What is ‘Network Inventory’?
An IT network consists of various types of hardware (client PCs, servers, printers, and other peripherals) and software as well as the users. The hardware and software are commonly referred to as Network Assets, which constitute the entire network inventory.
At the simplest level, network inventory is a basic list of devices connected within the network. However, at a more advanced level, it can evolve to contain detailed information about software installed, hotfixes applied, services, and much more.
- How many computers (client PCs and servers) are in the network (domain or workgroup)?
- Which of these computers are active vs. inactive, have been added / modified?
- What hardware components (CPU, RAM, motherboard, hard discs and partitions, network card / chip, video and audio card / chip etc.) are in those client PCs and servers?
- What Operating System (Windows) version is running on each PC and server?
- What Service Packs for the OS have been installed on each PC and server?
- What software applications (including version, manufacturer etc.) are running on each PC and server?
- What all services are running on each PC and server?
IT Network Asset Management (also called IT Inventory Management) is an important part of an organization’s business strategy. It involves collecting detailed hardware and software inventory information, which are used to make decisions about purchase as well as redistribution of hardware and software over time.
IT asset management helps an IT organization manage its systems more effectively, and saves time and money by avoiding unnecessary asset purchase and/or disposing off existing resources.
How do organizations manage their network assets? Is it sufficient for them?
It’s quite common for System Managers / Admins to manually monitor the entire network, at times with dedicated personnel. That’s a challenging task, which is repetitive, error-prone, time consuming, and to a high degree wasteful of qualified systems professionals. A tool that automatically monitors the network for such information and presents a consolidated view helps with the latest status as well as not take up important human resources for such tasks.
SysExpertez: A solution for network asset tracking, monitoring, and management
SARANGSoft SysExpertez is a comprehensive asset, domain, and operations management application with a number of exciting features that help manage IT assets, Active Directory domains, and operations in the network. It automates and simplifies the repetitive tasks and quickly provides accurate results through an easy-to-use interface.
It’s like a set of CCTVs within your network, so that you as the System Manager / Admin can get a full view through the “Admin Console”, as if sitting in a “Control Room”. The powerful Admin Console is super-easy to use with a simple menu-driven UI that also looks and feels great.
6 thoughts on “How important is to know the network inventory?”
In order to maintain items that will be needed for orders and placements and to eliminate those unwanted, it is important and healthy for businesses to make plans, rules and regulations, and orders to maintain stability and to make sure there is control of the inventory, both on order and both in stock.
Wasn’t aware the extent of IT Network Asset Management until I read this article. Thanks for sharing this informative piece!!
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I wasn’t aware that network inventory was so important. I’ll admit that I’m not good with a computer. It’s one of the reason’s I’m happy for people who specialize in IT.
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