The query tool shows you all possible locations and some of these are specific to a platform. Package Manager tends to appear on linux/unix systems as the scanner uses a different source to get software info.
Add/Remove Programs is the list of applications registered in Add/Remove programs (as it was called) on windows. Tends to be what you would see if you went to uninstall a program with a few differences.
Product is LANDESK 'auto-detecting' applications generally by looking at the MSI database.
Package is the physical detection of files.
If you have Data Analytics you will get Licensed Software indicating software that would require licenses based on their product recognition database.
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The difference is more in what you want to report about the program.
Add/remove programs is just what is actually in the programs and features list, lot's of programs aren't in the program list.
Package is about the .exe's and can report about the properties of .exe and when monitored in SLM about the usage too.
Product about Msi's handy to find the uninstaller..
Hi, thanks for the replies. Sorry about the delay. I was doing my first 4,000 computer software deployment this week and had a LOT of tinkering, head scratching and a couple all nighters trying to get it all out in time without excuses. Only using Push instead of Policy Push, and restarting jobs over and over ended up getting it deployed.
I like the complexity of all the data that gets collected. I guessed the Add and Removed came from the registry. And Product came from somewhere else, but would include those that didn't have an Add or Remove component. I do remember being told once that Landesk did scan all the exe's. I didnt' know that's where I could get usage information. I definitely want that because I think our computer footprint is too large and a lot aren't being used. That could give me some data to deliver.