This documentation supports the 21.3 (12.3) version of BMC Discovery.

Viewing a software instance

A software instance object in BMC Discovery represents an instance of a software entity running in the environment and often corresponds to one or more processes running on a host.

To view a software instance

  1. From the main menu, select Explore > Data. 
    The Infrastructure page opens.
  2. In the Software & Databases section, click Software Instances.
  3. Select a Software Instance from the list.

The following table lists information fields for a typical Software Instance.

Field name



Name of this software instance.


Type of software instance.

Configipedia Page

Associated Configipedia page link for this software instance. For more information, see #What is Configipedia?.

Instance Count

Number of identical software instances.

Full Version

The version of the software plus the build number.

Product Version

The version of the software.


The host on which this software is running.

Contains Software Components

Software components that this software instance contains.

Part of Application

The application that this software instance is a part of.


Links to the details node for the software instance.

Maintaining Pattern

The pattern used to create the software instance.

Primary processes

The primary process that identifies this software.

Data Completeness Issues

List of any missing fields.

What is Configipedia?

Configipedia is BMC's community website that facilitates knowledge sharing around BMC Discovery software patterns, how they function, and the real-world issues they help address. Configipedia also provides visibility of the Technology Knowledge Update release schedule and contents.

A link to Configipedia is provided for Software Instance nodes and Business Application Instance nodes that are maintained by BMC Discovery software patterns. For more information, see Viewing an application instance. A link to Configipedia is also provided in the detailed Pattern Module lists in the Knowledge Management section of the Discovery tab. For more information, see Viewing and editing a pattern module.

To run software instance reports

A number of context-sensitive reports are available for software instances. For more information and examples of these SI-related reports, see Software Instance Reports.

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