How to Configure 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 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 Deploy Custom Client Settings.

To configure software inventory

  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.