SMS: How SMS Uses the SMS_DEF.MOF in Hardware Inventory

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In Systems Management Server, clients use the SMS_DEF.MOF file to determine what information will be collected during the next hardware inventory. The SMS_DEF.MOF file can be found on Windows 95, Windows 98, and Window NT systems in the %WINDIR%\MS\SMS\Sitefile\<site code>\Hinv folder. In the event that the system administrator needs to change the list of items collected by the hardware inventory agent, the administrator must modify the master copy of the SMS_DEF.MOF file stored on the site server in the following location:

Once the SMS_DEF.MOF file has been modified, the file will be automatically replicated to all the defined client access points (CAP) for the site. The next time the client service polls it will download the current MOF file from the CAP. The Hardware Inventory Agent automatically checks the %WINDIR%\MS\SMS\Sitefile\<site code>\Hinv folder for the new MOF. If it finds a new MOF file, then it compiles and generates the new inventory.

Note This article applies to SMS 2003 standard clients only.
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Article ID: 199318 - Last Review: 01/11/2015 02:01:07 - Revision: 4.0

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