Core Deployment: Details

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This chapter provides great detail about the FlexNet inventory core components when you deploy them to target Windows devices using the third-party (or non-FlexNet) deployment technology of your choice.

Even though the same components can be invoked, this approach is a quite different method from the FlexNet Inventory Scanner approach:
FlexNet inventory core components FlexNet Inventory Scanner

You deploy and install the components you need (presumably only once per version).

A self-installing executable installs the tracker (or, on UNIX-like platforms, a shell script installs the correct version of the tracker for the target operating system). This installation process is repeated for every invocation of the FlexNet Inventory Scanner.

You schedule invocation of the components with your preferred scheduling tool.

The tracker is invoked automatically immediately upon installation.

After execution, the components remain in place awaiting the next invocation.

After execution, the tracker is automatically uninstalled. The FlexNet Inventory Scanner remains available to repeat the cycle when required.

In this configuration, and given appropriate command lines, the FlexNet inventory core components are capable of collecting hardware and software inventory from a target device, and uploading it to a location specified in the command line. This configuration is helpful when you want to take full control of deployment, scheduling, agent updates, and the like, using your existing processes and technologies. (For details of the distinct use cases, refer back to Understanding What, Where, How, and Why.)

This document provides a consistent set of data (as far as possible) across all the different use cases, each in its own chapter. This means that, once you have chosen your preferred use case, you can focus only on the details for that one, and ignore all other use case chapters.

In addition to the distinct chapters for the different use cases, you should also review the subsequent chapter on functionality that is common throughout. This is followed by detailed reference material on command lines, preferences, file formats, and the like.

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