CA Client Automation

Expand all | Collapse all

File Scan Task is still in waiting status

Jump to Best Answer
  • 1.  File Scan Task is still in waiting status

    Posted 04-09-2018 09:02 AM

    Hello Everybody!!!! I have an issue with the engine software discover, I have a software which there isn't in DSM Explorer Category Definition, there is someway to find it? I created a Category Definition but isn't work, I created too an Engine Task with the software definition and isn't work either, I used File Scan Task giving the path of the software and it doesn't discovered it, and the task is always in Waiting status.


    Please help me!!


    Forwards thanks!

  • 2.  Re: File Scan Task is still in waiting status
    Best Answer

    Posted 04-16-2018 05:16 PM

    Hi Carlos,


    Software Discovery and File Scanning are two different topics.  Can you clarify that you are trying to discover a particular software title?


    If so, there are three discovery methods:

    - Signature (enabled by default)

    - Heuristic (disabled by default)

    - Intellisig (enabled by default)


    Signature discovery works much like a virus scanner.  It takes a set of signatures as input, scans the system and produces an output.  CA provides a number of software definitions by default, but it is certainly not all-inclusive.  This is why ITCM offers the ability for you to create a custom signature for whatever you are trying to discover.


    Here's the documentation for creating a custom signature:

    How to Create a Custom Software Signature - CA Client Automation - 14.0 - CA Technologies Documentation 


    Heuristic, which is disabled by default, will scan and report all software found in registered in common places, e.g. the common locations in the registry.  It does not require signatures for input and is a bottom-up method of discovery, reporting everything it finds.  It's useful on Windows, but can create a lot of data.  I would say it's less useful on Linux, as it reports every little package that it finds, which can generate thousands of records.


    Intellisig is similar to signature scanning, except it uses a script instead of a signature.  The result of the script will become discovered records.  Intellisigs are useful so you don't have to create a signature for every version of the product you want to detect.  You can use scripting logic to proactively figure out how to report the correct version for a particular software title.  Downside is now you have to write a script!


    So let us know if you need any more help with software discovery-- or if File Scan is truly what you intended to do...

  • 3.  Re: File Scan Task is still in waiting status

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted 04-17-2018 05:26 AM



    Please could you give us details about Software you are looking for (Software name, Software version).

    We could check if this software exists in the CA Provided Software signature database.