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A complete and independent solution for the reporting of hardware and software assets within an enterprise environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012040D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Apr-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Apr-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Collecting hardware and software assets from an enterprise environment is a tedious and difficult task. If this is not done programmatically human error and high costs will occur. A solution to aide in this task is a set of hardware and software scanners, which are easily configurable and can report data in an easy to use standardized format.

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  A complete and independent solution for the reporting of hardware and software assets within an enterprise environment

If hardware and software asset retrieval is done programmatically the set of data returned will be consistent and complete for every workstation targeted. An administrator should be provided with a central set of tools for configuring the retrieval of information about hardware and software assets. For example, the administrator should be able to choose what type of hardware to scan for. This could include the amount of physical memory present or type of CPU installed. How installed software information is retrieved should also be configurable. Perhaps the administrators would want to filter out certain software applications or only look in the system registry for information about installed applications. This type of configuration should be done centrally and easily. The configuration data (or scanning instructions) produced would be held in a standardized output such as XML.

Once the configuration data has been generated it can be combined with the hardware and software scanning bundles for use in collecting asset information. The administrator must devise a way to get the bundles to the workstations targeted. This may be done via FTP, shared network drives, CD-ROM, or any other means that the administrator may think of. Once the bundle is physically on the workstation the scanning bundle must be invoked and initialized with the scanning instru...