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Agent-Less discovery and Asset Management.

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grv8286
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Agent-Less discovery and Asset Management.

For the Assest Management, can UCMDB/UD help in remote audit (collect information about hardware and software) of every PC in the network without having to install client modules.

Can this work in domains and workgroups, including restricted subnets and has no any specific requirements for remote PCs (no agent installation required.)

Will this network scanning be parallel for PCs?

Can this agent-less discovery give the following details to us:-

- OS and System Information for Every PC
- Installed Software Inventory
- Software License Compliance Audit
- Installation Changes Tracking

a)    System Settings Collected from Remote PCs: Operating System, System Environment, Runtime System Information, Shared Resources, System Services, Startup Commands, Scheduled Tasks, User Accounts, Running Processes, Environment Variables, Program Folders, Drive Mappings, ODBC Data Sources, Network Protocols
b)   Software Information Collected from Remote PCs: Installed Applications, OS Hotfixes
c)   Software Licenses Management: Installed Applications Summary, Reconcile Licenses Report, Licenses Change Tracking, Applications Filtering, Applications Grouping
d)   Data Scan Options: Customizable Set of Data Extracted from Remote PCs, Custom Scan Criteria
e)    Hardware Information Collected from Remote PCs: Processor, BIOS, Motherboard, Memory, Memory Banks,
Graphic Card, Monitor, Disk Drives, CD/DVD Drives, Printers, Network Cards, Modems
f)   Remote Scan Operations: Automatic Network Enumeration, Clientless Remote Inventory, Inventory Collection Stub, Remote File System and Registry Scan, Auto Processing, Alternative Credentials
g)   Inventory Data Management: Changeable Asset Data, Inventory Data Protection, PC Locking, Export Displayed Data,
h)   Reporting: Detailed Reports for One or Multiple PCs, Save Reports in Various Formats, Customizable Report Title, Query Reports, SQL Query Builder, Custom Reports

 

A simple Yes or No can suffice my requirement as of now. However, comments will be appriciated.

Thanks.

Gaurav

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cbowditch
Super Contributor.

Re: Agent-Less discovery and Asset Management.

Gaurav, what you're looking for will likely require a combination of UCMDB/UD and HP Asset Manager.  UCMDB/UD can gather all the infomation about your PCs, but it doesn't have the software license information you need for comprehensive license compliance reporting.  That's where Asset Manager comes in.  UCMDB/UD has built-in processes for pushing its discovered data to HPAM for proper asset management and license compliance controls.  Luckily, UCMDB/UD licenses come bundled with HPAM to reduce cost.

As to the specifics of what UCMDB/UD can discover with agentless scans, pretty much everything you're asking about can be scanned without installing a permanent agent on the target PC.  The inventorying process will copy a scanner executable to the target to gather information, but that executable will be removed once the scan is complete.  Keep in mind that if you have portable devces like laptops that only get connected to the network once in a while, you may want an agent on them.  Since they won't usually be connected when a scheduled scan starts, the agent will automatically "call home" to the UCMDB server whenever the laptop is connected so that the scan can be kicked off.

Some of the things you're asking about are not scanned for out of the box.  Environment Variables, ODBC data sources and mapped drives are not typically scanned for by the included jobs.  However, anything that you can find out with a command-line command can be easily added to a custom script and mapped back to UCMDB data fields.

Hope this helps.