Classification of Software Products

To facilitate tracking of different software, Network Inventory gives you the ability to classify software products by groups and categories. For example, you may assign products to a group that ignores certain products during the audit or a group for tracking installations of unauthorized software.

You can also assign products to different categories for organizing software products based on a common function, type, or field of use. For example, a category for classifying computer programs that perform user tasks (e.g. Application software), a category for classifying computer programs used to start and run computer systems and networks (e.g. System software), and a category for compilers and linkers (e.g. Computer programming tools). All the categories and groups are available for you only when specified by the Alloy Navigator Express administrator.

NOTE: For users of version 6 and earlier: Software Products with inactive software recognition rules will be added to the Ignored group after the database upgrade or migration to the latest version of Alloy Navigator Express.

Assigning Software Products to a Group

To assign one or more Software Products to a group, follow these steps:

  1. In the Network Inventory application, go to the Software Catalog and select one or several products in the list.
  2. Right-click the selection and choose Reclassify > [Group] from the pop-up menu.

NOTE: Alternatively, you can assign a product to a group when modifying the product’s properties. For details, see Modifying Software Recognition Rules.

INFO: For details on software categories, see Administration Guide: Managing Software Categories.

Assigning Software Products to a Category

To assign a Software Product to a category, follow these steps:

  1. In the Network Inventory application, go to the Software Catalog, select a product in the grid, and click Open.
  2. The Software Product [Product Name] dialog box opens.

    INFO: For details on defining categories, see Administration Guide: Network Inventory.

  3. In the Category drop-down list, choose a category.
  4. Click OK.