This article describes how to troubleshoot problems with
software inventory in Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0 and SMS
2003. Information about the following clients is included:
- The SMS 2.0 client
- The SMS 2003 Legacy Client
- The SMS 2003 Advanced Client
Before you troubleshoot software inventory issues, make sure
that the Software Inventory Client Agent is turned on in your site
To make sure that the Software Inventory Client Agent is
turned on at the site server, follow these steps:
- Click Start, point to
Programs, click Systems Management Server,
and then click SMS Administrator Console.
- Expand the Site Database\Site
Settings subtree, and then click Client
- Right-click Software Inventory Client
Agent, and then click Properties.
- Make sure that the Enable software inventory on
clients option is turned on.
- Click OK.
After you turn on the Software Inventory Client Agent, you may
experience a delay of 23 hours before all clients report software inventory.
After you turn on the Software Inventory Client Agent, you must give the client
agent at least 30 minutes to start the inventory process. After the process is
completed, the client agent sends software inventory data to the site server
computer. The data is stored in the SMS database. To review the list of
inventoried files, follow these steps:
- In the SMS Administrator Console, expand the
Site Database\Collections subtree, and then click All
- In the results pane, right-click any client, point to
All Tasks, and then click Start Resource
- In Resource Explorer, expand Software, and
then click File Details.
If the Software Inventory Agent is installed on the client,
Resource Explorer returns a list of inventoried files.
Troubleshooting software inventory on the SMS 2.0 client and on the SMS 2003 Legacy Client
If the client is not in the database, and you verify that software
inventory is turned on in your hierarchy, the Software Inventory Client Agent
may not be successfully installed on the client, or the agent may not be able
to run. To troubleshoot the problem, follow these steps:
- Examine the Insinv32.log file, the Sinv32.log file, the
Ccim32.log file, and the Clisvc.log file on the client computer for errors.
These log files are located in the %windir%\MS\SMS\Logs folder. The log files
record the Software Inventory Client Agent installation processes and the
initial inventory processes. They also contain information about the client's
communication with the Client Access Point (CAP).
- Make sure that the Sinvdat.sid or Sinvdat.sic file is
removed from the %windir%\MS\SMS\Clicomp\Sinv folder on the client. If this
file remains on the client, examine the Sinv32.log file to confirm that the
inventory process has run.
- The Sinvdat.sid or Sinvdat.sic inventory file is renamed
with the .inv file name extension. The file is then moved to the
%windir%\MS\SMS\Clicomp\Sinv\Outbox\ folder. Make sure that the .inv file was
removed from this folder on the client. If the .inv file remains on the client,
examine the Sinv32.log file to confirm that the inventory process has
- The SMS Copy Queue Manager renames the file with the .sic
or .sid file name extension and tries to move the file to the
CAP_<SiteCode>\Sinv.box share on the CAP. Make
sure that Copy Queue Manager successfully moves the .sic or .sid file to the
CAP. If the .sic or .sid file is not removed, examine the Cqmgr32.log file in
the %windir%\MS\SMS\Logs folder on the client for errors.
- On the CAP computer, make sure that the Inbox Manager
Assistant moves the .sic or .sid file from the CAP to the SMS\Inboxes\Sinv.box
folder on the site server. If the file is not moved, examine the Inboxast.log
file in the SMS\Logs folder on the CAP server for errors.
Note If the client belongs to a secondary site, examine the
SMS\Inboxes\Sinv.box folder on the secondary site computer. Also examine the
SMS Replication Manager log (Replmgr.log) in the \SMS\Logs folder for errors
that may occur when SMS tries to move the .sic or .sid file to the primary
- The SMS Software Inventory Processor on the site server
processes the .sic or .sid files in the SMS\Inboxes\Sinv.box folder. Examine
the Sinvproc.log file in the SMS\Logs folder on the site server for errors and
to verify that the file is processed.
Note Make sure that the .sic or .sid file is not moved to the
SMS\Inboxes\Sinv.box\Orphans folder on the site server. Typically, the
inventory file is moved to the \Orphans folder if the .sic or .sid file is
received before a discovery data record (DDR) for the client was processed.
After the Software Inventory Processor tries to process the inventory file, it
creates a DDR. The SMS Discovery Data Manager processes the DDR, and then adds
the client to the database. The Software Inventory Processor tries to process
the files in SMS\Inboxes\Sinv.box\Orphans every ten minutes. After the client's
discovery data is in the database, the inventory file is processed
successfully. Examine the Sinvproc.log file in the \SMS\Logs folder on the site
server for errors with this process.
Troubleshooting software inventory on the SMS 2003 Advanced Client
The SMS Agent Host service (CCMExec.exe) performs the software
inventory process on the Advanced Client. The SMS 2003 Advanced Client does not
use a CAP for client-to-site communication. The SMS 2003 Advanced Client uses a
management point for client-to-site communications. Discovery data, hardware
and software inventory data, software metering usage data, status messages, and
advertisements are sent to the management point. Typically, each site contains
at least one management point. However, you can configure the SMS 2003 Advanced
Client to use a remote management point.
To troubleshoot inventory
issues on an SMS 2003 Advanced Client, make sure that the SMS Agent Host
service is running on the SMS 2003 Advanced Client computer. To so this, follow
- Click Start, point to
Settings, click Control Panel, and then
double-click Administrative Tools.
- Double-click Services, and then locate the
SMS Agent Host service.
- Make sure that the SMS Agent Host service
is started. If the service is not running, right-click the SMS Agent
Host service, and then click Start.
To troubleshoot problems with SMS 2003 Advanced Client
inventory, examine the following log files. These file are in the
%WinDir%\System32\CCM\Logs folder on the client. If the Advanced Client is on a
management point, these files are in the \SMS_CCM\Logs folder.
- Fsinvprovider.log (renamed to FileSystemFile.log in all SMS 2003 service packs)
This file is the software inventory log on the Advanced
Client. The file is similar to the Sinv32.log file on the SMS 2.0 client and on
the SMS 2003 Legacy Client. This file provides the most detail for
troubleshooting software inventory issues on the SMS Advanced Client
This file is the hardware and software inventory log.
The file is similar to the Ccim32.log file on the SMS 2.0 client and on the SMS
2003 Legacy Client.
This file is the SMS Agent Host service log
This log file is located on a management point. You can
use this log to troubleshoot the translation of software inventory data from
XML format to .sic or .sid file format. This log also records the copy process
of the .sic or .sid file to the site server.
You can force software inventory to skip specific drive
partitions by adding a hidden file to the root folder of the drive that you
want software inventory to skip. If you want to turn off software inventory on
your SMS 2.0 client or on your SMS 2003 Legacy Client and Advanced Client,
create a hidden file that is named Skpswi.dat, and then put a copy of this file
on the root folder of each drive partition on the client computer. This file
lets you turn off software inventory on a specific client without removing the
software inventory agent from the whole site.Note
After you upgrade to Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1),
you can exclude the Windows directory from being scanned for
software inventory. The Exclude files in the Windows
setting is particular to each software inventory rule. By default, this setting applies to new software inventory rules that you create after you
upgrade to Systems Management Server 2003 SP1. Rules that already exist when you upgrade to Systems Management Server 2003 SP1 will not have this setting. You must manually change each of these software inventory rules for this setting to apply to these rules. To turn on this setting for an inventory rule, follow these steps:
- In the SMS Administrator Console, expand the Site database\Site hierarchy\SMS site code - SMS site name\Site settings subtree.
- Click Client Agents, and then double-click Software Inventory Client Agent.
- In the Software
Inventory Client Agent Properties dialog box, click the
Inventory Collection tab.
- In the File types list, right-click a file type, and then click Properties.
- In the Inventoried File Properties dialog box, click the Exclude files in the Windows
directory check box.
you can use the Advanced Client Spy utility. This utility is part of SMS 2003
Toolkit 1. To download SMS 2003 Toolkit 1, visit the following Microsoft Web
The Advanced Client Spy lets you view inventory processes, the
software distribution history, cache information, software metering activity,
and the status of discovery data. For example, to use the Advanced Client Spy
to confirm that the software inventory process is functioning correctly, follow
- Click Start, point to
Programs, point to SMS 2003 Toolkit 1, and
then click Adv Client Spy.
- Click Tools, and then click
- In Troubleshooting settings, type the name
of the SMS 2003 Advanced Client computer, enter a username and its password,
and then click OK.
Note To connect to the local computer, leave all fields blank, and
then click OK.
- Click Tools, and then click
- The following subtrees appear:
- Hardware Inventory
- Software Inventory
- File Collection
- Expand the Software Inventory subtree to
view the following software inventory information:
- Date Last Cycle Started
- Date of Last Report
- Last Major Report Version
- Last Minor Report Version
For more information about how to troubleshoot the software
inventory process on the SMS 2003 Advanced Client, see the SMS 2003
troubleshooting flowcharts. To obtain the SMS 2003 troubleshooting flowcharts,
visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Article ID: 826849 - Last Review: January 10, 2015 - Revision: 2.5
- Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003
- Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 Standard Edition
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