In Unix it is recommended to configure Snow Inventory Agent to run at a given interval using the scheduler, i.e. crontab (or similar), to perform inventory, and transfer the result file to Snow Inventory Server.

In the following example from root crontab file, the agent will run every day at 1:15 AM:

15 1 * * * nice -n 10 java -jar /opt/snow/snowagent.jar config=/opt/snow/snowagent.config

For business-critical environments, the agent can be scheduled to run in the regular service maintenance windows for the servers.

Ideally, an agent should be configured not to disturb or consume system resources that are needed for business-critical applications running on the server. To achieve this in a Unix environment one would typically use the nice program to set the process priority to low. In the example niceness is set to 10, but can of course be set to any suitable value