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Old 12-13-2006, 11:46 PM   #1
Farrukh Saleem
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Remote Hardware Diagnostic tool

I am working as a Network and System Support Engineer.
My manager assigned a task to me to maintain the hardware inventory software,
and gives me a deadline of 1 week.
For this, I have to collect the hardware configuration of every system,
which includes the total RAM (number of RAMs and Each RAM size) plugged in, Number of harddrives and each space, CPU Speed, CDROM (yes/no) and other general hardware information.
In our company, nearly 200+ client machines and 25+ server machines (which includes Database Server, Attendance server, Applicaton Server etc..) are running. Although, I may go to every system, and find the required info.
But the problem is this, all the staff is working on their machines, so I have to disturb each and every person to get data.
Previously, Collection of each machines MAC Addresses was the task, which I have collected through ssh i.e by telnet on machine. But this doesnot show the number of RAMs, only show the Total RAM.

Please HELP ME! As My job is at great DANGER!

Farrukh Saleem
Old 12-14-2006, 12:40 AM   #2
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You can use dmidecode to get info on system configurations like what is in each ram slot, what motherboard is in the system, what bios version, etc. Quite a usefull tool. It does require root access, though (but as a sysadmin, you should have that). There are other tools out there that can broadcast shell commands to a large array of systems. One of those, plus a well written shell script to gather the data from dmidecode and other local tools, and you'll be set.
Old 12-14-2006, 01:31 AM   #3
Farrukh Saleem
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Thanks Alot!!!!

I m just going to try it now.

But a little question one more please...

Could U tell the names of any 2-3 tools, which are u talking about...

(The tools which can send broadcast sheel commands or any other tool which may helpful to me)

Again Thanks ALOT to You.. Mr.GrueMaster
Old 12-14-2006, 07:09 AM   #4
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Now I have fully utilized the dmidecode software.
Sorry to say that it cant fulfill with my criteria.
As In this we have to install this utility or in other words the COMMAND on every machine, whose Machince info I wish to get. AS I have to get the Complete info of organisation, so it takes alot of time.
Since I have to first 'ssh' the required machine then install the utility and then get the result. Hence take ALOT of time.
It is requested to U, to please inform me about a tool which can have a parametre of IP Address. So that just by giving IP, The tool fetches the information.
Hope, U all help me to secure my job.

Please respond to me as only '6 DAYS' are remaining to submit the task.

Farrukh Saleem
Old 12-15-2006, 09:02 PM   #5
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Why dont you try Novell ZENworks Asset Management. It supports Windows, Linux, Mac and other Unix-like OSes. Gets all hardware and software info, plus license reconciliation and monitoring, software usage monitoring, user activity monitor, and real-time reporting and administrator notification of HW or SW changes.

If you need it quick, that might help you out since you have a sizable environment to inventory. I use it here in our company everytime.
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Why dont you try Novell ZENworks Asset Management.
Now it seems "ZenWorks Asset Management is priced at $33 per device or user". If that sounds a wee bit prohibitive try searching for terms like "Asset Management" on Freshmeat or Sourceforge and please do play around with searchterms.


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