3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 27, 2015 2:46 PM by benjones

    In a computer's Software Inventory, what's the difference between...

    Apprentice

      I'm making a query to see what computers have a specific software installed to help with deployment verification.  And another to see which ones do not so we can schedule a deployment.  But I'm not quite sure what the difference between some of the categories in  Machine Component tree.  I'm using Landesk Management Console 9.6.0 without the Inventory add-on.

       

      In Computer -> Software, what's the difference between..

       

      Add or Remove programs -> Program

      Package Manager -> Package

      Product

       

      Where does the inventory scanner find this information?

       

      Right now I've used the GUID field in the Product category.  I've used "like" in the name fields in either Add or Remove programs -> Program or Product.  They seem at first glance to be the same.

       

      Thank you.

        • 1. Re: In a computer's Software Inventory, what's the difference between...
          MarXtar ITSMMVPGroup

          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.

           

          Mark McGinn

          MarXtar Ltd/MarXtar Corporation

          http://landeskone.marxtar.co.uk

          LANDESK One Development Partner

           

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          • 2. Re: In a computer's Software Inventory, what's the difference between...
            Specialist

            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..

            • 3. Re: In a computer's Software Inventory, what's the difference between...
              Apprentice

              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.