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Managing inventory filters

During the collection process, hardware and software inventory lists are passed a number of times through a "translation" process, which converts executable file names and sizes into information about the hardware/software package, such as the name of the manufacturer, the version number and the type of application. These translation rules are stored in XML formatted text files on the individual clients. The files are specific in their schema for either hardware ( hwinvcfg.xml ) or software ( swinvcfg.xml ). The Inventory Filters node provides the administrator with a tool to manage these files directly for individual or groups of devices without actually having to edit the xml file itself.

All inventory filters created via the console are stored on the master in its file system in the <MASTER_INSTALL_DIR>/data/InventoryFilter/hw and <MASTER_INSTALL_DIR>/data/InventoryFilter/sw directories. When they are assigned to a device the file will be copied to the target and replace the currently existing XML file.

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Saving inventory filters

Any changes made to a hardware inventory filter must be saved before selecting another node, otherwise they are lost. Saving in this case means to upload the changes to the master server and the database. The operation in this node saves all modifications made to the WMI Filters and the Cleaning Filters. To save the changes, proceed as follows:

  1. Select the Hardware Inventory Filter in the left window pane.
  2. Click Edit > Save .

The modifications will be saved and uploaded to the master.

Reverting to saved filter

You can also revert to the last saved version of the currently selected inventory filter to abandon all modifications made up to this point. To do so, proceed as follows:

  1. Select the Hardware Inventory Filter to be reloaded in the left window pane.
  2. Click Edit > Revert to Saved .

The filter is reloaded in its last saved version and all modifications are lost.

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