A fingerprint is a technical signature that is used to determine what applications are installed on a computer. Inventory data providers and the Matrix42 Empirum connector automatically scan the computers for fingerprints, and then create a list of all installed applications for each computer. This information is used as a starting basis for license management.
A fingerprint normally contains the following information:
- Manufacturer, name, and version of application.
- Related software is specified if this fingerprint is assigned to the software product.
- The Scan Type and Created By fields provide the data on source of inventory.
- Status and reason specify whether this fingerprint is relevant for licensing or not.
- Systems are the devices on which the fingerprint has been identified.
After fingerprints have been imported from a connected inventory management system, the Matrix42 License Intelligence Service (LIS) assigns (classifies) the fingerprints to a software product if this product is relevant for licensing. Fingerprints of software products that do not require a commercial license are not assigned; instead, they are marked as "ignored". We recommend that you check these assignments and change them if appropriate.
You may classify the fingerprints yourself at any time:
- In the Licenses application go to Fingerprints > All Installed.
- Select a fingerprint and click Classify in the action pane. A wizard opens.
- Select from the following options:
- Reset Fingerprint(s): Select this option if you want to change the fingerprint's status back to Unclassified. Next time during the LIS update, it will be processed automatically.
- Ignore Fingerprint(s): Select this option and select the reason in the Reason drop-down field if the fingerprint is not relevant for licensing.
- Associate Fingerprint(s) with Software Product: Assign the application to a software product.
- Click Classify.