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How to Configure Software Inventory in Configuration Manager

Updated: May 1, 2012

Applies To: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Use the following steps to configure System Center 2012 Configuration Manager software inventory for your site.

This procedure configures the default client settings for software inventory and will apply to all the computers in your hierarchy. If you want these settings to apply to only some computers, create a custom device client setting and assign it to a collection that contains the computers that you want to use software inventory. For more information about how to create custom device settings, see How to Create and Assign Custom Client Settings.

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Administration.

  2. In the Administration workspace, click Client Settings.

  3. Click Default Client Settings.

  4. On the Home tab, in the Properties group, click Properties.

  5. In the Default Settings dialog box, click Software Inventory.

  6. In the Device Settings list, configure the following values:

    • Enable software inventory on clients – From the drop-down list, select True.

    • Schedule software inventory and file collection schedule – Configures the interval at which clients collect software inventory and files. Use the default value of 7 days or click Schedule to configure a custom interval.

  7. Configure the client settings that you require. For a list of software inventory client settings that you can configure, see the Software Inventory section in the About Client Settings in Configuration Manager topic.

  8. Click OK to close the Configure Client Setting dialog box.

Client computers will be configured with these settings when they next download client policy. To initiate policy retrieval for a single client, see the Initiate Policy Retrieval for a Configuration Manager Client section in the How to Manage Clients in Configuration Manager topic.

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for Configuration Manager.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. For instructions and examples, see Search the Configuration Manager Documentation Library.
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