Running software scans and gathering scan results

Available from 9.2.7. The script that is responsible for the software scan collects the results of the catalog-based, package data, and ISO tags scan as well as retrieves results of the capacity scan and the computer.yml file. All these results are combined and compressed into a common .zip or tag.gz package that can be imported to BigFix Inventory.

Before you begin

  • Make sure that you have the appropriate privileges to perform this task.
    • UNIX root
    • Windows administrative privileges with elevation
  • Each time you update the software catalog in BigFix Inventory, run an import of data or wait for the scheduled import. Next download the newest version of software catalog to an endpoint to run the software scan on it. For more information, see: Downloading the software catalog.

About this task

  • The scan takes around 30 minutes. The exact time depends on the computer load, file system size, and the CPU threshold if you set it.
  • For information about default and minimal scan frequency, see: Frequency of scans and uploads of data.
  • By default, no limit is set on the processor usage during the scan. To limit processor usage, set the CPU threshold. For more information, see: Optimizing the processor utilization.


  1. Go to the directory, where you uploaded the disconnected scan package.
  2. Run the following script to initiate the scan.
    • UNIX
    • Windows run_sw_and_pack.bat


A compressed package with scan results was created in the output directory. It contains capacity scan results since the date when the last package was generated. The uncompressed scan results are deleted from their original location to ensure that they are not included in any future packages.

What to do next

Import the package to BigFix Inventory. After it is successfully imported, delete it from the endpoint to save disk space.