Software inventory is the process of gathering software information from client computers in a Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 site. The information gathered can include data on the operating system, installed programs, and any files you want to inventory or collect. Configuration Manager 2007 stores this data in the site database, where you can use the information in queries to generate and view reports, or to build software-specific collections. For example, you can create a collection of all computers that are running Microsoft Windows® XP and that have Microsoft Office 2003 installed.
To enable and configure software inventory client agent settings for a site, you use the General tab of the software inventory client agent properties. For more information about enabling and configuring the software inventory client agent, see Software Inventory Client Agent Properties: General Tab.