As a system administrator, you should know what's crawling through the company's computer network at all times. After all, if anything goes wrong with one computer station, it's user will quickly start pestering you. So you'd better have a technical overview of each computer. However, pen and paper is not an option when you're dealing with dozens, maybe hundreds of workstations. Besides, why would you want to manually go over every detail when there is a tool that does this for you? Not only that, but it does it remotely and covers all network nodes. Network Inventory Advisor has got you covered.
As long as you have administrative network rights, Network Inventory Advisor can probe any connected computer (node) and retrieve a vast spectrum of data. Individual node data is stored as a snapshot, to create a review history. A snapshot covers all hardware details, including all peripherals and multimedia codecs. It also retrieves environment details such as user variables, running processes, services, and registered users.
What's more important, is that Network Inventory Advisor performs a thorough software check to determine all installed applications, including license data (where applicable). In the License Audit section, you can review each software license and check their code.
From the Network Structure panel, you may access summaries regarding nodes, work groups, and even network-wide. From the extracted data, Network Inventory Advisor creates a software database which you can annotate applications in two ways. You can add statuses such as "Must-have" or "Prohibited" to help with sorting and maintenance. You can also add any number of notes to an application.
Network Inventory Advisor can be set up to perform regularly scheduled scans of the network. You can always choose what kind of details to include in the reports. What's more, you can even enable triggered scans to occur whenever a change takes place on a monitored node.
As an alternative for computers which are not accessible via the network for various reasons, you have the option of exporting a custom audit agent. The agent contains several files including an executable, which must be copied and ran on the target computer. The results are saved in XML format, which Network Inventory Advisor can then import back.
Network Inventory Advisor can also scan nodes that use different operating systems, such as MacOS and Linux distributions.
- Scans network nodes for all hardware, software and environment details
- Offers an easy way to perform software license audits
- Supports individual annotations and status types for all collected programs
- Scheduled and automatic network scans
- The Remote Agent lets you integrate data from otherwise inaccessible computers.
- E-mail reports
- The scan is compatible with Windows, MacOS, Linux and SNMP nodes.
Network Inventory Advisor is highly customizable and takes away the hassle of checking each node manually. Bug your CEO and tell him/her that with Network Inventory Advisor they can have more control over their employees. They'll buy you the licenses.