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Filter software to discover

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Filter software to discover

Use the Discovery configuration console to filter the software you add to the CMDB.

Before you begin

Role required: discovery_admin, admin

About this task

The instance creates an update set record for any change you make to the console.


  1. Navigate to Discovery > Discovery Definition > Configuration Console.
  2. In the Software Filter panel, select the tab for the operating system you want, either Unix or Windows.
  3. Add or delete keywords for filtering software packages.
    1. To add a keyword, enter it in the field provided and click New Key.
    2. To delete a keyword, click the red + icon to the right of the keyword.
    Discovery looks for software packages containing these terms in the selected operating system and either includes or excludes them from the CMDB. The system does not provide default keywords for filtering UNIX software packages, but provides these default keywords for Windows:
    • Hotfix
    • Language Pack
    • Security Update
  4. Select whether to Include or Exclude software packages with the keywords in their names.
    • Include: Only add software packages that match the keywords.
    • Exclude: Add all software packages except those matching the keywords.
  5. You can switch off the software filter for either UNIX or Windows.

    When the filter is disabled for an operating system, all discovered software packages for that operating system are added to the CMDB, with no filtering applied.