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Network Surveyor / Inventory App Needed

Ive been researching this for a while, but cant seem to find anything with the right feature set, so I figured Id ask for recommendations here.

We are an Integration / Consulting outfit. Im looking for an application that I can load on my laptop that can be used for quick LAN analysis when we make initial visits to a potential new client. Most of what Ive seen focuses on long-term asset management and tracking at a single site; what I need is a quick, one-shot Inventory tool that we can use for taking snapshots of multiple customers for later analysis back at our office.

Heres a capability wish list:

"Run from my laptop, but able to scan as the Domain Admin (the customer will provide us with credentials).
"Inventory all Nodes on the LAN, including Switches, Routers, Firewalls, Printers, etc.
"For Servers/Workstations, gather OS, Disk Space, Memory, and Installed Applications
"NO client-side agent installation required.
"Capability to save the scan, and export the data to a .csv. Other reporting capabilities (Executive Summary, etc) and output formats would also be welcome.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
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JoeCommented:
Hello guardian_angel_computer_services,

I would recommend 2 programs that will do exactly what you are looking for.


The Dude  (FREE)

http://www.mikrotik.com/thedude.php

Some of it's features:

    * The Dude is free of charge!
    * Auto network discovery and layout
    * Discovers any type or brand of device
    * Device, Link monitoring, and notifications
    * Includes SVG icons for devices, and supports custom icons and backgrounds
    * Easy installation and usage
    * Allows you to draw your own maps and add custom devices
    * Supports SNMP, ICMP, DNS and TCP monitoring for devices that support it
    * Individual Link usage monitoring and graphs
    * Direct access to remote control tools for device management
    * Supports remote Dude server and local client
    * Runs in Linux Wine environment, MacOS Darwine, and Windows
    * Best price/value ratio compared to other products (free of charge)

Spiceworks Inventory Software  (FREE)

http://www.spiceworks.com/



 You want IT management software that works for you, not software that makes you work. You wish you could have it... without spending a fortune. Your wish is granted.

Introducing the free Spiceworks IT Desktop. Designed, tested and used by 100,000 IT pros in 185 countries. Spiceworks has the everyday IT features you need:

    * Inventory and report on your company's hardware and software assets automatically.
    * Monitor and troubleshoot the hardware and software on your network.
    * Run an IT Help Desk for your company that's easy to use.

It takes less than 5 minutes to get up and running. No agents. No scripts. No manual. No hassles. Just download Spiceworks and go.

And, Spiceworks is really free. No trials. No time or device limits. Simply free. All thanks to sponsorships by top technology vendors.




Regards,

JoeZ430
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guardian_angel_computer_servicesAuthor Commented:
Tried both. While they have some nice features (especially the price), they don't meet some of my key needs:
Spiceworks is a bit slow and has too many 'unknown device' detections.
The Dude does not determine the OS of clients.
I am not just looking for Freeware - we will pay for the right package.
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JoeCommented:
If you are willing to spend money you should download and test LANSurveyor. Below is a link to the information about this product.


http://www.operativesoft.com/html/lansurveyor.htm
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JoeCommented:
Sorry, you should get the product from this site.

http://www.solarwinds.net/products/LANsurveyor/index.aspx
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guardian_angel_computer_servicesAuthor Commented:
Also tried it. LanSurveyor requires the Neon Responder applet installed on all PCs/Servers to collect sytem information (Ram, applications, etc). I want a hands-off scan.
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JoeCommented:
How many unknowns did spiceworks find?
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JoeCommented:
There may be a firewall on the machine blocking access, if this is the case you are going to have problems with other software too.
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guardian_angel_computer_servicesAuthor Commented:
Understood. Killing local FWs temporarily (during scan time) is no do-able for the scenario I am trying to get to. In the case of the LAN I am testing on, all Windows FWs are disabled by Domain Policy.
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JoeCommented:
You can also try another program called OpenAudit. This program is also free but may be able to scan the network faster for you, and pickup some things spiceworks didn't pickup. I used to use this software before we switched to Spiceworks.

http://www.open-audit.org/
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Erik BjersPrincipal Systems AdministratorCommented:
DameWare NT Utilites is a good one http://www.dameware.com/

You will always run into problems if your clients are using firewalls on the workstations, as many of these will reject the scan.

You need to know what ports are used by what ever scanner you use, and may need to tell your clients to modify or disable the firewall policies before your visit, they can always change back after you leave.

eb
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mpeacockbcCommented:
I use the Adventnet range of software. It is a browser based software but works well in our environment. You can setup multiple networks within the asset portion of Service Desk (help desk management) but I believe that they have an asset manager seperately.

http://www.adventnet.com

They have various trials and free versions. I have tried other systems, but ultimately, for me, this has a great feature set.

-Matt
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NOSITCommented:
Try spiceworks again but put this in a logon script first, it will allow spiceworks to connect throught the windows firewall, you can obviously close it again by reversing the script.

"netsh firewall set service remoteadmin enable"
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NOSITCommented:
I think the only one that fits the bill is spiceworks apart from exporting to a CSV file it does all other requirements, so whoever recomended it should get some points.
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