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Run an inventory scan on Macintosh devices

The inventory scanning utility is used to add Macintosh devices to the core database and to collect device hardware and software data. When you configure a device, the inventory scanner is one of the components of the Ivanti agent that gets installed on the device. The inventory scanner runs automatically when the device is initially configured. A device is considered managed once it sends an inventory scan to the core database.

The scanner executable for Mac OS X is called ldiscan (UNIX; it is case sensitive). Inventory scan files are saved locally on the client and are compatible with the core. You can e-mail the file to the core administrator and then drag and drop it into the ldiscan directory. You need to change the extension of the file to .scn.

Macintosh devices can be configured to scan at boot-up, at log in, at wake from sleep, and at network change. You can also use agent configuration to schedule the inventory scan to occur at a regular interval.

The Macintosh inventory scanner encrypts scans. The inventory scanner also uses delta scans so that after the initial full inventory scan, subsequent scans send only the changed data to the core server, reducing network bandwidth consumption.

The Macintosh inventory scanner looks in the "Custom Data" folder under the agent installation folder for XML files that contain additional information you want the inventory scanner to pass to the core server. This additional information appears in the inventory tree under the Custom Data node.

With the inventory scanner, you can view summary or full inventory data. You can print and export the inventory data. You can also use it to define queries, group devices together, and generate specialized reports.

Software scanning

A software scan compiles an inventory of software on managed devices. These scans take longer to run than hardware scans. Software scans can take a few minutes to complete, depending on the number of files on the managed device. You can configure the software scan interval in the Configure > Services > Inventory tab.

All applications installed in the Applications folder are placed into the Software > Application Suites node in the inventory tree.

Changing Mac scanned file extensions and searched folders

The Mac inventory scanner defaults to scanning files with .dmg and .pkg extensions, and multimedia files with the following extensions: .aac, .aiff, .gif, .m4p, .mov and .mp3. You can change these items and specify other folders to search in the Manage software list.

To edit the Manage software list
  1. Click Tools > Reporting / Monitoring > Manage software list.
  2. In the Inventory tree, click Settings and double-click MacMultimediaExtensions, MacScanExtensions, or MacSearchFolders in the settings list.
  3. Click New and type the filename or (or folder name for MacSearchFolders) you want. Press the Enter key when you're done.
  4. Click the Make Available to Clients toolbar button to make the most recent changes available to devices the next time they run an inventory scan.

NOTE: The /Library or /System directories are not scanned in a MacScanExtensions scan by default. This reduces the size of the scan file. The directories can be placed in the Mac folder include section. 

For information on scanning for custom data, see Scanning for custom data on Macintosh devices.


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