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Operating System Poll

I need to be able to run a script to determine all the operating systems that are running on my network.  It would be preferable if I could also see the computer names and whatever other information I can get my hands on.  What is the best and quickest way to poll for this information?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You could download PSINFO, then, as an admin, run:

FOR /l %a in (1,1,254) do PSINFO \\x.y.z.%a

(Replacing x.y.z with your typical subnet, for example, 192.168.1.%a)

This won't get you name info, but it does return OS types

You can also try the free network management software, Spiceworks.

PSInfo gives information like this:
PsInfo v1.73 - Local and remote system information viewer
Copyright (C) 2001-2005 Mark Russinovich
Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com

System information for \\
Uptime:                    96 days 20 hours 4 minutes 54 seconds
Kernel version:            Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2, Multiprocessor Free
Product type:              Enterprise Edition
Product version:           5.2
Service pack:              1
Kernel build number:       3790
Registered organization:
Registered owner:          Name entered during setup
Install date:              5/13/2006, 3:06:03 AM
Activation status:         Error reading status
IE version:                6.0000
System root:               C:\WINDOWS
Processors:                2
Processor speed:           2.0 GHz
Processor type:            AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
Physical memory:           2304 MB
Video driver:              Standard VGA Graphics Adapter
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