products inventory may not longer work.

Upload after update

Defines whether the resulting inventory should be uploaded immediately after being updated. If the box is left unchecked the inventory is not uploaded immediately.

Force Upload

Defines if the requested inventory is sent regardless of whether it has changed since the last upload. If the box is checked the inventory is uploaded, if it is unchecked the requested inventory is only uploaded if it has changed. The Force Upload option can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Differential Upload

Specifies if the inventory is to be completely replaced which each upload when differences are detected or only with the delta, that is, the modifications of the inventory.

Bypass Transfer Window

Check this box to bypass the transfer window defined for the device. This means that the upload takes place immediately without taking into account any bandwidth definitions. It can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Additional Anti-Virus Data

Check this box to collect advanced data on installed anti-virus software products (virus definition file date, etc.) and upload them to the Security Products Inventory.

Additional Firewall Data

Check this box to collect advanced data on installed firewall software products (firewall status) and upload them to the Security Products Inventory.

Additional Anti-Spyware Data

Check this box to collect advanced data on installed anti-spyware software products (anti-spyware definition file date, etc.) and upload them to the Security Products Inventory.

Additional Browsers Data

Check this box to collect advanced data on installed browser software products (CERT compliance, etc.) and upload them to the Security Products Inventory.

Update Software Inventory

This step launches an update of the security settings inventory of the device.

Parameter

Description

Configuration File

Defines the path of the software inventory configuration file. The path is relative to the agent configuration file, for example, ../data/SoftwareInventory/swinvcfg.xml . You may modify the entry, but be aware that if you wrongly modify the software inventory may no longer work.

File Extensions to Scan

Enter into this field the file extensions which are to be scanned to create the list of installed software applications, examples are com,exe,bat ,...

Included Directories

If you are only scanning Scan Add/Remove Programs but you also want to inventory the applications installed for a user, you must enter here the directory in which they are installed, for example c:/users for Windows 7 systems.

Excluded Directories

Enter the directories which are NOT to be scanned to create the list of installed software applications. The separator character between a list of directories is a comma (,). You can also enter the path to the directories as an environment variable enclosed in ${}.

Scan Hidden Directories

Check or uncheck this box to define if hidden directories are to be scanned for the software inventory update.

Scan Hidden Files

Check this box to scan hidden files for the software inventory update.

Scan Add/Remove Programs

Check or uncheck this box to define if registry entries for the Add/Remove Programs are to be scanned and added for the software inventory update.

Scan MSI Database

Check or uncheck this box to define if the MSI Windows database is to be scanned for the software inventory update.

Upload after update

Defines whether the resulting inventory should be uploaded immediately after being updated. If the box is left unchecked the inventory is not uploaded immediately.

Force Upload

Defines if the requested inventory is sent regardless of whether it has changed since the last upload. If the box is checked the inventory is uploaded, if it is unchecked the requested inventory is only uploaded if it has changed. The Force Upload option can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Differential Upload

Specifies if the inventory is to be completely replaced which each upload when differences are detected or only with the delta, that is, the modifications of the inventory.

Bypass Transfer Window

Check this box to bypass the transfer window defined for the device. This means that the upload takes place immediately without taking into account any bandwidth definitions. It can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Update and Upload the Local Virtual Infrastructure Inventory

This step allows to update and upload the virtual infrastructure inventory of all virtual machines that are hosted on the device.

Parameter

Description

Force Upload

Defines if the requested inventory is sent regardless of whether it has changed since the last upload. If the box is checked the inventory is uploaded, if it is unchecked the requested inventory is only uploaded if it has changed.

Upload Agent Identity

This step forces an upload of the identity of the agent to the master. The agent regularly uploads its identity according to the parameters defined in the identity configuration file. In special circumstances, however, it might be necessary to force an upload of the agent identity, for example, when agents were rolled out or changed location and there has been a data loss in the network, such as a broken down relay.

No parameters need to be defined for this step.

Upload Asset Discovery Results

This step uploads the inventory of a remote agentless device to the master.

No parameters need to be defined for this step.

Upload AutoDiscovery List

This step uploads the list of devices discovered by the local agent to the master and other devices.

Parameter

Description

Bypass Transfer Window

Check this box to bypass the transfer window defined for the device. This means that the upload takes place immediately without taking into account any bandwidth definitions. It can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Upload AutoDiscovery Objects

Defines if the objects discovered by the AutoDiscovery are uploaded.

Upload Custom Inventory

This step uploads the list of devices discovered by the local agent to the master and other devices.

Parameter

Description

Bypass Transfer Window

Check this box to bypass the transfer window defined for the device. This means that the upload takes place immediately without taking into account any bandwidth definitions. It can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Differential Upload

Specifies if the inventory is to be completely replaced which each upload when differences are detected or only with the delta, that is, the modifications of the inventory.

Force Upload

Defines if the requested inventory is sent regardless of whether it has changed since the last upload. If the box is checked the inventory is uploaded, if it is unchecked the requested inventory is only uploaded if it has changed. The Force Upload option can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Upload Hardware Inventory

This step uploads the list of devices discovered by the local agent to the master and other devices.

Parameter

Description

Bypass Transfer Window

Check this box to bypass the transfer window defined for the device. This means that the upload takes place immediately without taking into account any bandwidth definitions. It can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Differential Upload

Specifies if the inventory is to be completely replaced which each upload when differences are detected or only with the delta, that is, the modifications of the inventory.

Force Upload

Defines if the requested inventory is sent regardless of whether it has changed since the last upload. If the box is checked the inventory is uploaded, if it is unchecked the requested inventory is only uploaded if it has changed. The Force Upload option can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Upload Security Settings Inventory

This step uploads the list of devices discovered by the local agent to the master and other devices.

Parameter

Description

Bypass Transfer Window

Check this box to bypass the transfer window defined for the device. This means that the upload takes place immediately without taking into account any bandwidth definitions. It can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Differential Upload

Specifies if the inventory is to be completely replaced which each upload when differences are detected or only with the delta, that is, the modifications of the inventory.

Force Upload

Defines if the requested inventory is sent regardless of whether it has changed since the last upload. If the box is checked the inventory is uploaded, if it is unchecked the requested inventory is only uploaded if it has changed. The Force Upload option can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Upload Security Products Inventory

The step allows you to upload the security products inventory of the device to the master.

Parameter

Description

Force Upload

Defines if the requested inventory is sent regardless of whether it has changed since the last upload. If the box is checked the inventory is uploaded, if it is unchecked the requested inventory is only uploaded if it has changed. The Force Upload option can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Differential Upload

Specifies if the inventory is to be completely replaced which each upload when differences are detected or only with the delta, that is, the modifications of the inventory.

Bypass Transfer Window

Check this box to bypass the transfer window defined for the device. This means that the upload takes place immediately without taking into account any bandwidth definitions. It can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Upload Software Inventory

This step uploads the list of devices discovered by the local agent to the master and other devices.

Parameter

Description

Bypass Transfer Window

Check this box to bypass the transfer window defined for the device. This means that the upload takes place immediately without taking into account any bandwidth definitions. It can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Differential Upload

Specifies if the inventory is to be completely replaced which each upload when differences are detected or only with the delta, that is, the modifications of the inventory.

Force Upload

Defines if the requested inventory is sent regardless of whether it has changed since the last upload. If the box is checked the inventory is uploaded, if it is unchecked the requested inventory is only uploaded if it has changed. The Force Upload option can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

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