What is the best software to scan a network for software installations, patches, hardware information, etc.

I need to purchase a scanning/inventory to review the network...  Any server software suggestions would be great as well...


-software installations
-hardware information (serial numbers, bios information)
-services
-patches
copioAsked:
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Sohel RanaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi:

Are you looking for inventory tracking software or network monitoring software? I am little bit confused. If you are looking for the first one then I will agree with the expert godd31 first option :

http://www.itsolutions.intuit.com/uk/Track-It.asp

But if you are looking for network monitoring software then you can use one of these:

http://www.altiris.com/products/monitor/
http://www.gfi.com/nsm/
http://www.paessler.com/products/ipcheck/

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copioAuthor Commented:
FYI:  Cost is a factor, please suggest low cost products as my company is relucatnat to spend money.
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godd31Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi Copio,


Well the cheapest / best out there for cost and effectivness is TrackIT.
http://www.itsolutions.intuit.com/uk/Track-It.asp


here are some alternatives
http://www.iquate.com/iqnetscan.html?intro
http://www.laytontechnology.com/pages/prices/pricing_usa.htm
http://www.pcprofile.com/auditbaselinev4.htm  ??


hope that will help you on your way....

thanks

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copioAuthor Commented:
The Languard software looks like the best fit for us, thanks for the help.  Both suggestions are great...
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Sohel RanaCommented:
Thanks copio.

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