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Old 11-28-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
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seeking tool for linux workstation installed parts "report"


Please recommend a good tool that will
  • scan the hardware on a running workstation
  • scan the software on a running workstation
  • collect the details
  • chew on the details
  • format and present a "report"
I plan to use the report for a few reasons.
  1. a listing of the current state of the workstation
  2. an "inventory" statement in case the workstation is stolen or burns or explodes (grin), etc.
  3. a checklist of parts when wanting to "clone" that workstation out of a second pile of parts

In the win-dose world, I found this tool called Belarc Advisor.
It does a scan and creates a report formatted as an HTML page. Here is a fragment:
Code:
Computer Profile Summary
Computer Name:  	kaywine (in GRILLON)
Profile Date:  	Wednesday, 08 February, 2012 15:23:13
Advisor Version:  	8.2f
Windows Logon:  	saint
 
Plan for your next computer refresh...
click for Belarc's System Management products
 
Operating System new  server roles 	  	System Model
Windows 7 Professional (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)
Installed: 02-Dec-11 18:36:16 	  	LENOVO 4294CTO ThinkPad X220 Tablet
System Serial Number: R9K6ZNG
Chassis Serial Number: R9K6ZNG
Enclosure Type: Notebook
Processor a 	  	Main Circuit Board b
2.50 gigahertz Intel Core i5-2520M
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
3072 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Hyper-threaded (4 total) 	  	Board: LENOVO 4294CTO
Serial Number: 1ZK5D1BP6NB
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: LENOVO 8DET56WW (1.26 ) 12/01/2011

...
I've attached the full report below. Remame TXT to HTML and open in a browser. (I did not include graphics and baggage content.)

Thanks in advance,
~~~ 0;-Dan
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:28 PM   #2
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have you looked at boot info?
http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/bootinfoscript/

as to software installed
a small script to quarry your package manager
for example on a RPM based OS
Code:
rpm -qa > rpmList

Last edited by John VV; 11-28-2012 at 05:30 PM.
 
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:50 PM   #3
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I am familiar with the suite of tools, 'lspci' 'lsusb' 'lsmod' ... 'hwinfo' 'modinfo' ... and so on.
I am certain that there are more scanners than one might possible want. Further, I have the skill to script a box of scanners, collect the output files, slice and dice the output, and format a report.
My post hopes that someone can save me that effort and direct me to work that has been done before.

After my original post, I thought that my request might be a more common need in the world of servers than that of workstations -- more enterprise than personal. An organization might want a tool(s) that will report about server-A vs. server-B or maybe the workstations in sales. I've heard this called "asset management" and it typically is pretty heavy as tools go.

I will look at BOOT INFO and post a follow-up about how that fits my needs. I hope to find a solution that is even 50% of my wants instead of the 100% of nothing I have today.

Joyeux Nol,
~~~ 0;-Dan
 
Old 03-06-2013, 01:55 PM   #4
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Friends, I found a tool that comes very close to what I'm seeking.
The tool is called i-Nex.

An Article
http://www.techlw.com/2012/12/instal...ility-for.html

Another Article
http://www.noobslab.com/2012/01/i-ne...-tool-for.html

And Another
http://www.webupd8.org/2013/01/i-nex...formation.html

Thanks to all,
~~~ 0;-Dan
 
  


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