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Physical Inventory from client off via logical external USB host device Disclosure Number: IPCOM000011750D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Mar-12
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Mar-12

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Physical inventory of personal computers and computer device contents is very important to large enterprise customers. This information is used in their asset security plan, account records, and is essential to support team. The most widely used method requires an operational computer since most of the inventory applications either remotely query across the network or run locally on the client and send a file across the network. Another method is a physical inventory, provides information about the system unit but does not provide information about the actual device contents. To obtain that information, the person conducting the inventory would have to have access to passwords (boot, HDD, screen saver), which typically violates security policies. The use of the admin password is not an option, since it's limited to preboot environment. This disclosure explains how a low cost USB device can attach to a turned off computer and pull out the inventory information.