Edit panel

FlexNet Manager Suite (Cloud)

The edit panel consists of three main areas:

  • A properties section
  • An SQL script
  • A log message and result panel.

Properties section

Step name

This is the name of the step, and is shown on the step explorer as well as the top of the edit panel tab. It is best to choose a descriptive name to simplify future maintenance.


In disconnected mode (when the inventory adapter is running on your inventory beacon), some values are available for your custom inventory adapters, while others may appear only in factory-supplied adapters, as shown in the table below. DO NOT use these values in your custom adapters, as these steps are blocked (for security reasons) in disconnected mode, and using them will cause your inventory import to fail.

Value Step type Notes
ExecuteOnSource Custom SQL The SQL script will run on the source database.
ExecuteOnTarget Custom SQL

Factory use only. DO NOT modify. DO NOT use in custom inventory adapters.

GetVariableFromSource Custom SQL Allows you to declare, and get a value for, a custom SQL variable populated from the source database. This variable and its value are automatically in scope and available for all subsequent steps in this inventory adapter, alongside the standard variable ComplianceConnectionID.
SourceToObject Data Transfer The SQL script reads from the source database, and writes approved data directly to an intermediate package saved on the inventory beacon. A separate process uploads this intermediate package to the application server, where another scheduled process imports the data into the operations database. SourceToObject steps may only write to the predefined objects displayed in the Inventory Adapter Studio.
SourceToTarget Data Transfer

Factory use only. DO NOT modify. DO NOT use in custom inventory adapters.

TargetToSource Data Transfer

Factory use only. DO NOT modify. DO NOT use in custom inventory adapters.

Destination table

Do not use for inventory adapters running on your inventory beacon (that is, in disconnected mode). Factory-supplied standard adapters may display values in this field. Do not alter such an adapter.


This is the file name where the step is saved. In the templates it is specified for you, and has little impact on the execution of the adapter.

Step is optional

An optional step will not be executed by default when the Compliance Importer is run. The only example of this in the factory-supplied adapters is when file information that does not match the Application Recognition Library is returned. Use this when the data returned by the step is not needed for critical tasks.

Runs on full import

By default, adapters perform differential imports and only update computer records that have changed since the last import. The #RelevantComputers temporary table in the templates implements this feature. This flag is set for steps that are designed to override this functionality. The provided templates have one step with this option set, and causes all computers to be updated instead of the differential import.

Version from

This is the first version field, and it causes the step to only execute when the Version field in the toolbar equals the specified value or higher. The version format must be in the form.

Up to version/Before version

This is the second version field, and it causes the step to only execute when the Version field in the toolbar is less than the specified value (less than or equal in the case of Up to Version). The version format must be in the form.

SQL Script section

Run current script

This button executes the script for the current step. The SQL is executed and any result sets is displayed in the Result tab. You may execute multiple queries and return multiple result sets. You may execute parts of the script by selecting them before using the button.

Different step types execute on the following databases by default: for details, see the Execution field in the Properties section above.

There is a right-click menu available in the script edit panel that allows you to specify execution of the script on a different database.

Run from beginning

This button executes the adapter from the beginning up to the current step. Once the current step is reached, execution is terminated, but the database connections are left open so you can run queries to inspect database values as desired. The results will be in the Log Message tab.


This button stops an adapter that is in the process of running.

SQL Script

This area contains the SQL scripts that make up the adapter. They are used for gathering data and transferring it to the FlexNet Manager Suite database. The template adapter provided performs all the differential updates required to move the data into the final FlexNet Manager Suite tables. This script tab provides SQL syntax highlighting, and a special red underlined highlight that shows where you need to modify queries with your own data values.

Figure: Red underlined text should be replaced with your own database column and table names.

Log Message and Result panel

Log Message

The log message tab shows the results of executing the adapter. This is the same as the command line logging from the Compliance Importer. Look here for error messages. You can get more detail by setting the verbose tracing option on the toolbar.


This shows the results of highlighting a query in the SQL Script and pressing the Run Current Script button. Multiple results sets can be displayed.

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