Systems Management Server (SMS) can extract software inventory data directly from files (such as .exe files), using the file header information, on clients. SMS can also inventory "unknown" files — files that do not have detailed information in their headers — which provides your site with a flexible, easy-to-maintain software inventory method. You can also have SMS collect copies of files that you specify.
To configure software inventory for a site, you use the Software Inventory Client Agent Properties dialog box in Site Settings. To view software inventory for a client, use Resource Explorer.
Configure Software Inventory for a Site
View Client Software Inventory
How SMS Collects Software Inventory
About Software Inventory
About Scheduling Inventory
About Software Inventory on Multi-Site Clients
About Recollecting Complete Software Inventory on a Client
About Running Software Inventory When Disk Space Is Low
About Disabling Software Inventory
Managing Inventory Overview