I am looking for an IT asset management and inventory tool so that I can keep track of our hardware and software. I have been searching on the internet and have found numerous applications that will do exactly what I need EXCEPT that they are all LAN / WAN based. All the systems that I have found require that computers be connected to a central server via the LAN or at least via VPN.
This is a problem for me because that vast majority of my machines are laptops in the field. And most of these do not have the option to VPN back to the office becasue they are working onsite at client locations where VPN is blocked.
Several years ago we used a tool called AssetMetrix that was an entirely web-based hosted service. To run an inventory I just sent out an email with a link. Clicking the link took users to a website that ran the agent and uploaded the data. Then I could just log into the site and run my reports. The reports were a little raw but still worked.
AssetMetrix appears to have been purchased by Microsoft and is no longer around. Does anyone know of a similar tool? Does anyone have any experience with auditing computers that are not connected to the network?