Installing the FlexNet inventory agent

FlexNet Manager Suite 2022 R1 (On-Premises)

If you have chosen to install any of the UNIX-related collection patterns to enhance the inventory collection available through BMC Discovery, the FlexNet inventory agent must be copied either:

  • On to each UNIX-based machine that is a target for enhanced inventory collection; or
  • To a pre-configured NFS share that is accessible from each of the target UNIX-based machines.

In the following procedure, your choice of either of the above two locations is referred to as the ‘target location’.

(For background information about the FlexNet inventory agent, see The FlexNet inventory agent. For choosing between the collection patterns, see Optional Patterns. Further information about deploying the FlexNet inventory agent is available in the separate PDF file Gathering FlexNet Inventory.)
Tip: If you are also collecting FlexNet inventory in parallel with your use of information from BMC Discovery, it is possible that the FlexNet inventory agent may already be installed on target UNIX-based devices as part of that process. Check before undertaking the manual deployment outlined here.

To install the FlexNet inventory agent for UNIX collection patterns:

  1. Using the installations of either FlexNet Beacon, or application server, locate the subdirectory that contains the ndtrack files. The default location is C:\Program Files\Flexera Software\Inventory Beacon\RemoteExecution\Public\Inventory.
  2. From this folder, copy the two files and ndtrack.ini to the target location you selected above (that is, either to a pre-configured NFS file share, or to each target UNIX-based machine). The default location pre-configured in the .ini file is /opt/flexera/, but you may modify this as required.
    Important: The file path on all individual UNIX-based machines must be identical.
  3. Note the file path used (whether a file share, or the identical path used across all target devices) for entry into BMC Discovery when you are enabling the optional collection patterns (see Optional Patterns and following topics).

FlexNet Manager Suite (On-Premises)

2022 R1