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    Just another quick question guys,

    What software do you use to inventory your network (pc's). That is if you use any?

    It would be good if the software would record the serial numbers of pc's and export to a access db or excel.

    Cheers, sorry to keep on being a pain lol :P

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    Re: Inventory

    LANSweeper is good. It queries the PC using WMI and puts a huge amount of data into an MS SQL database.

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    Re: Inventory

    OCS is good

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    Re: Inventory

    Don't forget GLPI.

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    Re: Inventory

    I agree with CyberNerd and Webman - that is what I use.

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    Re: Inventory

    We're using Sysaid from Ilient at the moment (www.ilient.com). It does inventory management, work/maintenance tracking and web-based fault reporting as well. I've been using it for about 9 months now and haven't had any problems (apart from persuading staff to use the fault reporting rather than leaving illegible post-its all over my desk )

    You have to deploy a small client app to each PC, but it comes with a program to push this out over the network, so no legwork involved. It records serial nos, installed software, OS etc and will do exports to CSV files.

    It's free to use for up to 100 machines and 2 admin accounts, which is fine for us but I guess won't suit everyone. It can run on its own internal database, which suited me as I haven't got an SQL server running at the moment.

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    Re: Inventory

    Am looking into setting up a dedicated OCS Inventory server over the weekend (probably an ubuntu system as we don't have a spare windows server license).

    I've never done this before, is it difficult to set up? I'm doing it as an experiment, if it works (and impresses my network manager) it'll probably end up implemented in a number of other primary schools.

    Also, how much does it record? Does it do serial numbers, windows license keys etc? What other useful info does it record other then what hardware is in the machine and the software applications installed? What kind of useful graphs does it display in the web interface?

    Thanks for any info

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    Re: Inventory

    We've had Sysaid here for over a year and agree completely with ChrisO. It's free, easy to use and it works, but we have the same problem with the staff not using it. They say 'I don't know my password/how to use it', but if they would only click the 'How to report an IT fault' icon on the staff desktop it might help.

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    Re: Inventory

    I've never done this before, is it difficult to set up? I'm doing it as an experiment, if it works (and impresses my network manager) it'll probably end up implemented in a number of other primary schools.
    It's ok. Only trouble I had was with the clients installing the agent.
    Also, how much does it record? Does it do serial numbers, windows license keys etc? What other useful info does it record other then what hardware is in the machine and the software applications installed? What kind of useful graphs does it display in the web interface?
    Take a look at the screenshots.
    http://www.ocsinventory-ng.org/index...ge=screenshots

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    Re: Inventory

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    It's ok. Only trouble I had was with the clients installing the agent.
    What kind of trouble did you have with it?

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    Re: Inventory

    Ilient is a good option. I am using it now with 400 EU and 25 admin's. It works really well for the overall COO.

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    Re: Inventory

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Don't forget GLPI.
    Some people use both of these together don't they? Why? My OCS inventory install didn't go so well when I tried (due to the server hardware, not the software) so I've found another machine to install it on. Since then I have had more time to plan and am wondering what advantages GLPI has over OCS?

    Cheers!

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    Re: Inventory

    Don't know, never used it; we don't actually have any inventory/monitoring software installed. :?

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    Re: Inventory

    I suggest you read the GPLI features page.

    http://glpi-project.org/spip.php?article53

    It's badly translated, but you get the idea.

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    Re: Inventory

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Don't know, never used it; we don't actually have any inventory/monitoring software installed. :?
    I thought it'd have been vital in a secondary school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    I suggest you read the GPLI features page.

    glpi-project.org/spip.php?article53

    It's badly translated, but you get the idea.
    Thanks. Looking at that, I don't think it'll be necessary for a primary school. OCS-NG should suffice .



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