Welcome to the System Center Online Services, Asset Inventory Service forums. If you are participating in our current Asset Inventory Service Technology Preview, you are already one of our best customers with Windows Client, Software Assurance and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. You may have questions that others have had before you, or you may have suggestions for the Microsoft development team for the next version of the service. If you don’t have all that, you may be here because you want to hear about other people’s experience with the service, or register for our upcoming technology preview.
In both cases we want to welcome you and encourage you to post your ideas, feedback, questions, input and comments.
What is it? Asset Inventory Service is a hosted service that allows you to download a small client and install it on your PCs, upon which the client will register and report the software inventory of that PC to a web-based service. The service compares the list with the AIS central software title catalog, rationalizes the publisher, names and version numbers, and categorizes the software in your report. You (and your designee’s) can then securely access the reports through a simple-to-use webpage after providing proper credentials. You can use these reports to simply count your installations, prepare for your next round of procurement, or check the successful deployment of applications.
In the future, you will also be able to compare this information to your Microsoft software licenses and automatically build your license reconciliation reports.
How is the service available? Currently in beta, the Asset Inventory Service ‘Community Technology Preview is a beta program available only to Software Assurance customers who have purchased the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). The upcoming CTP program provides a pre-release opportunity to deploy the final release candidate of the AIS service before the final release to MDOP for SA customers later this year.
We will be expanding the availability of the Asset Inventory Service offering to more customers in future releases.