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Collect file, folder, or Registry information

Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Steve.Hawkins on Nov 07, 2017

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The default inventory template does not collect file, folder, or Registry information. However, you can customize inventory templates to collect that information using the File, Directory and Registry Datasource Configuration tab in the Inventory Configuration Editor.

  1. In the navigation pane, select the targeted computer group.
    For example, you can maximize Enterprise > Microsoft Windows Network and select a computer group.
  2. In the center pane, select the computer you want to inventory. 
    Press <Ctrl> or <Shift> to select multiple computers.
  3. In the Actions pane, click Inventory. 
  4. In the Inventory Options dialog box, select Inventory - include specific datasources.
    SPM-Admin-Guide-Inventory-Include-Specific-Datasources.png
  5. In the Options box, select Create a custom inventory configuration template to configure a new template for the inventory task, and click OK. 
    SPM-Admin-Guide-Inventory-Create-Custom.png
  6. In the Inventory Configuration Editor, click the File, Directory and Registry Datasource Configuration tab. 
    SPM-Admin-Guide-Inventory-Configuration-Editor2.png
  7. In the center pane, select the file system objects or registry objects you want to add. You can also remove a Registry object.
    SPM-Admin-Guide-Inventory-Configuration-Editor-Full.png

Add a file system object

  1. Click Manually Add/Modify above the File System Object table.
    SPM-Admin-Guide-Inventory-Add-File-System-Object.png
  2. In the Add/Modify File or Directory dialog box, select File or Directory.
    SPM-Admin-Guide-Inventory-Add-Modify-File-Directory.png
  3. In the Fully Qualified Path field, enter the path for the file or folder. and click Save.

    This field does not support UNC paths, but it does support environment variables such as %PROGRAMFILES%.

  4. Click Save.
    Patch Manager saves the inventory configuration associated with the selected manage scope (such as the domain or workgroup).
  5. Repeat step 1 through step 4 for each additional Registry object you want to add.

Add a Registry object

  1. Select a registry object in the Registry Object table.
    For example:
    Software\Microsoft\Driver Signing\Policy
    SPM-Admin-Guide-Inventory-Select-Registry-Object.png
  2. Click Manually Add/Modify above the Selected Registry keys and Values Count table. 
    SPM-Admin-Guide-Inventory-Add-Registry-Key2.png
  3. Complete the options and fields In the Add or Edit Registry Key or Value dialog box.
    SPM-Admin-Guide-Inventory-Add-Or-Edit-Registry-Key-Or-Value2.png
    1. Indicate whether the Registry setting is in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE or HKEY_USERS directory.
    2. In the Registry Key Path field, enter the rest of the path. If you selected a registry object, Patch Manager adds the correct path.
    3. In the Friendly Display Name (optional)  field enter a display name.
    4. Select Include Registry Value and select the type and name for the value.
    5. In the Value Name field, enter the name of the value.
  4. Click Save.
    Patch Manager saves the inventory configuration associated with the selected manage scope (such as the domain or workgroup). 
  5. Repeat step 1 through step 4 for each additional file system object you want to add.

Remove a Registry object

Select the object in the File System Object or Registry Object table and click Delete. 

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