Site Polls Thread, Spiceworks - Do you use it? in EduGeek Stuff; A quick poll here seeing as Spiceworks are a sponsor and want to get some feedback.
Are you currently using ...
20th July 2010, 10:16 AM #1
Spiceworks - Do you use it?
A quick poll here seeing as Spiceworks are a sponsor and want to get some feedback.
Are you currently using Spiceworks? Have you used it in the past and have you ever heard of Spiceworks? As a company giving such a funky suite away for free they need this kind of reporting, so let's be nice eh?
Oh, and any feedback you have would be welcome too.
Last edited by Dos_Box; 20th July 2010 at 10:18 AM.
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20th July 2010, 10:19 AM #2
I have and it was really useful for audits - i did feel it was a tad too slow (although apparently it has got much faster).
I will have a play wit it in September, when its all died down...
20th July 2010, 10:21 AM #3
Love it! We have used it to solve so many problems and it keeps getting better with every update!
20th July 2010, 10:49 AM #4
I've used it in the past and found it a little slow. Then we started using OCS-NG/GLPI together. However with the move over the last year to a fully virtualised environment I'm looking at trying the latest version of spiceworks again and given it a whirl
20th July 2010, 11:26 AM #5
Thanks guys, keep 'em coming.
20th July 2010, 11:47 AM #6
I used to use it - got annoyed with how slow and unwieldy it was.
Have since made the switch to LanSweeper - which has a free and a premium version (main difference being AD integration). Free hardware inventory and software inventory for windows networks
We were so impressed with the free one we bought the premium. $300 for unlimited clients too..
Logs much more than spiceworks per machine, easier to create custom reports, built in reporting already much better - can't recommend it enough.
20th July 2010, 10:49 PM #7
20th July 2010, 11:15 PM #8
Installed it at the start of the year and it's great keeping track of tickets. I don't really use it for the auditing aspect as that can be a little touch and go - although the reporting element [ detecting down access points etc ] is great and has saved me a heap of work.
For something that's free it's fantastic.
I wrote a screen capture [ just in case of error messages etc ] script to work along side it but it would be great if something like that could be built in and the image automatically attached to the created ticket.
I still get the odd staff member not using it and trying to by-pass it but they are now starting to understand my motto - ' If it's not on the system, it won't get done '
20th July 2010, 11:30 PM #9
Just started using it a couple of weeks ago for the inventory stuff. Seemed to work pretty well, but haven't had time to play with it properly. One of those projects on the list for if I get time over summer.
21st July 2010, 11:03 AM #10
I tried it for inventory management but didn't keep it. A few reasons:
- Found the adverts too obtrusive for something I would be using every day. Paying for the non-ad version was not an option due to budget.
- Integrated AD authentication via Kerberos/NTLM was a must for staff, and Spiceworks can't do that. This was a deal-breaker.
- Preferred something based on SQL Server so I could integrate it with other intranet and database functionality I have on SQL Server (for example, my printer cartridge stock control system).
In the end, I went with the free version of Lansweeper, which met my particular requirements, and wrote my own helpdesk software for the staff to use.
21st July 2010, 11:13 AM #11
Yep used it for years and its my most important piece of software.
Use it for hardware and software auditing along with licence compliance, network monitoring with alerts to head off potential problems (disk space, unauthorised software, av out of date etc), helpdesk + support portal, automatic warranty tracking for our Dell and HP equipment (manual for other brands), networking mapping and some stuff I probably forgot.
The speed issue was dealt with a long time ago for me and have no more issues there and the adverts don't bug me at all.
The network map is still a bit of a mystery to me and can't seem to get it to display correctly but then it is a beta feature so things are still being worked on.
In short I can't sing its praises high enough.
21st July 2010, 12:02 PM #12
Thanks everyone so far. Good feedback.
21st July 2010, 12:02 PM #13
Used to use it but it was FAR too slow for what it did. Ended up giving up on it to be honest as it would take 4 days to inventory my network when I could go round with a pen and paper and do it faster.
21st July 2010, 12:07 PM #14
I've tried using it for inventory management and for the most part it's a good starting point. Quering installed software gets some useful licensing answers but shows up too meny drivers and patches to be really useful. We use it primarily as our helpdesk. It has the right level of simplicity/complexity to do the job we require, and I love the fact we can easily attach jobs to hardware to build up a bit of a case history.
Some of the recent features are a real boon - like remote task manager, so I can see and stop/start tasks on remote PC's.
It's turned off at the momement as I'm wondering if it's network scanning is causing problems/slowdowns across our LAN. I need to get in and have a look at the scan settings but haven't had the time - a job for the holidays I think.
21st July 2010, 12:41 PM #15
I looked at it but found it too slow and resource hungry
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