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I'm trying to document/inventory the systems in my datacenter and was wondering what other are using to complete this process. Curious to know what tools or documents are being used.

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My team uses good old Visio and Excel spreadsheets to layout everything from server infrastructure, to network backbones, to backups. Quick easy and virtually  accessible by anyone at anytime, especially when something goes down and it's really needed.

Diagrams with reference to server names, IP addresses, what those servers are for and what they are running are always helpful in a crisis. Network information and layout is also very helpful. Along with contact numbers to other departments and especially any vendor, data warehouse, and consults.
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I use Zenmap with the Nmap GUI, and Spiceworks.  

I also have a big white board in my office with the physical layout of the network drawn on it (when you're dealing with dozens of buildings, spread over 55 acres, utilizing fiber, ethernet and wireless, it's almost a necessity).  As switches or systems are added or taken out, I can add/remove stickers and mapping lines.  

It's also a good idea to have a drop down sheet of clear plastic over the board, so when a moron coworker walks in and leans against the board, they don't kill off a segment.  :-)
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My option is quite simple but effective:

NMAP to map entirely the network
GLPI as inventory software and helpdesk (very powerful if deployed and used properly)
http://www.glpi-project.org/?lang=en

And for other stuff just plain OpenOffice docs :) with a lot of PDF files (uploaded to the GLPI software)

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