The first and the most important part of IT Asset Management (ITAM) is to be able to scan/discover all the assets in your network. Only when you have discovered all the assets can you efficiently monitor and manage them. AssetExplorer gives you a wide range of asset scanning methods to make sure that you get them all.
All the assets in the network are broadly categorized in AssetExplorer as IT Assets, non-IT assets, asset components, software and groups.
If you got it in your network, its got to be on your dashboard! To do that, following are the various scanning methods available in AssetExplorer:
The two primary ways to scan all the Windows machines in your network are:
This scanning mode is set in AssetExplorer by default. In this method the scanning is done through Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).
In this method, an agent is installed in the workstation (in the same network or remote location) to be scanned. The first time, agent sends all information about the asset inventory to the AssetExplorer, after which it will send only the changes in the inventory.
Windows domain scans
Any assets coming under the Windows domain can be scanned using this method.
Network and network range scans
This method of asset scanning can be used for all IP devices, such as, routers, switches, printers and assets running Linux, Solaris and MAC OS. Enter the Network or the network range and AssetExplorer takes care of rounding up the assets to the dashboard.
Individual asset scan
You can also scan the assets individually by providing the IP address of the asset.
When all else fails or if you have a csv file of all your assets and want to import that file, you can just import the file and add all the assets to AssetExplorer.