Installation Guide

Test your pilot Alloy Discovery database

Updated in 2021.2

Start the Alloy Discovery application and test your new system in the pilot environment. Depending on the version you are upgrading from, you may encounter different functionality to review and test.

INFO: For a complete list of changes between versions, see Release Notes.

Configure Chromebook Inventory

Alloy Discovery 2023 uses Google API to extract Chromebook data. If you want to test the collection of inventory data from Chrome devices, take these steps:

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.

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.

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