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BigFix Inventory V10

BigFix Inventory provides valuable insight into the software your organization owns—and the software it has installed but does not own—along with how often the software is being used. It supports...

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$1,000 USD GSA  $813.60
Course Code U5BFX32G
Duration 1 day
Available Formats Classroom, Virtual

BigFix Inventory provides valuable insight into the software your organization owns—and the software it has installed but does not own—along with how often the software is being used. It supports better planning, budgeting and hardware and software license compliance, while mitigating security risks. In this course, students will learn to interact with and operate the BigFix Inventory solution, and develop a solid understanding of the various components of the solution. Students will be learn to configure, operate, develop reports, perform maintenance tasks, and troubleshoot BigFix Inventory.

Skills Gained

  • Gain insight into the BigFix portfolio and BigFix Inventory’s major offerings
  • Understand Software ID / Discovery, Signature ID / Creation, software usage, and license metrics
  • Learn to operate BigFix Inventory including the software catalog and custom software signatures; deploy scanners, and classify software
  • Create and schedule reports (audit, RVU, PVU, custom) for both applications and infrastructure
  • Learn techniques to maintain and optimize BigFix Inventory
  • Perform basic troubleshooting techniques for application and platform issues

Prerequisites

  • Students should have previously taken the AIS BigFix Operator Fundamentals course, or equivalent experience
  • Basic Microsoft Windows skills

Course Details

Course Outline

Overview

  • Introduction, covering benefits, risks, and advantages; the BigFix portfolio and adjacent products; and roles and responsibilities
  • Key Concepts, including contracts; discovery; Fixlets, tasks, and analyses; highwater mark; background activities; and Bundling
  • Features and Functions of BigFix Inventory (BFI) / License Metric Tool (LMT), including: software discovery and identification; signature discovery and creation; software usage counting; reports; license compliance; and usage monitoring

Plan

  • Architecture of BFI/LMT, including scalability (BigFix architecture, scan groups, data import); network design; Firewalls, proxy servers, and ports; network planning; air-gapped networks; reporting groups; and migration
  • BigFix Platform and BFI/LMT Infrastructure, covering server and database requirements; disk space; permissions; multiple Inventory/LMT servers; Licensing & masthead; Installing BigFix Server, relays, and clients; security and access

Deploy

  • Endpoints and Scanners, including distributed OS scanners; and shared file systems
  • Deployment Tasks, such as upgrading the BFI Server; using BESAdmin; managing the BFI/LMT content site in BigFix; client categorization; backup and restore; roles in BFI/LMT; and permissions in BigFix

Configure and Operate

  • BFI/LMT Components, including the software catalog; PVU Table; Part Numbers; capacity data collection; public clouds; advanced scanning; supported virtualization technologies; disconnected scans; and custom software signatures
  • Optimization, including activating analyses; authentication options; customize login page; advanced HTTP connectivity options; and data retention
  • Reporting, which includes automated bundling; software classification; RVUs, PVUs and other metrics; scheduling reports; tagging; advanced server settings; thresholds; enterprise software; audit snapshots; and contracts

Maintain

  • BFI/LMT Application management, covering software catalog upload and distribution to endpoints; deployment health; data imports; PVU tables; and database management
  • BigFix Platform management, including Fixlet site version; VM Manager updates; Security and encryption; infrastructure health

Troubleshoot

  • BFI/LMT Application issues, such as scanner diagnostic data; VM Manager statuses and actions; Debugging the import; database performance and connectivity; UI performance; client scans
  • Support resources, including log locations; VM Manager command line options; manual catalog updates; support; Forums and self-help
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