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Managing discovered devices

After successful scan, the Discovered Devices node provides the list of all devices without BMC Client Management agent.

This list shows all discovered devices independent of their function, such as servers, workstations, printers or game consoles.




The name of the scanned device. If no name is available the IP address will be displayed instead. The icon of the device will indicate the operating system of the device, that is, if it is a Windows, a Linux or a Mac device for discovered PCs and the type of device for any other type of hardware, etc, if it is a switch, a router, and so on.

IP Address

The IP address of the scanned device.

Topology Type

The topology type of the device, which in this case will either be Unmanaged Device or Scanned Device , if the device was already scanned.


This field displays the purpose type of the discovered device, that is, if it is a server, a workstation, a switch, a game console, and so on.

Operating System

The operating system running on the scanned device.

Virtual Guest Count

The number of virtual machines that are located on the discovered device.

Discovered By

The name of the scanner that discovered the device.

Discovery Date

The date and time at which it was discovered.

A discovered device is an unmanaged device scanned by the Asset Discovery Scanner for its assets. It displays the information found as usual in the form of tabs and subnodes.

The following information can be collected for unmanaged devices:

  • General information displayed on the device's General tab.
  • Inventory information which can be found under the respective nodes:
    • Connectivity inventory displayed in the device's Connectivity node.
    • Custom inventory displayed in the device's Custom node.
    • Hardware inventory displayed in the device's Hardware Inventory node.
    • Software inventory displayed in the device's Software Inventory node.

To roll out agent to a discovered device

You can select in this list of scanned devices a number of them that do not yet have the BMC Client Management agent installed and create a new agent rollout to directly install the agent on them. Be aware, that this shortcut only works for devices on which no agent is yet installed, you cannot upgrade the agent this way.

  1. Select the target device(s) in the table in the right window pane.
  2. Click Edit> Agent Rollout .
    The Agent Rollout Wizard appears.
  3. Follow the instructions in the wizard and provide the required information. For more details on the wizard and its parameters refer to the Automatically Rolling out the CM agent via the Wizard section.
  4. Click Finish to confirm all choices in the wizard and launch the rollout as scheduled.

To view inventory of a discovered device

The inventory for a device is accessed through the device's Inventory subnode. It provides access to all different types of inventory that can be collected for a device.

Its information displays via its tabs:

The specific inventory information can be accessed via the respective subnodes:

  • Connectivity Inventory: The Connectivity for a discovered asset is only available if the asset is a hardware that can be contacted via SNMP and is able to connect other hardware devices, for example, if it is a router, a switch, and so on. This inventory then displays the hardware connections of this asset.
  • Custom Inventory: The Custom Inventory for an unconnected or a discovered device provides the same data and information as for any other device in the network. Contrary to other inventory types, however, it is not collected remotely by an agent, it must be directly created in the device's console view. For more information about how to create the custom inventory of a device and its possibilities refer to the Custom Inventory topic.
  • Hardware Inventory: The Hardware Inventory for an unconnected or discovered device provides the same data and information as for any other device in the network. For more information about the hardware inventory of a device refer to the Hardware Inventory topic.
  • Software Inventory: The Software Inventory for an unconnected or discovered device provides the same data and information as for any other device in the network. For more information about the software inventory of a device refer to the Software Inventory topic.

To view inventory status

The Inventory node displays the following information about the different types of inventory available for the currently selected device. This tab is not available if no inventories can be generated due to license restrictions.




The fields of this column list the available types of inventory.

Last Update

The date and time the respective inventory type was last updated.


This field displays the license status for the inventory type, that is, if it is exceeded or expired. If the field is empty the license is valid. This field is applicable if no inventory has yet been generated. If the license is not valid this type of inventory cannot be generated for the respective device.

To purge inventory

All other inventory types can be purged. All inventory data will be deleted in this case. This operation is also taken into account by the Inventory license which will then be incremented again. If the device for which the inventory is purged does not have a BCM agent installed, that is, it is of topology type Scanned Device, not only the inventory will be purged but the device itself will be deleted from the BCM database. To purge a device and all its connected data from the database, proceed as follows:

  1. Select the inventory to purge from the list in the left window pane.
  2. Select the Edit > Purge .
    A confirmation window appears.
  3. Click Yes to confirm and delete all hardware inventory data.
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