How to Use Resource Explorer to View Software Inventory in Configuration Manager


Updated: May 14, 2015

Applies To: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP2, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1

Use Resource Explorer in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager to view information about software inventory that has been collected from computers in your hierarchy.


Resource Explorer will not display any inventory data until a software inventory cycle has run on the client you are connecting to.

Resource Explorer in Configuration Manager contains the following sections related to software inventory:

  • Software – The software section of Resource Explorer contains four sections:

    • Collected Files – Displays information about files that were collected during software inventory.

    • File Details – Displays information about files that were inventoried during software inventory that are not associated with a specific product or manufacturer.

    • Last Software Scan – Displays the date and time of the last software inventory and file collection that was run on the client computer.

    • Product Details – Displays information about the software products that were inventoried by software inventory, grouped by manufacturer.

Use the following procedure to run Resource Explorer in Configuration Manager.

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Assets and Compliance.

  2. In the Assets and Compliance workspace, click Devices or open any collection that displays devices.

  3. Click the computer containing the inventory that you want to view and then, in the Home tab, in the Devices group, click Start and then click Resource Explorer. The Resource Explorer window will open.

  4. You can right-click any item in the right-pane of the Resource Explorer window and then click Properties to open the <item name> Properties dialog box which can help you to view the collected inventory information in a more readable format.

  5. When you are finished, close the Resource Explorer window.