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What methods are available to take stock of software inventory on a network

By fasit ·
First time poster here so plz bear with me if this has been asked before. I have recently completed my MCITP studies and have got some work experience at a computer animation school. The school principal has asked for a physical inventory of the schools IT equipment. (3 servers, 10 admin (incl: tutors) and approx 90 students) I have completed that task.
However the school principal also wants an inventory of all software installed on PCs (excl: servers) This could be an administrative nightmare. Is there a quick fix for finding out this info or will it involve me doing the pencil and paper at each and every student and staff PC?

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It's called Symantec Altiris Inventory Solution

by robo_dev In reply to What methods are availabl ...
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Thx for suggestion

by fasit In reply to What methods are availabl ...

Thx robo-dev I'll give it a whirl.

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Altiris might be a tad expensive for you, if so

by Charles Bundy In reply to What methods are availabl ...
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If your network is Active Directory

by Charles Bundy In reply to What methods are availabl ...

Use WMI scripting to enumerate software.

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SpiceWorks. Software inventory and much more.

by TasMot In reply to What methods are availabl ...

Look Here: http://www.spiceworks.com/free-software-inventory-audit-tool/


disclosure - I use spiceworks on my network but have no other relationship to the company or product......

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by mark.railton In reply to SpiceWorks. Software inv ...

I second spiceworks, used to use it to help manage a small network for a call centre and admin and works a treat, was even able to monitor the exchange box for mailstore issues

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Appreciate the help

by fasit In reply to What methods are availabl ...

Thx all for the advice. I may use the Spiceworks software but will also look into the WMI scripting suggestion. It would give me some experience in doing the job through both a GUI and command-line approach.

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