Friday, November 30, 2012 5:44 AM
I know this has been asked for every previous version but I am still not able to find the answer for version 7. Are we yet able to run re-occuring sheduled scans for the computer inventory?
I have come across several statements such as "The tool ran scheduled scans to account for computers that connected through the company’s virtual private network at various times throughout the week. The scanning period lasted approximately two weeks." and I swear I had a Mircosoft employee tell me the tool could do this over a year ago.
- Edited by J Rad Friday, November 30, 2012 6:01 AM
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 6:20 PMModerator
The inventory collection cannot be scheduled, only the performance data collection. Regarding the case study, I can only guess that they scheduled times to manually run MAP over a 2 week period or they mistakenly thought performance data collection was needed as a part of the inventory process. My suggestion for people with remote workers has always been to schedule a time with the remote workers to make sure they are connected and then run the tool at that time.
We are investigating what it would take to allow someone to schedule MAP to start an inventory at a preset time, but that still wouldn't address your question. The problem we face regarding what you are asking for is the fact that MAP is agentless, therefore there is nothing on the target machine to prompt it to "phone home" and let MAP know it is now on the network, so MAP would have no way of ever knowing that a machine is now connected and ready to be inventoried. For that, you would need to use an agent based system like System Center.
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