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Method for smart software scan file system scan directory exclusion mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241765D
Publication Date: 2015-May-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

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Method for smart software scan file system scan directory exclusion mechanism.

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Method for smart software scan file system scan directory exclusion mechanism

Software asset discovery solutions use file system scanners as one of main sources to discover installed software. This kind of file system scan requires scanner to access all file system directories and scan all files on file system, which is time and resource consuming. Most of the SAM solution allow to manually exclude some of the directories from scanning to limit time and resource consumption of the scans. However, this requires good knowledge about environment, so manually excluded directories do not contain any software that should be discovered.

Disclosed idea allows to automate the identification of directories that can be safely excluded.

The idea is to perform regular full file system scan once in a while across entire environment. After that initial scan is completed, we will analyze the data returned by the scans and identify file system structures that are present on multiple scanned machines (eg. \tmp, c:\temp) which do not contain any software. Each of those structures may contain thousands or even millions of files and subdirectories, based on the number of files in those candidate directories in relation to all files on the file system, we can create a ranking of most profitable exclusions and automatically exclude those directories from next scans.

Good practice would be to perform full scan once in a while to again re-evaluate if excluded directories are still not c...