Computer Inventory Collection Settings

Computers can submit many types of inventory information to the Jamf Software Server (JSS). Basic inventory information—such as hardware, operating system, user and location information, storage, and applications—is collected automatically.

The Computer Inventory Collection settings in the JSS allow you to collect the following additional items:

  • Local user accounts, with the option to include home directory sizes and/or hidden system accounts

  • Printers

  • Active services

  • Last backup date/time for managed mobile devices that are synced to computers

  • User and location from an LDAP directory service (only available if an LDAP server is set up in the JSS)

  • Package receipts

  • Available software updates

  • Application Usage information

  • Fonts

  • Plug-ins

For descriptions of the information collected for each of these items, as well as information on the items that are collected automatically, see Viewing and Editing Inventory Information for a Computer.

You can also use the Computer Inventory Collection settings to do the following:

  • Specify custom search paths to use when collecting applications, fonts, and plug-ins.

  • Monitor iBeacon regions so that computers submit information to the JSS when they enter or exit a region.

Time and Traffic Estimates for Collecting Additional Items

Collecting additional inventory items may add reporting time and network traffic to the inventory process.

The following table provides estimates of how much time and traffic may be added when collecting user home directory sizes, available software updates, fonts, and plug-ins. These estimates are based on a MacBook Pro with approximately 300 GB of user home directories, 100 applications, 300 fonts, and 900 plug-ins.

Additional Inventory Item

Time (Seconds)

Traffic (KB)

(No additional items)

9

102

Home directory sizes

25

104

Available software updates

110

104

Fonts

10

128

Plug-ins

13

248

The following table provides estimates of how much time and traffic may be added when collecting Application Usage information. These estimates are based on a MacBook Pro with eight applications used per day, one week between inventory reports, and one computer user.

Additional Inventory Item

Time (Seconds)

Traffic (KB)

(No additional items)

16

24

Application Usage information

17

48

Search Paths for Collecting Applications, Fonts, and Plug-ins

The following table lists the default search paths that are used when collecting applications, fonts, and plug-ins from computers on the Mac and Windows platforms.

Collected Item

Mac Platform
Default Search Paths

Windows Platform
Default Search Paths

Applications
(and Application Usage
information, if collecting)

/Applications/
C:\Program Files\

Fonts

/Library/Fonts/
/System/Library/Fonts/
/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Fonts/
~/Library/Fonts/

(collected at the user level for each account)

C:\Windows\Fonts\

Plug-ins

/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/

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If you store these items in locations not listed in the table, you can use the Computer Inventory Collection settings to specify custom search paths for those locations.

Configuring the Computer Inventory Collection Settings

  1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.

  2. In the top-right corner of the page, click Settings images/download/thumbnails/15893055/Settings_icon.png .

  3. Click Computer Management.

  4. In the ”Computer Management–Management Framework” section, click Inventory Collection images/download/thumbnails/15893055/Inventory_Collection_C.png .

  5. Click Edit.

  6. On the General pane, select the checkbox for each inventory item you want to collect.

  7. To collect Application Usage information or add custom paths in which to search for applications, do the following:

    1. Click the Software tab, and then click Applications.

    2. To collect Application Usage information, select the Collect Application Usage Information checkbox.

    3. To add a custom search path, click Add images/download/thumbnails/15893055/New_icon.png . Then enter the full path for the location you want to search and the platform to which it applies.

    4. Repeat step c to specify additional custom search paths as needed.

  8. To collect fonts and add custom paths in which to search for fonts, do the following:

    1. Click the Software tab, and then click Fonts.

    2. Select the Collect Fonts checkbox.

    3. To add a custom search path, click Add images/download/thumbnails/15893055/New_icon.png . Then enter the full path for the location you want to search and the platform to which it applies.

    4. Repeat step c to specify additional custom search paths as needed.

  9. To collect plug-ins and add custom paths in which to search for plug-ins, do the following:

    1. Click the Software tab, and then click Plug-ins.

    2. Select the Collect Plug-ins checkbox.

    3. To add a custom search path, click Add images/download/thumbnails/15893055/New_icon.png . Then enter the full path for the location you want to search and the platform to which it applies.

    4. Repeat step c to specify additional custom search paths as needed.

  10. Click Save.

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