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    Found myself some work doing tech assessments for a product migration and part of it needs to be a full inventory and map of the network. Typically small - medium sized nets, I'm guessing one subnet in most cases.

    I'm looking for anything I can plug on the network and build a diagram and inventory of hostname,OS, services, etc. Cheops used to be the tool for that, but it's ancient now and I'm wondering what programs people might know of to smooth out documenting a network.

    Render
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    Re: Automated inventory tools

    Originally posted by renderman View Post
    Found myself some work doing tech assessments for a product migration and part of it needs to be a full inventory and map of the network. Typically small - medium sized nets, I'm guessing one subnet in most cases.

    I'm looking for anything I can plug on the network and build a diagram and inventory of hostname,OS, services, etc. Cheops used to be the tool for that, but it's ancient now and I'm wondering what programs people might know of to smooth out documenting a network.

    Render
    I still use Cheops and SolarWinds because quite frankly, they work. I also would like to know of any new inventory tools people may have run across.

    Regards,

    valkyrie
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    • #3
      Re: Automated inventory tools

      http://www.pxserver.com/WinAudit.htm

      If anything this will get me everything I need and more but I'd have to touch each computer, but that's not as big a deal give it's 10 to 20 stations.

      Just trying to save myself on time on site and in the presence of users
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      • #4
        Re: Automated inventory tools

        Originally posted by renderman View Post
        http://www.pxserver.com/WinAudit.htm

        If anything this will get me everything I need and more but I'd have to touch each computer, but that's not as big a deal give it's 10 to 20 stations.

        Just trying to save myself on time on site and in the presence of users
        Thanks Renderman. Will try it.

        Regards,

        valkyrie
        ______________________________________
        sapere aude

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        • #5
          Re: Automated inventory tools

          http://www.networkview.com/ is quick'n'dirty. It will scan whatever size net you want, scans about six or so well-know ports on each machine (80, 110, etc.), and produces a nice diagram for that can be printed out, put in a client report or, reviewed later at your convenience.
          Thorn
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          • #6
            Re: Automated inventory tools

            Originally posted by Thorn View Post
            http://www.networkview.com/ is quick'n'dirty. It will scan whatever size net you want, scans about six or so well-know ports on each machine (80, 110, etc.), and produces a nice diagram for that can be printed out, put in a client report or, reviewed later at your convenience.
            That might be enough to do the trick. Beats filling out Visio by hand
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            • #7
              Re: Automated inventory tools

              10-Strike makes a few good tools for that. Prices are fairly decent for small-mid nets, too. http://www.10-strike.com
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              • #8
                Re: Automated inventory tools

                It doesn't diagram, but there's AutoScan. It's in backtrack, but needs updated. There's also a version for windows, mac, opensolaris, and the nokia N810.
                http://autoscan-network.com

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                • #9
                  Re: Automated inventory tools

                  Originally posted by renderman View Post
                  That might be enough to do the trick. Beats filling out Visio by hand
                  Speaking of Visio, MS makes a free tool for security scanning; the Microsoft Baseline Security Adviser (MBSA; version 2.1 is the current release). It will do a network scan, find basic vulnerabilities with MS products (patches not applied, too many administrator accounts, etc.), Visio has a plugin that allows it to talk to MBSA and add the scan results into a Visio diagram.

                  I still prefer NetworkView for doing a simple map, but if you are planning on doing any vulnerability assessments on MS boxen, the MBSA is one more tool for that may be work using.
                  Last edited by Thorn; June 5, 2009, 06:26. Reason: Typo
                  Thorn
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                  • #10
                    Re: Automated inventory tools

                    Originally posted by renderman View Post
                    Found myself some work doing tech assessments for a product migration and part of it needs to be a full inventory and map of the network. Typically small - medium sized nets, I'm guessing one subnet in most cases.

                    I'm looking for anything I can plug on the network and build a diagram and inventory of hostname,OS, services, etc. Cheops used to be the tool for that, but it's ancient now and I'm wondering what programs people might know of to smooth out documenting a network.

                    Render

                    Perhaps the answer is right on your desktop http://nmap.org/book/zenmap-topology.html

                    xor
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                    • #11
                      Re: Automated inventory tools

                      Originally posted by xor View Post
                      Perhaps the answer is right on your desktop http://nmap.org/book/zenmap-topology.html

                      xor
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