Content of the audit snapshot

Audit snapshot is a record of license metric utilization in your enterprise over a period of time. It is generated on the All MetricsAll BigFix Metrics report and its derivatives. It is downloaded to your computer as the audit_snapshot_date_time.zip file that contains a number of other files.

Important: If you use the audit snapshot for integration of BigFix InventoryLicense Metric Tool with external tools, base the integration on column names, not their order. The order of columns might change if new columns are added.
Table 1. General files
File Content
audit_attachment.extension Optional. A file that was attached during the creation of the snapshot. The file is listed in the checksums.txt file.
audit_comment.txt Optional. Comments that were added during the creation of the snapshot. The file is listed in the checksums.txt file.
9.2.12 audit_snapshot_summary.csv Summary of all software products that were installed in your environment during the period for which the snapshot is generated and which are charged. The file contains information about:
  • License metric that is used by the product.
  • The highest number of metric units that the product used during the specified period.
  • Part numbers that represents products that you purchased.
  • The need to perform recalculation to update the metric quantity for the product.
audit_trails.csv Information about:
  • Software classification actions
  • Uploads and imports of the PVU table, software catalog, and charge units
  • Changes to the VM managers
The file is not generated if the user who generates the snapshot does not have the permission to view audit trails. It is also not generated when the snapshot contains only products that use license metrics other than PVU and RVU MAPC. For example, when the snapshot contains only products that use the Install Seats metric.
bundling_definitions.csv Information about:
  • All BigFix software regardless of its license type and utilization
  • Software limited to the vendor that was specified on the user interface
  • 9.2.7 License metric that each product uses
  • Details of computers on which the software is installed
checksums.txt Checksums that are used to verify whether any files from the audit snapshot were tampered with.
Linux To verify the report files on Linux, run the following command:
sha256sum -c pvu_sub_capacity.csv
Windows To verify the report files on Windows, run the following command:
CertUtil -hashfile pvu_sub_capacity.csv SHA256
data_condition.txt Information about:
  • 9.2.9 Version of License Metric ToolBigFix Inventory in which the snapshot was generated
  • Author of the snapshot
  • Date of the snapshot
  • Period that is covered by the snapshot
  • Version of the PVU table
  • Version of the software catalog
  • Status of aggregation and recalculation
  • Filters that are used on the reports
  • Attached file (optional)
part_numbers.csv Part numbers that are listed in the software catalog for software products included in any of the CSV report files.
pub_key.pem Public key file that can be used to verify the signature.rsa file against the checksums.txt file.
signature.rsa A digital signature that can be used to verify whether the checksums.txt file was tampered with. To verify the file, you can use OpenSSL.
Linux To verify the checksums.txt file on Linux, run the following command:
openssl dgst -sha256 -verify pub_key.pem 
-signature signature.rsa checksums.txt
Windows To verify the checksums.txt file on Windows, run the following command:
openssl -sha256 -verify pub_key.pem 
-signature file signature.rsa checksums.txt

The following files are included in each audit snapshot unless you filter the report to show only a specific metric type, for example PVU subcapacity. In this case, files with other metrics are not included.

Table 2. Files with license metric utilization
File Content
9.2.16 flexpoints.csv Information about:
  • Software licensed per number of FlexPoints
  • Details of software products that are licensed under the Flex Point bundles
9.2.7 install_instances.csv Information about:
  • Software licensed per number of installed instances
  • 9.2.13 FlexPoint offerings to which products and their components are bundled
  • Details of computers on which the software was installed when the metric quantity was the highest
9.2.5 install_seats.csv Information about:
  • Software licensed per number of computers on which it is installed
  • Details of computers on which the software was installed when the metric quantity was the highest
9.2.8 microsoft_dual_physical_processor.csv Information about:
  • Microsoft software that is licensed for the number of active physical processors
  • Utilization of the metric
  • Details of computers on which the software was installed when the metric quantity was the highest
9.2.8 microsoft_single_physical_processor.csv Information about:
  • Microsoft software that is licensed for the number of active physical processors
  • Utilization of the metric
  • Details of computers on which the software was installed when the metric quantity was the highest
9.2.7 microsoft_physical_core_with_sa.csv Information about:
  • Microsoft software that has Software Assurance and is licensed for the number of physical cores
  • Utilization of the metric
  • Details of computers on which the software was installed when the metric quantity was the highest
9.2.7 microsoft_virtual_core_with_sa.csv Information about:
  • Microsoft software that has Software Assurance and is licensed for the number of virtual cores
  • Utilization of the metric
  • Details of computers on which the software was installed when the metric quantity was the highest
9.2.8 oracle_processor_core.csv Information about:
  • Oracle software that is licensed for the number of physical cores
  • Utilization of the metric
  • Details of computers on which the software was installed when the metric quantity was the highest
pvu_full_capacity.csv Information about:
  • PVU software and its PVU utilization under full capacity license
  • 9.2.13 FlexPoint offerings to which products and their components are bundled
  • Details of computers on which the software was installed when the metric quantity was the highest
pvu_sub_capacity.csv Information about:
  • PVU software and its PVU utilization under subcapacity license
  • 9.2.13 FlexPoint offerings to which products and their components are bundled
  • Details of computers on which the software was installed when the metric quantity was the highest
9.2.13 registered_user.csv Information about:
  • Software that is licensed for the number of registered users
  • Utilization of the metric
  • Details of users who used or registered the software when the metric quantity was the highest
rvu_full_capacity.csv Information about:
  • RVU software and its RVU MAPC utilization under full capacity license
  • 9.2.13 FlexPoint offerings to which products and their components are bundled
  • Details of computers on which the software was installed when the metric quantity was the highest
rvu_sub_capacity.csv Information about:
  • RVU software and its RVU MAPC utilization under subcapacity license
  • 9.2.13 FlexPoint offerings to which products and their components are bundled
  • Details of computers on which the software was installed when the metric quantity was the highest
9.2.11 vpc_capacity.csv Information about:
  • VPC software and its VPC utilization
  • 9.2.13 FlexPoint offerings to which products and their components are bundled
  • Details of computers on which the software was installed when the metric quantity was the highest