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Good network documentation package?

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Hello - I am looking for a good software package that will document the configuration and specs on all the network attached nodes. I'm looking for info such as OS, installed software, HW configs, permissions, mapped drives, etc., and be able to somehow generate a consolidated report on the findings. I am doing this in advance of budgeting for replacements and upgrades for next year.
I have used BelArc, which is fine, but requires installation on each machine, and is not network-manageable. I have also looked at Ecora, although I haven't tried any of their products yet.
Any suggestions/recommendations? Oh - I would like something that could reach through AD to all the clients and prevent me from putting unnecessary miles on my shoes!

thanks a lot -

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by frussoniello In reply to Good network documentatio ...

I use Asset Tracker for Networks from Alchemy-Labs ( Installation and setup are easy, and you can have the clients run the program from a logon script. It gives a choice as to what information is collected, as well as what types of reports to generate.

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by tapani.taivalantti In reply to Good network documentatio ...


Very good open source solution for inventory is also OCS Inventory NG. I use older version of it and it is quite good, you can take inventory from Linux machines. Printers and other network devices can be added manualy to lists. Data collection is added to logon scripts and in Linux client is installed as service.

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by tom.fields In reply to Good network documentatio ...

If you only mean PC's and servers PrefixNE will do all of the above

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by dryflies In reply to Good network documentatio ...

I use webcensus from tally systems to document my client workstations and servers. it updates transparently every week when the user logs in. It if you contact they will allow you a free trial. it inventories both HW, SW and patch level.
For my actual network documentation I use M$ visio which is excellent for documenting network hardware. I have just begun looking at its capabilities WRT documenting my AD. it also has templates for documenting netware and LDAP.

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by robyn.repeta In reply to Good network documentatio ...

Have you tried using allCLEAR analyzer?
check out for their FREE trial.

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An excellent FREE network documentation product

by hubblecat In reply to Good network documentatio ...

For those just beginning this process:
An excellent alternative is Spiceworks ( It's easy to setup, use, and maintain. Includes trouble ticket tracking, hardware and software inventories, licensure information, security status of each node, and AD integrated.

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