SCCM Software Inventory is an integral part of every SCCM deployment and a dependency for many other roles and functions, unfortunately SCCM inventory can be a long process that also has a performance impacts on client’s performances for this reason it is sometimes desirable exclude some folders from the Software Inventory to shorten scan and inventory times.
The process to exclude a folder (or more than one) from SCCM inventory is rather simple, let’s assume you have a folder under the D path named Example which you don’t want SCCM to inventory simply create a file named Skpswi.dat and place it in the D:Example folder this will tell SCCM not to inventory that particular folder or any sub-folder.
[su_note note_color=”#ffff96″ text_color=”#000000″ radius=”5″]Note: While not a requirement it is a good practice to make the Skpswi.dat hidden.[/su_note]
Excluding a whole drive from SCCM inventory works exactly the same way just you place the Skpswi.dat control file on the root of the hard drive rather than a folder.