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Manage cloud application metering

This section describes how to install and uninstall browser extensions. It also describes how to disable the cloud application metering functionality.

Install browser extension

Browser extensions must be installed on each computer for which cloud application metering data is to be collected. With the exception of Apple Safari, the Inventory agents for Windows and macOS install the browser extensions according to the agent configuration file. The default agent configuration is to install the extensions.

If your company wants to deploy the browser extensions via management tools instead of via the Inventory agents, follow the instructions in Install browser extension via management tool or policy instead.

  1. For Apple Safari, see Install Apple Safari browser extension.

  2. For all other browsers: in the agent configuration file for the computer, set the system setting saas.[browser].enabled to true (default value).

    <SystemSettings>
        <Setting key="saas.[browser].enabled" value ="true" />
    </SystemSettings>

    The agent will then install the browser extension according to Snow Inventory Agent installs browser extensions.

    See configuration-doc.html for a complete list of the saas.[browser].enabled settings.

Install browser extension via management tool or policy

To deploy and manage browser extensions by management tools or policies, instead of via the Inventory agents for Windows and macOS:

  1. In the agent configuration file for the computer, set all saas.[browser].enabled settings to enable:

    <SystemSettings>
        <Setting key="saas.[browser].enabled" value ="enable" />
    </SystemSettings>

    This enables the browser extensions to be installed outside the agent. It also prevents the agent from uninstalling the extensions when installed.

    See configuration-doc.html for a complete list of the saas.[browser].enabled settings.

  2. Deploy the browser extension by the management tool or policy of choice, using one of the following methods, depending on the browser:

Install Apple Safari browser extension

The Apple Safari browser extension is installed independently of the Snow Inventory Agent for macOS. It must be installed on the target computer and then enabled in the browser.

  1. Go to this article on Snow Community: https://community.snowsoftware.com/s/article/Cloud-Application-Metering-extension-for-Safari.

    Note that you must first sign in to Snow Community to be able to access the article via the link.

  2. Download the installation package (.pkg) from the Snow Community article and follow the instructions included in the article for how to install the package and enable the extension on each computer.

Disable cloud application metering

To stop cloud application metering data to be collected from computers in your organization:

  1. In the agent configuration file, set the following system settings:

    • disable_all_updates: true

      This prevents the agent from performing any update operations.

    • saas.[browser].enabled: false

    <SystemSettings>
        <Setting key="disable_all_updates" value ="true" />
        <Setting key="saas.[browser].enabled" value ="false" />
    </SystemSettings>

    See configuration-doc.html for a complete list of the settings.

  2. Remove the webmetering.rules and webmetering.crules files from the agent installation folder.

    The files can be removed by using a software deployment tool of choice.

Note that the Apple Safari browser extension must be manually uninstalled according to Uninstall Apple Safari browser extension.

Uninstall Apple Safari browser extension

  • In the Apple Safari browser on the computer, go to Extension settings and uninstall the browser extension.