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Beacon Inventory

Does an inventory beacon automatically report inventory for itself or does the user/customer have to manually invoke the ndtrack for the beacon server?   My understanding is the beacon does not ever report inventory and manual intervention is required to take inventory for the beacon.

In the customer FNMS tenant in question, 1 of the 3 beacons has reported inventory but the other 2 have not.  But the customer claims they have not invoked ndtrack on any of the beacons so the question is why is one of the beacons reporting inventory ?

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Re: Beacon Inventory

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Re: Beacon Inventory

Hi John,

By default, when you install a Beacon, Beacon the installer will install the Flexera agent, too.

However, the Flexera agent on a Beacon will be installed in a different path (%ProgramFilesx86%\Flexera Software\Inventory Beacon\Tracker). Also, as the Beacon itself will not be operational at install time yet, the Flexera agent will not have any configuration information (policy) and will not run on a schedule.

One way to deal with this:

1. Configure the Beacon including configuration of a web server (will usually be IIS these days)
2. Manually run the Policy Client on your Beacon using an elevated command prompt.

mgsPolicy -t machine -o DownloadRootURL=http://<YourBeaconFQDNName>/ManageSoftDL

The policy client on a Beacon can be found in the following folder:
%ProgramFilesx86%\Flexera Software\Inventory Beacon\Policy Client

After downloading the Policy, the Flexera agent on the Beacon will run on a schedule and will download all configuration settings using the Policy like all other agents in the organization.

Please note that you may want to restrict the Beacons to be used for uploading the Inventory data specifically for this agent. The new feature to restrict Inventory agent communication to selected Beacon(s) that has become available with FNMS 2019 R2 can be used for this purpose.

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Re: Beacon Inventory

I knew that parts of the agent was installed with the Beacon.    From your response, I can conclude that it is not possible to see Beacon inventory within FNMS unless someone manually runs the agent on the beacon or sets up the policy for the beacon.   Therefore, I can only conclude that the customer has mistakenly run the agent on the beacon.  

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Re: Beacon Inventory

Hi John,

Actually, a full Flexera Agent is installed on each Beacon including the Windows services required for running the Agent on a schedule and for collecting usage data if you run the Beacon installer with default settings.

You can do a custom installation of the Beacon and deselect the Flexera agent. This will also prevent installation of the additional Windows services.

And yes, if you see Inventory data from one of your Beacons, it looks as if somebody has "mistakenly" run a Flexera Agent on that Beacon.