Managing software list settings

The Manage software list tool (Tools > Reporting / Monitoring > Manage software list) has a settings branch where you can adjust inventory scan behavior.


Add text files that you want the inventory scanner to gather from managed devices and store in the database. Starting the text file path with a backslash makes the inventory scanner look at each local drive for the file. If you only want a specific drive searched, include the drive letter in the path.

These files will be visible in the device inventory under Configuration files, which as at the inventory tree root. The scanner also gathers the file date, size, and path. Double-clicking File data shows the Attribute properties dialog box, and clicking the Extended value tab shows the file contents.

Text file contents aren't queryable.


DataFileExtensions lists the extensions that will be scanned for inclusion in a computer software report. This information can be found under the Software.Data Files database attribute and will include the file name, path, file date, and file size


ScanExtensions lists the extensions that will be searched for. Regardless of what is entered in the Applications section, if the extension of the file is not listed here, the application will not be found.


MultimediaExtensions lists the extensions that will be scanned for inclusion in a computer software report. This information can be found under the Multimedia database attribute and will include the total number of multimedia file, the extensions found and how much diskspace is being used for multimedia files.

Ignored MACs

Ignored MACs is a space delimited list of up to 40 MAC addresses that the scanner should not consider as a candidate when choosing an address to be used for identification. This is the address assigned to "Network - NIC Address" and is used on the core to identify duplicate device ID's. The addresses in this list must match EXACTLY with addresses found in the "Bound Adapter" section of a scan file. For this reason, it is best to copy these addresses from a scan file.

A typical address to ignore is the one that is consistent between machines for VPN client.

This example is for a 64 bit Cisco VPN client

Ignored MACs=00059A3C7a00

Usage Files

If the Usage files list is blank (the default), usage data will be sent for all monitored products. If you add files to this list, usage data will only be reported for those files.


MacScanExtensions is a list of extensions gathered by inventory. If the file extension is not in this list, the file is not found, no ; matter what is in the Applications section.


MacMultimediaExtensions lists the extensions that will be scanned for inclusion in a macintosh computer software report. This differs from the previous section as this is specific for the Apple OS X platform. Note: Extensions are case-sensitve and will not be collected if the correct case is not used.


MacSearchFolders is a list of additional folders to scan on Macs.

The scanner searches the /Library /Applications /System /User folders by default. The scanner only searches folders listed in the MacSearchFolders section for files specified in MacScanExtensions section. Note that this only affects the MacScanExtension section and will not affect the scanning of Applications.

Example: MacSearchFolders=/johndoe


MIFPATH is the directory that the scanners will look in to find MIF files.


Exclude Folders

Excludes folders from being scanned. These folders are already included by default:

  • ExcludeDir=\recycled\
  • ExcludeDir=\recycler\
  • ExcludeDir=%USERPROFILE%\Application Data\Thinstall\
  • ExcludeDir=%windir%\$ntservicepackuninstall$\
  • ExcludeDir=%windir%\installer\
  • ExcludeDir=%windir%\lastgood*\
  • ExcludeDir=%windir%\driver cache\
  • ExcludeDir=%windir%\registeredpackages\
  • ExcludeDir=%windir%\temp\
  • ExcludeDir=%windir%\system32\dllcache\
  • ExcludeDir=%windir%\$NtUninstall*\
  • ExcludeDir=%windir%\ServicePackFiles\i386\
  • ExcludeDir=%windir%\i386\
  • ExcludeDir=\i386\
  • ExcludeDir=\$LDCFG$\
  • ExcludeDir=\SP3\
  • ExcludeDir=\SP4\
  • ExcludeDir=\Library\
  • ExcludeDir=%ProgramFiles%\landesk\ldclient\bkupcfg\
  • ExcludeDir=%ProgramFiles%\landesk\ldclient\cache\
  • ExcludeDir=%ProgramFiles%\landesk\ldclient\data\
  • ExcludeDir=%ProgramFiles%\landesk\ldclient\sdmcache\
  • ExcludeDir=%ProgramFiles%\LANDESK\SHARED FILES\
  • ExcludeDir=%ProgramFiles%\COMMON FILES\MICROSOFT SHARED\
  • ExcludeDir=\LDClient\Temp\


Include strings in this section that you want inventory to ignore from the SMBIOS scanner. The four values shown in the example below are included by default and are not necessary to include again.

  • Unknown
  • N/A
  • Not Available
  • None