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Server Inventory Using Free, Open Source, and Proprietary Tools

  1. 1. Server Inventory Using Free, Open  Source, and Proprietary Tools Presentation by Jordan Schwartz UNIX Users Association  Orange County Chapter April 10, 2006
  2. 2. Overview ● Description of Server Inventories ● Personal History of Server Inventory Tools ● Known Server Inventory Tools in Use ● Server Inventory Wish List ● Challenges in Server Inventory Development ● References
  3. 3. Description of Server Inventories ● Server Inventory Definition: Online List of an  organization's servers, and possibly network attached  devices, including high level configuration information,  and contacts.  ● Common Usage – Asset tracking and reporting – Incident management ● Possibly a component of a Asset Tracking system and  integrated with a Configuration Management system
  4. 4. Personal History of Server Inventory  Tools ● Internally Developed – Text file and spreadsheets – Structured comments in centralized hosts file – Client/Server Implementation  ● C based code using RPC calls ● Berkley (Hash) DB Storage ● Command Line Interface ● Integrated with rdist for software updates – [S,W]AMP  ● Custom Web Interfaces with persitent database backends.
  5. 5. F/OSS Server Inventory Tools ● Asset Tracker – Extension to Request Tracker (RT) Ticketing System – Perl based with MySQL and Apache ● Winventory – Windows based inventory – Vbscript agent, Mysql, PHP – Sourceforge project
  6. 6. Proprietary Server Inventory Tools ● Remedy ● Client Application ● Web interface ● Remedy Programmers Needed ● Aperture ● Win32 Based / IE required ● Detailed Tracking of all datacenter devices ● Altiris ● Win32 Based ● integrates with CM System
  7. 7. Our Survey Says.... ● Three Responses from 2 lists – 2 respondents were using LAMP based solutions ● one was integrated with a knowledge based system, and a  project to integrate with Nagios is in progress. ● one was tracking roughly 10,000 items – 1 was using Altiris and spreadsheets – 2 were from large Aerospace firms – 1 from a smaller shop
  8. 8. Server Inventory Wish List ● Open Standards and Architecture – *AMP Based – Agents for automated collection – Standard Schema  ● Common Information Model CIM ● Data Center Markup Language  (RIP?) – Open Document Support for Reporting
  9. 9. Challenges in Server Inventory  Development ● Interoperability – Standards not clear ● Scope – Tracking all network attached devices, datacenter objects – What attributes constitue Configuration Management ● Data Update and Integrity – Garbage in | Garbage out ● Layer 8  (Financial) ● Layer 9  (Political)
  10. 10. References ● Asset Tracker http://atwiki.chaka.net ● Request Tracker http://bestpractical.com ● LAMP SIG   www.lampsig.org ● Winventory http://winventory.sf.net ● Data Center Markup Language www.dcml.org ● LISA CM Workshop Notes – http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/group/lssconf/ ● Altiris www.altiris.com ● Aperture www.aperture.com

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