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Just checking whether anyone has tried this product and has any pros or cons to report.  I'd like to try it out but am wary of installing in production environment without feedback.

"Ecora Auditor Lite is an agentless Windows® application that installs on a Windows workstation and collects hundreds of thousands of configuration settings to generate on-demand, detailed configuration reports.  With a click of a button, users can document VMware ESX servers; Microsoft Windows and Exchange servers, SQL Server databases, Active Directory, and workstations; HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, RedHat Linux, and Novell NetWare servers; Oracle databases, Citrix and IIS applications; Lotus Domino servers; and Cisco routers. Systems change constantly, and each change ? whether planned or unplanned ? can trigger downtime or a security breach. Current IT documentation, especially in today?s compliance-driven IT environments, is essential. Auditor Lite eliminates the time-consuming and error prone manual process of data collection and ensures accurate, timely documentation of the IT infrastructure. Ecora Auditor Lite provides consistent, standardized configuration documentation that aids in: ? IT Audits ? Provide up-to-date, accurate documentation of the infrastructure in a format that is easy to understand. ? Security ? Discover suspicious or sub-optimal configuration settings and close security holes. ? Disaster Recovery ? ...."

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Here's what I would do: Install the whole thing inside a virtualized environment to try it out. Such as a windows workstations running inside the VMware Player instances or using some other competitively priced virtualization tools.

I have actually tried the Ecora Auditor Lite. They say it is agentless? Yet as I remember correctly it needs .NET on targets and it installed some (two IIRC) services on a machine running the Auditor. So in a sense it is agentless, indeed. But there's a lot of baggage coming with it and it looks outright ugly. The reports look ugly and the program itself is ugly as hell. It seems if as Ecora has no UI designers on board. Try it, it might just satisfy your need for simple reports, if you're not fluent in writing WMI or Windows Powershell queries yourself, but the looks certainly don't invite to upgrade so you don't have to worry about falling under the spell of it and unwillingly shelling out the green for something you don't really want.

most of all, stay secure ;)
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