Getting started with Software policies
NOTE Depending on the Absolute product licenses associated with your account, Software policies may not be available.
Software policies control the collection of information about the software applications detected on your Windows, Mac, and Android devices. The collected information is made available in software reports, which you can use for software inventory and license management, and to identify essential and non-essential software applications.
You can activate Software policies on devices running a supported version of the Windows, Mac, or Android operating system.
The SDC component A lightweight software component of the Absolute agent that detects software applications installed on a device. The Software Data Collection (SDC) component is deployed on a device only when the device is associated with a policy group in which the Software policy is activated. of the Absolute agent is responsible for collecting all available information about the software applications on your devices. When you activate a Software policy, the component is activated on each device after the next successful agent connection to the Absolute Monitoring Center.
NOTE For Windows devices, the SDC component detects all .exe files residing on a device, regardless of whether or not the application is installed. Similarly for Mac devices, it detects all .app files.
After the SDC component is deployed it detects the available software information on the device, encrypts the information, and uploads it to the database using a secure connection that is independent of the device's scheduled connection to the Absolute Monitoring Center. Going forward, the component performs a daily scan of the device's installed software and uploads any new information to the database.
The Software policy collects all available software information from each device, such as:
- Application Name
- Application Version
- File Size
- File Owner
- License Name