Does the Flexera agent recognize SWID tags or any other files contained within compressed install files?
We have had instances of IBM SWID tags within our environment although we have not purchased the particular IBM application. We have a compressed IBM client install file on a corporate file server which I'm told by SMEs has the component SWID tags included but FNMS is not recognizing the SWID tags. We have now successfully removed all of the SWID tags recognized by FNMS but would like to know if these SWID tags are in that compressed file and will be distributed within our environment if that compressed install file is used.
Dec 08, 2021 10:08 AM
The FlexNet agent won't find SWID tag details if they are contained within some sort of compressed archive file. For a SWID tag file to be found it must exist directly on the filesystem with an extension like .swidtag or .swtag.
Dec 09, 2021 12:50 AM
Thank you for your answer! We are seeing instances where IBM SWID tags are introduced into our environment even when we do not ask for the application to be installed. We have documented one instance of SWID tags being introduced during the Fix Pack update. Are there other documented instances or steps within IBM install procedures where we might see non-purchased SWID tags being introduced?
Dec 09, 2021 07:44 AM
It's hard to comment too specifically without particular examples, but I would say it is probably not entirely unexpected to see SWID tag files for a range of software applications being installed: when one "top level" application is installed, it could well install other dependent or related applications that are bundled with the primary application that has been purchased.
Dec 14, 2021 12:23 AM