Understanding what hardware and software are installed across an organization is the most basic step to effective systems management, and often one of the most difficult to complete accurately without major investments in time and resources. Crucial areas such as license compliance, security and the knowledge to accurately perform upgrades and migrations can all be automated using K1000 inventory capabilities, saving time and money by eliminating manual, error-prone tasks.
The K1000 provides comprehensive IT asset management through unified discovery, inventory, asset management and reporting for virtually the entire enterprise infrastructure, regardless of OS platform. The K1000 delivers detailed hardware and software inventory information for Windows, Mac, Linux and UNIX systems, and also provides detailed hardware inventory for Chromebooks. It auto-discovers network-wide hardware and software configurations through managed agents or agentless network scanning for a complete device inventory. Detailed configuration information is captured for desktops, notebooks, servers, printers and networking equipment, such as routers and switches.
The K1000 agentless inventory capabilities enable scanning of the entire network to identify and catalog all network-connected devices. Agentless technology enables inventory for systems when an agent should not be installed for older operating system versions unsupported by agents, and for any connected non-computing devices, such as printers or IP telephones*. All such connected devices can be inventoried and included in asset management, and SNMP object identifiers can be received from each device and tracked – such as toner levels for printers.
For systems that run on operating systems that do not support the K1000 agent, the K1000 machine inventory API allows the inventory information to be scripted at the endpoint. Then it is pushed on to the K1000 by uploading the generated XML file over a secure, authenticated and authorized HTTP connection. Agentless device inventory is useful for identifying systems for K1000 agent deployment, as well as tracking devices for implementing the machine inventory API where installing agents is not practical or possible.
Dynamic groups provide a convenient way to implement policies in software distribution, patching and configuration management by allowing like computers to be grouped as targets to be recipients of these specific activities. Groupings can be created using such criteria as similar hardware and software, network location or department and/or organizational unit. As an example, consider a group set up to free up disk space and improve performance by initiating a defrag disks operation automatically. Machines which hit a disk space free threshold could be filtered into the group dynamically, and would automatically exit after the operation has completed.
The K1000 automatically pulls Dell Warranty information for all Dell devices - PCs, laptops, printers, servers, storage, and peripherals - directly into the K1000 console. Information such as the shipped date, expiry date and links directly to the Dell warranty site allow users of Dell systems to address warranty expiration of managed assets by choosing to refresh assets, buy extended warranties or retire them. This enables efficient IT asset lifecycle management, thereby significantly reducing costs by avoiding post-warranty maintenance costs, and gaining savings from retiring old assets in a timely manner. The Dell Warranty canned reports make it easier for users to monitor warranty expiration of all Dell assets.
*Inventory and asset management for Chromebooks and non-computing devices is priced lower than for management of other computing systems. Please check with your local representative.
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