Custom inventory of a device group
The BCM agent can also compile 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.
The Custom Inventory list is an xml file which is editable by the administrator and can then be transferred to all clients in the network. The generation of the custom inventory list is based on a number of parameters which are set in its configuration file, CustomInventory.ini .
The Custom Inventory node of the console displays a list of all custom defined objects on the remote device. Contrary to the hardware and software inventory the custom inventory is generated via operational rule steps and their schedule. Any available inventory data is uploaded to the master once a day by default if not specified differently by a rule step. As with the other inventory information, all entries are stored in the database to be available even if the actual device is off-line. By default the custom inventory is not generated.