Application definitions

The Application definitions view shows all applications available in Snow License Manager, both global applications supplied by the Software Recognition Service (SRS) and locally created applications unique for the SLM platform.

Applications can be created and managed in this view, which is divided into three sections as described by the following table.

Section

Description

Unassigned Inventoried Software

Inventory data not yet identified and mapped to an application.

Applications

All applications available in Snow License Manager.

Rules assigned to [application]

The Rules tab shows any rules assigned to the selected application.

The Software tab shows any software rows assigned to the selected application.

Override application

Applications and rules supplied by the Software Recognition Service (SRS) cannot be deleted. If you want to create an own (local) version of a global application or adjust the rules for a global application, you have to override the assigned software. The SRS definition will then become inactive. If the local application for some reason is removed later on, the SRS application will be enabled again.

Application rules

When a new application has been created, one or several software rows needs to be assigned to the application. This is done by creating one or several rules.

Search criteria are defined for each rule. These criteria should be wide enough to find all the various installations of the application, but restricted enough to prevent collision with other applications. You can search for an exact match, search for a word, or simply accept all available information. Use % as a wildcard character.

Some rules may apply to software rows that have no relation to the application. Making rules so specific that they do not include unwanted software rows can be quite challenging. Instead, Snow License Manager allows for creation of exceptions to each rule. Exceptions can be created while creating a new rule, or added later on.

When creating a new rule, the software rows that are filtered out as a result of the definition and the exceptions are displayed in a preview:

  • Software rows displayed in green are already assigned to the current application by an existing rule.

  • Software rows displayed in black will be assigned to this application when the new rule has been saved.

  • Software rows displayed with red background are already assigned to another application and will not be assigned to this application.

    In this case, narrow the search criteria or create an exception rule.

Note

From Snow License Manager 8.3.10, it is not possible to add rules to globally generated applications.

Hide software

Some inventory files have no relevance when it comes to software asset management, for example components, drivers, setup files, and temporary files. Most likely you do not want such files to appear in the Unassigned Inventoried Software list. The Hide software function is used for hiding unwanted software rows.

If you have multiple similar unwanted software rows, it is often better to assign these to a hidden application. Create an application and rules that include the unwanted software rows, and select the Hide this application option when you add/edit the application.

  • To hide a software row, select the unwanted software in the Unassigned Inventoried Software list and click Hide Software.

  • To see a list of the hidden software, click Show Hidden software.

  • To unhide hidden software, select the software in the Hidden Unassigned Inventory Software list and click Unhide.

Search assigned software

Sorting and filtering functions can be used in the Applications list.

To search for assigned software by different search criteria, click Search Assigned Software.