March 12th, 2003, 02:27 AM
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Asset management, Network Management, Inventory
and whatever actaully it is
OK, I had really spend a lot of time, and when I spend more time I get more confused, so I will first write what I am trying to do, and then I will describe what I had concluded.
I am responsable for a network not really big (reaching 100 PC), but kind of scatered. The main point is that I really have little time during working hours, and most of the time I am delayed with what I need to get done. So, I have to keep an inventory, and for a system crash all documentation from the previous Net Admin. was lost before I reached the network. Basically I am starting from scratch.
I have to find out Serial Numbers, CPU, Computer model, RAM quantity and type, Hard Drive Space total and available, OS, MS office version, IE version, Mac Address, DHCP enabled or not, IP address in the case it is static, Computer name. And any other thing valuable in an inventory of workstations in the network. Now, I tried using an excel spreadsheet, but it took me 2 hours for 3 PCs, since I am too busy, or the user is using the PC
Now, I would really like to use a program that can actually go around the network and grab that information, or most of it if possible. I know LanDesk can do that, and other programs, but they are very expensive, and I am looking for a free or relatively cheap program.
Now I have read about some protocols in the BIOS, something similar to DMI that allow this, and SNMP from the routers too, but so far, I haven't found anythign really usefull.
I would appreciate any time saving tip, so this way I can take some pressure of my shoulders, plus I might be able to release some stress in BB MOHAA server in the weekend
I think it is a pretty cool project, and I am very enthusiastic as to have it done.
I am also trying to develop a Help Desk system that I can integrate this into, so I might even get a Nice system after all
March 13th, 2003, 02:04 AM
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Anybody with a little help in this topic???
March 13th, 2003, 02:21 AM
Going to give you some links to different Inventory products that will help you out in doing what you need to do to set this up, but these are free to try, pay to buy apps. SO your company will have to upchuck some funds to get the full advantages of the software.. which if you issue a purchase order, I am sure the head of your IT department should be able to allocate the funds.
Now on to the programs:
Alchemy Network Inventory is an advanced feature-rich asset management and tracking system that addresses the issue of cost of ownership by providing a detailed and comprehensive list of the software and hardware inventory of your networked PCs. The data it collects can be exported to Excel, Access, ODBC, TXT, CSV, and HTML. Now, computer information files can be structured by department, offices, and so on, according to the structure of the company. New processor features include cache size, brand ID, and vendor ID. Physical and logical drives capacity and available memory values are automatically converted into KB/MB/GB in the Web site export feature.
The latest version added disk drives reports, network adapters reports and ODBC and BDE information. This version reports on the computer inventory date and client version, and motherboard information: name, manufacturer, version, and serial number. This version adds computer chassis information, UNC names for mapped network drives, and updated export templates.
From the developer: "Network Inventory Master is an advanced, powerful, and feature rich asset management and asset tracking system for your desktop and networked PCs, at an extremely low and cost effective price. With Cost of Ownership so important today Network Inventory Master will provide your organization with comprehensive and detailed reporting about all of the hardware and software on all of the PCs on your network. With Network Inventory Master you can export this valuable information into CSV and HTML files. Network Inventory Master collects in-depth Hardware Inventory information from all of your PCs. This includes items such as the BIOS, CPU type and speed, IP-settings, the memory size, various operating system details, the network card and a wide range of other data. It is possible to export any item of Hardware Inventory data for external analysis and reporting. Network Inventory Master collects information about installed Software on each workstation."
LANBrowser for Windows NT/2000 1.3
From the developer: "LANBrowser allows you to easily view properties for one or more devices on your Windows NT/2000 network. Easily view and manage users on multiple devices or in multiple domains. View shares for your Windows NT/2000 network, including permissions, and whose connected to them. Check disk space for your producting servers in seconds. Port scanning, eventlog viewing, users and groups, installed programs, disk information, TCP/IP information and more. This update includes file utilites, scheduling and other product enhancements. New features include a WMI Browser that provides detailed hardware and software information about remote devices."
Those should get you started in the right direction. Try them out, see if they do what you need them to. A couple of them even allow you to export the information to an excel spreadsheet..
Hope that helps.
March 13th, 2003, 03:02 AM
what about belarc or sisoftware...belarc can put it into a nice html page and sisoftware can create reports for you not sure what format though
March 13th, 2003, 03:18 AM
so I did a little searching. I found a freebie, but it only lets you check 25 PCs, connected on a node. So if you download and install it on 4 PCs, you can cover most of your LAN.
The following allows 10 nodes, but it is free as well:
Lan Audit Pro 5.3
From the developer: "Audit your software, hardware and count your licences with one product: LAN Audit Pro. The power to control your whole network without leaving your desk. Includes facility to add up to 10 administrator-defined questions."
With one of those you should be able to accomplish everything you need to, hopefully. If not hit your IT head up for some funds for this. How can a company with 100 machines not be able to afford a $100-$300 software app, that in the end could save them a lot of time and money by paying you to do it manually for hours upon end?
Present the funds request to them, and see how it flies. And if you buy it, you get free technical support, if you run into a snag.
March 13th, 2003, 03:38 AM
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Thanks BB. I will be trying those out. I was trying some php codes, but they are mainly to manage the data after I had collected it. I am setting this up with the programer, but we had been lookig for free stuff, since we want to live my boss out of this, since we are integrating it into the Aplication web server (we are moving all our "homebrew" or "companybrew" software from being vb6 code to web based. And we had created a FAQ database with Helpdesk management. Here is the tricky part, we don't want to give access to the helpdesk page to my boss , but if I can use the data from a program to import it into our system I will consider to buy it
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March 13th, 2003, 03:58 AM
I found the alloy software to work quite well. It even showed my PID, any and all the files installed on the PC, including MP3s, AVI's etc...
It also took stock of my PC info, processor speed, memory, Comp name, etc..
gave my LAN adapter card name and network information.
Very solid program. It also did the same for all the PCs connected on my LAN, all the while without letting anyone on the network know what it was doing. I like it. Definitely a keeper.
March 27th, 2003, 00:46 AM
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The Alloy software is quite good!!
It is a bit difficult to deploy though, since it has to be included in the logon scritp (I am an unfortunate Net Admin of NT servers )
It is very complete and get the data pretty good. Unfortunately it cannot export the data in coma separated values
March 27th, 2003, 02:40 AM
Why not export it to an excel document. That worked rather well for me.