One of the unique features of ZENworks Asset Management is the fingerprinting to accurately identify software and applications on a workstation.
The Product Recognition Update database – PRU – is updated monthly.
Here is the background:
Go beyond scanning hard drives. A sophisticated recognition engine drives the inventory capabilities of Novell ZENworks® Asset Management. This technology goes far beyond simply scanning hard drives and displaying a list of raw executable files. Instead, an advanced auto-discovery process carefully analyzes the software on your hard drives and checks against an extensive application knowledgebase to accurately identify all the software running on your systems.
This approach eliminates missing or misspelled header information common to other inventory approaches and distinguishes between real applications and other types of executable files. Built and maintained by Novell Technology Analysts, the Knowledgebase also contains product-by-product pointers that allow the engine to make fine distinctions between trial- and full-version software and between different editions of the same product.
The patented recognition technology embedded in ZENworks Asset Management has a long, proven record of success on more than 10 million desktops.
Here are a couple of useful links that describe all of the applications; also a list of ‘what is new this month’.