Posted on 2005-04-28
Last Modified: 2008-03-10
I'm having a problem with the OID hrSWInstalledDate, it indicates that it should show the last modification date of the application as it would appear in a directory listing.  However, when I make a change to an application's directory, the new date doesn't show up.  Why?  What has to happen in order for the date to refect the change?  Is there a better OID that I can use to get the date when an application has changed?

thanks in advance.
Question by:jhughes4
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    I do not believe what you seek exists – the MIB description you indicating is misleading in description if not name likely for most systems -- and I would ask you what you mean by “the application” (package, any file in main dirctory, the main .exe …) -- as an excerpt

       -- Different implementations may track software in varying
       -- ways. For example, while some implementations may track
       -- executable files as distinct pieces of software, other
       -- implementations may use other strategies such as keeping
       -- track of software "packages" (e.g., related groups of files)
       -- or keeping track of system or application "patches".

    Just to doublecheck, for W2K, the Install data is very close to the directory create time but not an exact match (is actually a couple seconds afterward).



    Author Comment

    I was using application interchangeable with Software.  I’m using Windows 2000.  If I make a change to the application within Add/Remove in the control panel, then the change is reflected via hrSWInstalledDate.  I can also see that the directory has been updated.

    So hrSWInstalledDate is not controlled by the OS, but rather the software?
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    >> So hrSWInstalledDate is not controlled by the OS, but rather the software?
    I think in this case the update of this oid is done by windows software manager but I am not sure about that
    as there is no standard for how, when and who updates this value.

    Author Comment

    Ok thanks, so bottom line there doesn't appear to be an OID that would provide date information on a particular directory for Software or otherwise.

    thanks again

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