Well, if you have MDOP, you already have this tool called the “Asset Inventory Service (AIS)” and today Microsoft announced a new version of the tool is now available.
“AIS is a cloud based asset intelligence solution that provides a comprehensive inventory collection of your Windows software and hardware.”
“New AIS is even better solution for asset managers and IT Pros. Through a modern user interface that supports eleven languages it is now much easier to use. Also the software reports are now easier to read by aggregating software by major and minor versions and by providing hardware filters to quickly show information like serial number, logged in user, and make/model.
AIS will also now look into the Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) cache to give you a more accurate inventory of all the apps running on the machine. It also still also has app knowledgebase with hundreds of thousands of app signatures and the ability to integrate your volume license information into AIS. This integration makes understanding what you own and what you've deployed much easier to determine,” Stephen L Rose stated.
So how much how much work is it to setup? “Since AIS is a cloud service, there’s no server infrastructure to stand up. No rack space requests no (virtual) sever to build, no network connection to order, nothing. AIS only needs an internet connection and a self-updating agent that needs to be installed on the machines you want to inventory. You can easily have AIS deployed and gathering information in a matter of days which means the asset managers no longer have to ask you for help and you can get back to doing the work that drive the business forward.”
You can learn more about AIS and other MDOP products, at the MDOP Resource Zone on TechNet.
[Source: Windows blog]