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Software suggestion for inventory

We have asset tags on all of our equipment at our headquarters and we are looking for an open-source software alternative to store all the asset information and preferably something we can do on-prem.


Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. 

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You could use spiceworks  -- spiceworks.com
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We have tried spiceworks but looking for some others as well. 

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An excellent starting point is the complete inventory of all devices; LANSWEEPER is highly recommended here https://www.lansweeper.com/


Check out:

https://www.experts-exchange.com/dashboard/#/questions/29263903


If you are looking for an inventory solution, I would use one of these. Paid versions should offer more features but free versions are usually good enough if you are looking for a basic inventory.

Paid:
Lansweeper - https://www.lansweeper.com/product-overview/
PDQ Inventory - https://www.pdq.com/pdq-inventory/

Free
System Inventory Tool - https://www.manageengine.com/products/free-windows-tools/free-system-inventory-tool.html 

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Thank you everyone for the info. I will take a look but it looks like Lansweeper is the best one. 

Hi Folks,

A question for those participating in this thread...and any other EE members who want to jump in.

What is your definition of a "software" asset that should be included in a "software inventory"?

With equipment/hardware, it's clear what the assets are. But with software/programs, it's not so clear.

The reason I ask is that there was an EE question like this a few months ago:

Application to scan and inventory software

As noted at the thread, I wrote a program called ExeFileInfo that provides information on every EXE file on the system. I've since enhanced the program to support EXE files inside archives (7z, RAR, TAR, ZIP, etc.) and I also added a Command Line Interface (CLI) that supports entering all parameters for a run on the command line, i.e., the main GUI dialog does not appear. The CLI feature operates with the ExeFileInfo executable (ExeFileInfo.exe) so that it is now portable/stand-alone. This means that you do not have to install ExeFileInfo on a computer in order to run it. You may, for example, store the executable on a server and run it via GPO.

My feeling is that the CLI feature greatly enhances ExeFileInfo as a "software inventory" program, because IT personnel can now easily run it on all computers in the organization without having to install it on them (it needs to be installed only once, for example, on an IT Admin computer). But I still wonder whether an analysis of all EXE files really captures the notion of a "software inventory". Hence, my question above. Looking forward to your thoughts. Thanks, Joe