Asset Inventory Overview

The asset inventory function enables you to track your software, hardware, and virtual assets. Performing an asset scan enables you to thoroughly and dynamically discover and catalog your IT assets. You will discover physical and virtual machines you didn’t even know you had and uncover software applications you didn’t know were installed. By eliminating these blind spots, you can quickly close the gaps in your security and policy compliance. By consolidating hardware, software, and virtual machine asset information in one location, you have all relevant information about your assets at your fingertips, enabling you to make informed decisions with confidence and accuracy.

The function works by performing scans to detect and categorize the software and hardware contained on your machines. You can also scan for the properties of your online and offline virtual machines. Detailed information about your software, hardware, and virtual assets is available immediately following a scan.

You also have the ability to create reports that can be used to track your asset inventory over time. For example, you might create a scheduled scan of your ESX servers that automatically generates and sends usage reports to your IT personnel. So in addition to providing you with visibility and understanding of the IT assets in your network, the asset inventory function is also a great record keeping tool for use in audits.

There are three different types of asset inventory scans that can be performed: Software, Hardware, and Virtual Infrastructure.

Note: Asset scans can be performed in either an agentless or an agent-based fashion. This section describes the agentless process. For information on performing agent-based asset scans, see Creating and Configuring an Asset Task.

Software Asset Scan

Scans for the software components contained on one or more machines. You can perform this scan on physical machines, online virtual machines, offline virtual machines, and virtual machine templates.

This scan helps you answer the following important questions:

Hardware Asset Scan

Scans for the hardware components contained on one or more machines. You can perform this scan on physical machines and online virtual machines. Offline virtual machines and virtual machine templates are ignored by this scan.

This scan helps you answer the following important questions:

Virtual Infrastructure Asset Scan

Note: Virtual asset scans can only be performed in an agentless manner. You cannot use an agent to perform a virtual asset scan.

Scans for the properties of one or more online/offline virtual machines and virtual machine templates. Physical machines are ignored by this scan.

This scan helps you answer the following important questions:

Shavlik Protect's Advantages Over Other Virtual Asset Tools

With Shavlik Protect, all the virtual machine information you want is consolidated nicely in one location. With most tools you must spend a lot of time and energy clicking around in different tables to locate the information you want. In order to present it in an organized fashion you need to copy the information from multiple sources and then paste it into a text or spreadsheet program. With Shavlik Protect's asset inventory feature, all the information is readily available in one location and is easily groupable and sortable.

The virtual machine information is also easily distributable. The reporting feature enables you to generate several different reports that contain a considerable amount of information. The reports can be printed or they can be exported to a number of different electronic formats, enabling you save them to disk, view them with the program of your choice, or e-mail them to others.