Software Product window

Updated in 8.5

The Software Product [Product Name] window contains the detailed information about a particular software product. This software product can be discovered during audit on a single or multiple computers and added by the Inventory Serverto the Software Catalog. The Alloy Discovery administrator can also create a software product record manually.

You can open the Software Product [Product Name ] window from the Desktop App (for details, see Discovered Installations). In this case, you can only view the data. Administrative privileges allows you to open the window by clicking Tools > Software Catalog from the main menu (for details, see Modifying software products). In this case, you are allowed to make the changes as needed.

You can open the Software Product [Product Name ] window from the Desktop App by clicking Tools > Software Catalog from the Sidebar (for details, see Modifying software products).

The Software Product [Product Name ] window has the following tabs:

  • General - displays general information about the software product.

  • Recognition Rules - displays the list of recognition rules created for this software product.

  • Discovered Installations - displays the list of computers having this software product installed.

  • Software Licenses - displays the list of software licenses linked to the particular software product.

  • Notes - displays additional information about the software product.

General tab

This tab displays basic information about the software product.

  • New - the check box that is initially selected for all auto-created software products; for details, see Marking products as New or clearing the New flag.

  • Product Name - the software product's name (required).

  • Version - the product version.

  • Manufacturer - the product manufacturer. You can manually associate the product with its manufacturer. When this field is filled out, you can open the record details in a separate window by clicking the manufacturer's link ( for details, see Manufacturer window).

  • Part Number - the manufacturer part number of the product, such as Stock Keeping Unit (SKU). This field is maintained only manually.

  • Platform - the OS platform: Windows, Linux, or Mac (required).

  • MS Store App - the check box that shows whether this application is downloaded from Microsoft Store.

    NOTE: You can change the value of the check box manually. If the product is downloaded from the Microsoft Store, select the MS Store App check box. Otherwise, clear the check box.

  • Web Page - the software product's website address. When this field is filled out, you can open the website in your default Internet browser by clicking the Web Page link.

  • Description - The description or additional information about the product. This field is maintained manually.

  • Category - classifies the product by assigning it to one of the predefined categories.

  • Group - classifies the product by assigning it to one of the predefined groups (required).

NOTE: All the software groups and categories are set by the Alloy Discovery administrator (for details, see Defining software groups, Defining software categories).

  • License Required (for standalone AD only) - specifies whether the software product requires a software license, meaning the product imposes some restrictions on the number of allowed installations. By default, all automatically created software products have the Unknown value in the License Required field. When License Required is set to Yes, the software product's compliance is determined based on the number of discovered installations and available software licenses. Products with License Required set to No are always compliant, regardless of the number of detected installations.

  • Compliance Policy (for standalone AD only) - the license policy that defines how Alloy Discovery checks the license compliance:

    • Per Installation - states that the respective software requires one license entitlement per every installation of the product. It remains compliant as long as the number of software installations does not exceed the number of allowed installations (the License Qty value). This policy is applied by default to all newly created licenses.

    • Manual - states that the licensing compliance of respective software is controlled manually. When there is at least one license with "Manual" policy specified for a software product, it will always be compliant regardless of other licensing parameters (including the License Qty value).

  • Discovered Installations - displays the total number of discovered installations of this product.

  • License Qty - the maximum number of license entitlementsClosed (license entitlement represents your right to install and use software products according to the license agreement) based on the purchase agreement. For details, see Configuring software licenses, Viewing license usage statistics.

or - indicates when the software is compliant and when it is not compliant, explains the reasons for non-compliance.

  • This Product is - the section that allows you to combine several products into an integrated product suite, reclassify a suite as a standalone product, or make it a component of another suite:

    • A standalone product - specifies that the product is standalone product.

    • A part of suite - specifies that the product is a component of a product suite that joins several software products. By clicking the ellipsis button, you define the suite for the product in the Select Suite window.

NOTE: The suite is considered to be detected when there is at least one suite component that was detected on the audited computer.

    • A suite and includes other components - specifies that the product is a product suite with the components, that can be managed as follows:

Open - allows you to open the selected component in the separate Software Product[Product Name ] window.

Add - allows you to add a new software product as a component using the Select Product window.

Remove - allows you to remove the relationship between the software product and its selected component.

NOTE: All the changes made with the suite and its components take effect in the Change History data and the alerts triggering only after the next audit data upload.

Recognition Rules tab

This tab lists the existing recognition rules for the software product and allows you to manage them as needed (for details, see Managing recognition rules).

Discovered Installations tab

This tab lists the names of computers where this software product was discovered. By double-clicking any record from the list, you can open the audit snapshot of the computer.

Software Licenses tab
Available only in the standalone edition of Alloy Discovery

This tab lists all the software licenses linked to the particular software product, allows you to view the detailed information about the particular software licenses and enables you to create new software licenses for the particular software product.

NOTE: A standalone edition of Alloy Discovery allows you to monitor software licenses using the Alloy Discovery Desktop App (for details, see Configuring software licenses, Viewing license usage statistics). For Alloy Discovery integrated with the Alloy Navigator 8 suite you manage licenses using the Alloy Navigator consoles, for details, see Administration Guide: How To Monitor Software Licensing Compliance.

Notes tab

This tab contains any additional information on the software product record you can provide.