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is there a tool available that will search the entire network and find only solaris systems

and list everything about the system in a detailed report:

Some information needed

Make/Model    OS       Version       Serial number:          IP address     Hostname    Install aPPS. last booted or uptime


I know there are powershell and vbscript tools and apps for windows, but not sure if there is anything for locating and completeing an complete inventory of ONLY Solaris systems with a detail report. I am a solaris/unix newbie, so any recommendations or suggestions welcomed.

Please note:  These solaris systems are on various subnet, and physical locations, some are even unknown, and some have been decommissioned, some renamed, just need validation of ones currently running on the network and listed with report of hardware/software details.
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Interesting (2 part) question, and I'd like to know the answer myself as a little research brought back some _very_vague answers...e.g. http://www.opensitesolutions.com/services/network-mgmt.php#nim lists a bunch of tools, but their documentation is rather light on how they do network discovery!

Part 1: ID'ing a _hardened_ device on a network is going to be difficult, as it won't return much info if properly configured; That said, tools like NMap or Nessus will "audit" devices to see if they give any clues away ;-)

Part 2: Some of this info is easy to collect once you're on the system, some (Model, Serial Number, installed apps) can be very difficult - e.g. most older Sun hardware doesn't have the serial number written into the eeprom, and "unpackaged" apps like Oracle can be hard to detect from the command line.

Good luck - listening in :-)
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Interesting (2 part) question, and I'd like to know the answer myself as a little research brought back some _very_vague answers...e.g. http://www.opensitesolutions.com/services/network-mgmt.php#nim lists a bunch of tools, but their documentation is rather light on how they do network discovery!

Part 1: ID'ing a _hardened_ device on a network is going to be difficult, as it won't return much info if properly configured; That said, tools like NMap or Nessus will "audit" devices to see if they give any clues away ;-)

Part 2: Some of this info is easy to collect once you're on the system, some (Model, Serial Number, installed apps) can be very difficult - e.g. most older Sun hardware doesn't have the serial number written into the eeprom, and "unpackaged" apps like Oracle can be hard to detect from the command line.

Good luck - listening in :-)
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Thanks Indyrb; I'm sorry (we) didn't get any answers on this, as I'm getting involved in a Configuration Management project, and one of the main tasks will be discovering and inventorying existing systems. We're looking at tools like Tripwire and Tivoli Endpoint Manager that would be far more than you wanted, but I'll pass on any tips you may find relevant.

If you do decide to try out tools like Open-AudIT (the ready set-up, free VM download seems like an easy way to get started!) or ocsinventory-ng, I'd be interested to hear about your findings.

Regards, tfewster
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