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Software/Hardware Inventory Tool for Remote Offices

I need an inventory of all the computers in my company (name, users, OS, installed programs, license status, etc.).  Unfortunately, the machines are spread out over many offices, some of them hundreds of miles away, with no onsite IT support.  We do not share an AD structure, although some of the offices do have their own internal AD structure.  Does anyone have experience with a similar scenario?

I'm imagining an app or something that I could make available on a website where individual users can simply click and run a scan on their computer, and the results are made available for me.  User-friendly is essential, since few of the workers are what you'd call tech-savvy.  Does something like this exist?  Preferably free or cheap, as I don't plan on heavy use in the future.

Edit: I don't have exact numbers of how many computers are in the organization, but I think it will be somewhere between 50 and 75.  So not all that many, but hard to keep track of, due to distance.
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Tomasz Czyz
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rindiCommented:
Checkout spiceworks. It is free, and it is much more powerful than just giving those details you are looking for. You can also use it to get you notified if there is an issue with something. You'll have to install it on at least one PC on each site (preferably one you can remote access into).

http://spiceworks.com
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Tomasz CzyzAuthor Commented:
Hey Rindi, thanks for your reply.

I'm checking out Spiceworks now and I saw this, "Spiceworks IT Desktop is
Designed For IT Pros who have admin rights on their network."  Although technically I could probably log on to every computer if I had physical access, we have a large number of mobile users (probably 30%) who are not part of any centralized network - no AD, not even a file share.  I have no way of locating these computers other than contacting their owners, no way of controlling whether they're turned on or not, and I doubt their respective owners would appreciate me giving myself on-demand remote access.  I'm not even sure how many of these machines there are.

What I'm hoping to do is shoot out an email to everyone in the company asking them to "click this link and run the program".  Ideally, it would require little to no input from the user - simply run the scan and report to an IP address.  Anything that requires users to do more complicated tasks than simply clicking Run>Next>Next>Finished will inevitably be met by confusion and stonewalling from several people.

Is Spiceworks capable of doing this?  If not, do you have any other solutions?
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rindiCommented:
You can have those users install spice works, or probably better, just wait for them to visit one of your offices where you have your spiceworks running. When they connect to the LAN at that office spiceworks should find them and include them in the inventory. I'm sure all those users visit their offices more or less regularly.
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
If you're pretty much looking for a one-time audit rather than an ongoing remote management and auditing program (which is what Spiceworks is), you might want to look at SIW (System Information for Windows) from Topala Systems:

http://www.gtopala.com/

The audit process can be run from a batch file and set to run silently, so you should be able to do what you've described above in terms of having a user run it themselves.
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Tomasz CzyzAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the responses!
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Tomasz CzyzAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the responses!
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