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Software Use Analysis Catalog Customization (P-II)

Hi and welcome again to the second series of IBM Endpoint Manager for software use analysis (SUA) catalog customization series. In my previous blog post I’ve explained about the steps that need to be follow for a catalog customization, you can read the previous post here. Today I’m going give a pictorial demonstration of catalog customization.

I’ve recently installed Vypress chat in my network and now I want to check whether the software product is detected or not. Just follow the simple steps. First log in to SUA.

To check whether it is reported search in software catalog from the home page

1ST

As we can see that there are variety of searching criteria are provided with in software catalog as show in above picture:

  • Publisher
  • Software Product
  • Software Versions
  • Software Releases
  • Software Components
  • Signature

Let’s just start searching for a Vypress, if it is available in the catalog and not available in the software installation reports then there must be some sort of problems in my system and if the software is not available in the software catalog then I need to add create its signature in the catalog.

2ND

 

As shown in above picture the Vypress chat is not available in the current catalog. Now we have to add signatures for it. To find information about installed product in our infrastructure use “Scanned file data report”.

To avoid detailed information of installed software click configure view button and add filters. Here I used two filters (Computer name and File path) and click submit to view results.

4TH

As we can see that entries are found with scanned file data report. Now we need to create signatures for it. Click an arrow sign next to the file name and click create signature

5TH

As we can see in the below picture that some of the fields are already filled in based on the scanned file data.

6TH

We need to provide the publisher name, product name and release number  and click submit.

7TH

Information about the created signature will be displayed

8TH

Now we’re done with creating signature let’s move forward to add information about the package data to increase the accuracy of our signature. To view data click reports tab on the upper corner and select “Package Data” report and again click configure view and apply filters to it. Here I’ve applied two filters for searching (Computer Name and Package Name).

9TH

The entry is found for package information to add information in the signature, click the management tab on the upper corner and select catalog customization. Add the information and click Save.

10TH

To verify that whether signature detects the software or not we need to run an import so that the data from the computers can be checked against the new content of the software catalog. Let me share the results after my import.

11TH

This is it, we’ve done editing the catalog. Now you can further check reports of software inventory and software installation. I hope that you people have enjoyed this blog series of SUA catalog customization. Feel free to ask questions.

 

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