Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Skpswi.dat - Exclude Folders From SCCM Software Inventory

You can create a hidden file named Skpswi.dat and place it in the root of a client hard drive to exclude the drive from Software Inventory. You can also place this file in the root of any folder structure you want to exclude the folder from software inventory. This procedure can be used to disable software inventory on a single workstation or server client, such as a large file server.

The Skpswi.dat file only prevents software inventory for computer clients and does not affect mobile device client inventory.

To exclude folders from Software Inventory:

  • Using Notepad.exe, create an empty file named SkpSwi.dat. (Run –> notepad –> Save as “SkpSwi.dat”)
  • Right click the SkpSwi.dat file and click properties. In the file properties for the SkpSwi.dat file, select the Hidden attribute.
  • Place the SkpSwi.dat file at the root of each client hard drive or folder structure that you wish to exclude from software inventory.
To Note: 
  • Software inventory will not inventory the client drive again unless this file is deleted from the drive on the client computer. 
  • Software inventory will only exclude the directory if Skpswi.dat is hidden.


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