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How to Exclude Folders From Software Inventory

Updated: July 1, 2009

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

You can create a hidden file named Skpswi.dat and place it in the root of a client hard drive to exclude it from software inventory. You can also place this file in the root of any folder structure you want to exclude from software inventory. This procedure can be used to disable software inventory on a single workstation or server client, such as a large file server.

The Skpswi.dat file only prevents software inventory for computer clients and does not affect mobile device client inventory.

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Software inventory will not inventory the client drive again unless this file is deleted from the drive on the client computer.

To exclude folders from software inventory

  1. Using Notepad.exe, create an empty file named SkpSwi.dat.

  2. Right click the SkpSwi.dat file and click properties. In the file properties for the SkpSwi.dat file, select the Hidden attribute.

  3. Place the SkpSwi.dat file at the root of each client hard drive or folder structure that you wish to exclude from software inventory.

See Also

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
To contact the documentation team, email SMSdocs@microsoft.com.
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