A recognition rule identifies a single software product or a suite. Each rule consists of one or more conditions connected with AND logic, meaning that the product is recognized when every condition of it is satisfied.
A condition can use information either from the Windows registry, a Linux package management system, the Mac OS System Profiler tool, or from the software files (such as .exe, .dll, .ocx files).
Rules with file conditions can identify software products that are not automatically recognized, such as software distribution files which don't write any data to the registry. To apply those rules with file conditions, Inventory Analyzer has to be configured to scan software information in files, too.
You manage recognition rules on the Recognition Rules tab of a Software Product [ Product Name ] window.