The Lan-Inspector is your ideal instrument to uncover a complete inventory of the software and hardware in your network. Whether you decide to set up a complete Software Asset Management (SAM), or if licensors like Microsoft or Adobe request a self-disclosure: everything will start with an inventory of all installed software. Only when you know for sure what is really installed in your network can you reach legal certainty.
The process of inventory discovery begins by searching for computers. Only the Lan-Inspector combines all of the following mechanisms in order to reach even the most distant computer of your company.
You can simply use Drag'n'Drop to sort the PCs found into the location tree. This Location Tree visualizes the structure of your company and displays locations, departments, and groups. The Lan-Inspector offers as many sub-containers as you need to build up a structural map of your company. If you only need content and quick installation lists, you can directly drag all computer objects into the default location.
Of course you can still rearrange the groups and resort PCs later, also using Drag'n'Drop. Directly afterwards you run the network scan of the objects found in the location tree. These manual steps can also be automated within a time schedule. There are quite a lot of simple scan tools in the market - but, when the chips are down, the quality of the scan is crucial.
The Lan-Inspector supports the administrator's work by identifying software via
registry and file signatures. Additionally, it inventories the hardware, if necessary
on DMI level. Everything is presented in intuitive graphical user interfaces. You can perform
and visualize important queries with only a few clicks.
Do you need a list of all software products and the count of their occurrences in your network? On what computers is software 'X' installed or not installed? Such quick views on the database are embedded in dialogues the Lan-Inspector offers by default.
Of course, you can create very individual queries on the inventory database. Everything is presented within intuitive dialogues that have been developed over fifteen years of correspondence with our customers. All these lists created by the Lan-Inspector feature a great option: with only one click you can send them to Excel and continue to work on them externally.
After you have detected the as-is state of your network via inventory discovery, you can focus on the details of the purchase licenses. You enter them in the license pool and, if necessary, you can also associate them with locations or departments. You can apply most different license models and license metrics.
Additionally, the Lan-Inspector offers a brilliant solution to manage terminal session licenses (Citrix) by linking them to Active Directory user groups. The actual number of users of such a linked group is set as a count of the licenses used. Thus, the actual number of users will be compared to the purchased licenses in license balances. You can link as many license pool entries with your Active Directories as you need.
The queries of almost all data views can be deposited as Template Reports, including all parameters set. This method enables you to use only three clicks to perform complex queries on database content. The Lan-Inspector can send out e-mails containing the results of these template reports. If you want, the mailer sends your freshly calculated License Balance promptly on the 1st of each month – or, if necessary, on a daily basis. In larger companies with several Lan-Inspector administrators, private template reports enable a clear separation of authorities.
There are some requirements that all companies’ inventory software is supposed to fulfil: an important example is Auditing Acceptability.
What would happen if you suddenly have to prove what the as-is state of May, 2nd of the previous year had looked like?
It's simple: you start an archive access with only a few clicks, enabling you to perform reports or queries of data states of each specific day. This function also offers the possibility of creating complex new queries that you can execute on previous database states.
The Lan-Inspector also includes many features to help you with self-disclosures. You can use the SAM-Essentials plugin or you try out the report for Adobe self-audits. Needless to say, licensors are going to earn money if they grant usage licenses for their products to end users. In times of conflict, you'd better negotiate a good compromise. De facto, this is only possible if you keep track of your installations and know the numbers: ignorance of the facts weakens your negotiating position, pushing you into the defensive. This can be avoided. You can count on our licensor independent support. Use our Lan-Inspector! Start your own successful Software Asset Management (SAM). This will put you in a position to fill out self-disclosures without fearing the consequences. Please check out our Lan-Inspector Editions!