Optional: Review Your Test Database

Now start the Alloy Discovery application and test your new system. Keep in mind that during the "Move to Production" step, any changes in the pilot Alloy Discovery 8 will be discarded. For this reason you will need to re-apply your configuration changes after moving Alloy Discovery 8 to production.

Optional: Configure Chromebook Inventory

Alloy Discovery 8 uses Google API to extract Chromebook data. If you want to test the collection of inventory data from Chrome devices, take these steps:

Optional: Configure Data Gathering for Scheduled Tasks

The new version is able to scan the Windows Task Scheduler and retrieve information about scheduled tasks. If you want to collect this information, turn on the corresponding option in your audit profiles.

For details, see Alloy Discovery Administration Guide: Audit Profile Options.

Optional: Customize Software Recognition

The new version supports software recognition rules based on custom Registry keys. This helps differentiate software editions, such as Adobe Acrobat Standard and Adobe Acrobat Pro. In addition, now Alloy Discovery distinguishes products running on different platforms but having the same Product Name, Version, and Publisher (such as Adobe Acrobat for Windows and for Mac).

If you want to test the software recognition, go to the Software Catalog and make your changes to software recognition rules. Note that you no longer have to wait until computers have been audited again for your changes to take effect. Now you can immediately force the recalculation of discovered installations and get up-to-the-minute results.

For details, see Alloy Discovery Administration Guide: Managing the Software Catalog.