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Inventory Types and Licenses

The BMC Client Management - Inventory requires a specific license, which is based on the number of devices being audited via agentless or agent based methods. Not all types of inventory in CM are subject to the inventory licenses, because they belong to a specific functionality such as the patch management they are subject to the license of the functionality as explained below. If the license is exceeded no more inventories for devices will be integrated into the master database.

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For a detailed list of attributes scanned by BMC Client Management inventory, see the attached BMC Client Management Attribute List.

The following different types of inventories are available and depending on the type subject to specific licenses:

Inventory Type and License

Description

Connectivity (Inventory license)

This type of inventory is generated via an asset discovery scan of the network and displays the asset to which a device is physically connected. This type of inventory is only available if the device is a hardware that can be contacted via SNMP and can connect other hardware devices, for example, a router, a switch, and so on.

Hardware Inventory (Inventory license)

BMC Client Management - Inventory proposes both a standard basic set of hardware inventory data (CPU, OS, memory, disks, ports, etc.) and a WMI-based (Windows Management Instrumentation) inventory for Windows only.On Windows clients the inventory data can be filtered on the agent side to limit the amount of data displayed. These filters are defined in a specific .xml file which can be edited and is distributable from the console or can be accessed upon request from the agent for updates. They enable or disable specific hardware inventory attributes and allows you to modify attribute names and values according to your requirements.

Software Inventory (Inventory license)

The software inventory displays a single list of all software packages found on the remote device. The list is generated by the agent and uploaded into the database at regular intervals. As with the other inventory information, all entries are stored in the database to be available even if the actual device is off-line.

Custom (Inventory license)

The CM agent compiles custom inventory objects of a remote client for inspection by the administrator. This is based on a periodically generated Custom Inventory list. In addition to the list objects and object instances can be added to the custom inventory locally through the console. If an object is added twice, once manually through the console and via the list, the entry defined by the list will take precedence.

Security Settings Inventory (Inventory license)

The Security Settings Inventory node of the console displays a list of all security objects which are verified and collected through the operational rule steps on the remote device. The list is generated by the agent and uploaded into the database at the defined intervals. As with the other inventory information, all entries are stored in the database to be available even if the actual device is off-line.This type of inventory is not applicable to Mac OS X.

Power Management Inventory (Power Management license)

The Power Management Inventory in BMC Client Management - Inventory is a type of custom inventory, for which the agent verifies and collects specific device parameters through the operational rule steps on the remote device. This is based on a periodically generated Power Management Inventory list. The list is generated by the agent and uploaded into the database at the defined intervals. As with the other inventory information, all entries are stored in the database to be available even if the actual device is off-line. For more information about this type of inventory refer to the Power Management topic.This type of inventory is only applicable to Windows systems.

Patch Inventory (Patch Management license)

The CM agent compiles an inventory type called Patch Inventory. This operation compares the list of patches and service packs installed on the device with the list of available patches provided by the ConfigFiles. The resulting patch inventory displays the difference between these lists, that is, all patches and service packs which are available for the device but are not yet installed. For more information about this type of inventory refer to the Patch Inventory topic. This type of inventory is only applicable to Windows systems.

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