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Free Tool to Automate Server Documentation Released

By patrick.ogenstad ·

I have just released SYDI-Server 2.0, which is part of the Open Source SYDI Project. The goal of SYDI is to help people document their networks or servers; a secondary goal is to do an inventory.

SYDI-Server is written in vbscript, it uses WMI to collect information from Windows Servers and Clients and writes information to XML or Microsoft Word.

You can download SYDI-Server 2.0 from the SYDI website:

The most exiting update for this release is the script ss-xml2word.vbs. It enables you to;

1. Convert a SYDI-Server XML file to word: Useful in situations where you don?t have Word installed. On a DMZ or running a scheduled task from a server.
2. Keep your documentation updated: In combination with the XML file from SYDI-Server you can create an own file where you have the written documentation for the target system. The two files are combined to a final Word report.

I have also added support for IIS, on target computers running Windows Server 2003. In this version the script only collects the most basic settings; more will come in later versions.

I have gotten a lot of positive feedback from users of the project in the past and I believe it would be useful for your readers to know about it.

Best regards
Patrick Ogenstad
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This tool is great!

by smadison In reply to Free Tool to Automate Ser ...

Any chance you have have a tool which creates documentation for a Novell Netware Server?

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by BleedingEdge In reply to This tool is great!

Novell comes with a documentatin tool, Config.nlm.

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Very Good Tool

by mohammedt In reply to Config

I really thank you for the tool which has saved a lot of time and helped documenting our internal servers. Keep us the good work and hope you may add the option to pull the information from multiple servers.

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How about Win services

by kdb01 In reply to Free Tool to Automate Ser ...

Hi, Any plans on including windows services configurations such as DNS, DHCP, AD site replication etc? (Good work for the rest!)

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Documenting Services

by davidhomer In reply to How about Win services


Maybe you should take a look at the following it may have some of the features you are looking for. There is a free version which is limited to a certain number of Items and the commercial version. There is support for DNS, AD Site replication etc


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RE: Documenting Services

by hgsimp In reply to Documenting Services

I can certainly recommend XIA Configuration, I've been using it to automatically document my network infrastructure and it's saved me a huge amount of time and effort. The support from CENTREL Solutions is superb!

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sounds good

by jawara In reply to Free Tool to Automate Ser ...

can't wait to take it on a test run

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Oracle Server

by tayar77 In reply to Free Tool to Automate Ser ...

Any chance you have have a tool which creates documentation for a Oracle Database Server?

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