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    I am looking for a server/client solution to (automatically) inventory all the software/hardware on the network.
    I am looking for something smart enough to gather all software titles (including custom apps as well as adobe QT), perhaps hdd, ram size etc. I looked at EasyVista solution, but the price tag is pretty high.

    There are about 85 computers on the network some of them in remote offices connected via VPN and if possible the inventory should be run once a week.

    I'd appreciate any suggestions (free software preferred) but I can spend some $$$.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Software/license inventory software for LAN

    Free software preferred? You're having a laugh. SMS is Microsoft's product which does this (and more) - but there are other Systems Management products out there. There is absolutely no way you're going to get this functionality free or even cheaply however. You're going to need to re-evaluate your budget requirements.


    Tom
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    • #3
      Re: Software/license inventory software for LAN

      Dear Stonelaughter (MVM)

      I considered MS SMS, Intuit TrackIt, and EasyVista as possible solutions, but since I have not used any of them I am not sure which would be the most beneficial.
      MS have SMS 2007 beta available for download, and I may just try it. Thanks for your suggestion.

      PS. free software - Actually I did throw it in for laughs

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      • #4
        Re: Software/license inventory software for LAN

        Actually, there might be something that can answer your terms...
        A friend of mine just offered me SubnetScanPro for the same purpose. You might want to take a look at it.
        I did not checked it yet, I just got it! So cannot tell you anything about it. Don't know even how much (if any) load it puts on the network. I will test in few days. If you want to wait, I'll post the results on the forum somewhere in one of the first days of the next week.

        Keep the forum posted.

        Sorin Solomon


        In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
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        • #5
          Re: Software/license inventory software for LAN

          sorinso,

          Thank you for the link, I just downloaded and scanned the network for the first time.

          Subnet Scanpro 1.07 has a very intuitive interface, all I needed to do was to enter a subnet to scan, and select what to scan. It has a nice list of scan options such as:
          - Domain
          - Role
          - Make
          - Model
          - SN
          - RAM
          - OS
          - Service Pack
          - BIOS
          - CPU Type
          - CPU Speed
          - Subnet
          - Gateway
          - MAC
          - Office version
          - NIC 0,1
          - Installed Software
          - Disk Information
          - Win Registry Key

          You have to have MS Excel installed for it ro run (I'm assuming) since it'll open up a blank MS Excel worksheet and insert all the data into columns. Surprisingly this 132KB software does an excellent job in scanning the network.

          The pros:
          - Free
          - Creates nice MS Excel report (you might need to resize rows)
          - Simple to use
          - User friendly interface

          The cons:
          - It'll stay on top of other windows while scanning (annoying)
          - Cannot write to a text file (at least I could not do it)
          - It writes installed software without commas or semicolons into a single cell (hard to sort)

          Overall the cons are not that bad, it is a great software, and runs out of the box (standalone EXE).

          I will run it on multiple subnets tomorrow, however I have a feeling that it can only scan class C subnet (still OK for most users).

          I hope that short review helped.

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          • #6
            Re: Software/license inventory software for LAN

            Now I'm impressed. Sorinso - YOU should have got the MVM award, not me... oh - wait a minute...


            Tom
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            • #7
              Re: Software/license inventory software for LAN

              Originally posted by nemo2010 View Post
              sorinso,
              Thank you for the link, I just downloaded and scanned the network for the first time.
              ......
              I hope that short review helped.
              Great job, nemo2010 !!
              Thank you for the report! This is the way to contribute to this forum! Thumb-up from me!


              Originally posted by Stonelaughter View Post
              Now I'm impressed ...
              I'm not taking the credit for this. What were the odds that someone will ask for a software that only yesterday saw it for the first time?
              Just being in the right place at the right time

              Sorin Solomon


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              • #8
                Re: Software/license inventory software for LAN

                Well, I tested the software. Really looks nice.
                The search for NICs is hard coded to only two. In my station, I have also some NICs due to use of VirtualPC, but it only gives me the physical one and the first virtual one. Is it good? Is it bad? I don't know...
                Anyway, regarding the installed software issue, I am using a VBS script I wrote some time ago, that writes the list to a CSV file. Maybe you can use it somehow.
                Here it is:

                Code:
                Const HKLM = &H80000002 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
                Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
                
                Set objNetwork = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Network")
                User = objNetwork.UserName
                HomeDir = "K:\"
                
                Set objTextFile = objFSO.CreateTextFile(HomeDir&User&".tsv", True)
                
                strComputer = "."
                strKey = "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\"
                strEntry1a = "DisplayName"
                strEntry1b = "QuietDisplayName"
                strEntry2 = "InstallDate"
                strEntry3 = "VersionMajor"
                strEntry4 = "VersionMinor"
                
                Set objReg = GetObject("winmgmts://" & strComputer & _
                 "/root/default:StdRegProv")
                objReg.EnumKey HKLM, strKey, arrSubkeys
                
                objTextFile.WriteLine strEntry1a & vbtab & _
                  strEntry2 & vbtab & _
                  "Version"
                
                
                For Each strSubkey In arrSubkeys
                  intRet1 = objReg.GetStringValue(HKLM, strKey & strSubkey, _
                   strEntry1a, strValue1)
                
                  If intRet1 <> 0 Then
                    objReg.GetStringValue HKLM, strKey & strSubkey, _
                     strEntry1b, strValue1
                  End If
                  
                  objReg.GetStringValue HKLM, strKey & strSubkey, _
                   strEntry2, strValue2
                  
                  objReg.GetDWORDValue HKLM, strKey & strSubkey, _
                   strEntry3, intValue3
                  objReg.GetDWORDValue HKLM, strKey & strSubkey, _
                   strEntry4, intValue4
                  
                
                strValues = ""
                If strValue1 <> "" Then
                    strValues = strValues & strValue1 & vbtab
                  Else
                    strValues = strValues & vbtab
                  End If
                If strValue2 <> "" Then
                        strValues = strValues & strValue2 & vbtab
                  Else
                    strValues = strValues & vbtab
                  End If
                If intValue3 <> "" Then
                         strValues = strValues & intValue3 & "." & intValue4 & vbtab
                  Else
                    strValues = strValues & vbtab
                  End If
                
                objTextFile.WriteLine strValues
                Next
                
                
                objTextFile.Close

                Sorin Solomon


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                • #9
                  Re: Software/license inventory software for LAN

                  I just came accross another great product SpiceWorks.

                  It does :
                  • Inventory and report on your company's hardware and software assets automatically.
                  • Monitor and troubleshoot the hardware and software on your network.
                  • Run an IT Help Desk for your company that's easy to use.


                  It does a nice job scanning the network, nice GUI, and reports.
                  It is a free software, but supported by google ad words (in the right column).

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                  • #10
                    Re: Software/license inventory software for LAN

                    Looks great !
                    The need for connection with the "mother ship" bothers me a bit... Especially when credentials of a user with rights on all machines of one's network is kept in the software's database...
                    I'll test if it works without the port being open on the firewall, and with a special port (not the default 80).

                    10nx, nemo2010 !

                    Sorin Solomon


                    In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Software/license inventory software for LAN

                      Looks very handy....Just what i needed for work.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Software/license inventory software for LAN

                        Tried the Subnet one today, its awesome. Very Useful

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                        • #13
                          Re: Software/license inventory software for LAN

                          the spiceworks has very good tools but someone here knows if is not a spyware or other malware builtin? or even if the all topology and soon is not sent to them after the scan?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Software/license inventory software for LAN

                            Spiceworks does not have any type of spyware/malware/adware. It is just a 100% ad supported app. It has pretty rave reviews and works very well.

                            Nothing to worry about: All of your login credentials are never passed out beyond your network.
                            Chris

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                            • #15
                              Re: Software/license inventory software for LAN

                              I am glad to hear you are so confident about it. May I ask you how are you so certain no credentials are passed outside? And by the way, are you related to the product in any way?
                              I have found that other people are asking themselves the same question on other sites and forums, so if you can post on the forum a more detailed picture of the otherwise looking promising product, it will be more than nice.

                              TIA.

                              Sorin Solomon


                              In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
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