Installing the scanner (BigFix scenario)

The scanner collects hardware information as well as information about files and packages that exist on the computers in your infrastructure. Install the scanner on every computer on which you want to detect software. If you enabled the default scan configuration or completed the All-in-One installation, the scanner is installed automatically and this configuration is not required.

Before you begin

Before you install the scanner, note the following considerations.

  • Ensure that the BigFix® client is installed and running on the computers on which you want to detect software and that the computers are subscribed to the IBM License Reporting (ILMT) site.
  • To install the scanner on a WPAR, you must install it on the LPAR first.
  • 9.2.17 AIX Ensure that the xlC.rte library version or higher is installed on the target computer.
  • Linux The last version of the scanner for 32-bit Linux x86 with the library is
  • UNIX Ensure that the library is installed on the target computer.

About this task

The scanner can be used by multiple IBM applications. By default, the scanner that is delivered with License Metric Tool is installed in the single user mode. It means that if it is used by other applications, it must be run by root (UNIX) or SYSTEM (Windows). If any of the applications requires that the scanner is run by a different user, install it in the regular mode.

9.2.21 Starting from application update 9.2.21, the task also distributes the software catalog or updates it to the latest version on the specified endpoints.


  1. Log in to the BigFix console.
  2. In the navigation bar, click Sites > External Sites > IBM License Reporting (ILMT) > Fixlets and Tasks.
  3. In the upper right pane, select Install or Upgrade Scanner.
  4. 9.2.5 Select the installation directory. You can choose the default directory, or an alternative one. In the latter case, the scanner is installed in the same path as the BigFix client.
    Note: The setting applies only to new installations, you cannot change the path if you are upgrading the existing scanner.
    Scanner installation directory
  5. Click Take Action.
  6. Select the computers on which you want to install the scanner, and click OK.
    The image shows how to select computers on which to install the scanner.
    Tip: To ensure that the action is applied on all computers that are added in the future, select Dynamically target by property.


You installed the scanner on the computers in your infrastructure. To view information about the installed scanner, for example its version, activate the Scanner Information analysis, and open the Results tab.

What to do next

After you install the scanner, schedule software scans.