Adding a new asset
Over time, you'll probably add an asset or ten to your organization. When iInventory scans that asset, the software provides you with a status window outlining the scan's progress.
I found iInventory to be an excellent tool when it comes to keeping track of computer and software assets. With prices starting at $5.50 per seat for 2,500 seats up to $21 per seat for 11 seats, smaller organizations might not find it quite as valuable as larger ones, though.
For complete pricing, go to iInventory's price list.
One major feature offered by iInventory is its capability to scan Linux and Mac workstations, which might soften the financial blow for smaller organizations that need to include these kinds of assets in their scans.
The kind of information provided by iInventory can also be invaluable when it comes to software compliance audits, so the cost may be justified there as well.
iInventory, as of this writing, would scan both Windows Server 2003 and Vista machines, but these operating systems cannot house the software. Instead, you must install iInventory into an XP machine or a Windows 2000 server. I initially ran into installation problems when trying to install to Windows Server 2003 and did not even consider this possibility. In my opinion, this is a huge problem that the company should address as soon as possible.
Once I had that out of the way, when I launched the iInventory executable I downloaded from their site, the installation program for Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 started. The iInventory download is a self-extracting installer and, for whatever reason, the installation routine kicked off a different setup.exe file that just happened to be on my system. Once I moved iInventory's installer to a different location, it installed without a hitch.
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Since 1994, Scott Lowe has been providing technology solutions to a variety of organizations. After spending 10 years in multiple CIO roles, Scott is now an independent consultant, blogger, author, owner of The 1610 Group, and a Senior IT Executive with CampusWorks, Inc. Scott is available for consulting, writing, and speaking engagements and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.