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Old January 16, 2014, 08:38 AM
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Looking for a decent scanner so I can inventory the computers at my different clients (all on a domain) so I can see how many xp machines need to be replaced this year. Doesn't need to be complex and don't really need a ton of info either. It needs to have a pretty good reporting option so I can print it out to present to the client.

I'm not the biggest fan of Spiceworks although I'm sure it can do what I need. I've tried a bunch of different ones but nothing has really been what I need. Currently testing Lansweeper as that seems to be fairly good. Running it on a clients network now to see if that will produce what I need.

Any other suggestions to try out?

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Old January 16, 2014, 09:21 AM
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I believe what you want is the Microsoft Assessment and Planning tool:
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Old January 16, 2014, 11:12 AM
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You can also use Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
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You can also use Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
Granted it's a great tool, but it's not free. I can't imagine smaller clients wanting to invest in such a beast.
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You are definitely right haha, didn't see the word free :)
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We use SCCM here where I work.. But for small clients overkill.
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Old January 16, 2014, 08:23 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I'm going to stick with Lansweeper as it's a fantastic program, does everything I need and more, plus fully customizable reports. I don't think it's free but has a 30 day trial period which is more than what I need for now.

I only deal with small law firms for most part...anything under 50 computers or so. Have to always watch how much time is spent on things and what the costs will be for my clients. So while some of you have made great suggestions, it may not be the best fit for what was needed. Of course if there are any cool programs that I should take a look at I don't mind putting in the hours to learn it.
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i find the free ones don't scan the high value inventory items well.... like Office 2013 installation keys and Adobe product serial numbers. If Lansweeper does i would be keen to know.
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I just opened it up to check and it indeed does find product keys (for Office versions, Winzip and some others). Doesn't look like there is a pre-made report to show the licence keys but one can be created, I saw a thread after a Google search where it was done. After a second look it doesn't seem to find Adobe keys but I'm sure that would be possible, this program is infinitely configurable.

Edit: Looks like it's pretty light on resources as well (compared to something like Spiceworks), it's only using 57mb of ram on a 2008 R2 server.
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