This summary is long overdue. A while ago I asked about asset
reporting tools used in a Sun environment (original post below).
While the response was not overwhelming, I did receive one pointer
from Jeffrey Collyer that looks very promising.
It is an open source tool that provides system summaries to a central
server, and formats it in HTML. It is very customizable, so that if
I am going to be writing scripts in house, I might as well add to the
Other pointers included:
Tangram Enterprise Solutions
NetCensus from Tally Systems (PCs only)
Thanks to the following individuals for taking the time to respond.
Jeffrey W. Collyer
Jose Luis Martinez
Mike van der Velden
--- Mike van der Velden <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Does anyone out there use any asset reporting tools for their Sun /
> Unix / other network boxes. I'm looking for something that not
> only records how many systems are out there, but also the quantity
> and speed of processors, amount of ram and disk space, ip and mac
> addresses, interface speeds, etc. If it could also track installed
> software (especially stuff not in pkg format, such as Oracle, etc),
> that would be better.
> SunService used to offer something called the Sun Asset Survey
> Reporting Service, where they would come in for a one time visit,
> run a discovery agent on your network, and report on the number of
> systems, categorized by vendor, OS, and network, and that's about
> it. For this, I think they charged up to $10K.
> I'd like something more detailed, via polling from one or more
> nodes, or by running an agent on each, I don't care. As a bonus,
> it should be easy to extend the things it reports on.
> I found something called "Configuration and Service Tracker" on one
> of SunServices' websites (for the life of me I can't find the URL
> at the moment.) It doesn't seem to be heavily promoted. One
> problem is that it does realtime polling of hosts to measure
> uptime, which tends to make it slow. I'm hesitant about using a
> product that doesn't seem to have the full support of Sun behind
> We have written some in house scripts which act as agents on each
> box, but were wondering if there was a third party (commercial or
> open-source) package that did the same thing.
> I'm not familiar with IBM's Tivoli or CA's Unicenter. Do any of
> you use those packages, and if so, can they do what I want?
> Thanks in advance.
> Mike van der Velden
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