Run an NCM inventory scan and view inventory status

The inventory engine of Network Configuration Manager compliments the product's configuration management functions. You can perform inventory scans on all of your nodes, node groups, or on a single node. You can also manage the inventory collection process. The collected inventory statistics are displayed in the detail view of each device.

NCM uses SNMP communication to collect inventory information. Properly configure SNMP on all devices from which you want to collect detailed information.

Run an inventory scan

You can run a scan at any time to get the latest statistics on your full inventory of managed devices in NCM. You may also run a single-node scan.

Run a complete inventory scan

A full inventory scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours to complete. The time period varies based on the number of nodes and the type of statistics you want to collect. For more information on how to establish what statistics are collected, see Adjust inventory settings.

  1. Click My Dashboards > Network Configuration > Configuration Management.
  2. Use the Group By list and select No Grouping.
  3. Select all nodes.
  4. Click Update Inventory.

Run an inventory scan on a single node

  1. Click My Dashboards > Network Configuration > Configuration Management.
  2. Use Search or the Group By list to find a node.
  3. Select the node, and click Update Inventory.

Schedule an inventory scan

  1. Click My Dashboards > Network Configuration > Jobs.
  2. Click Create New Job.
  3. Name the job, and then select Update Inventory from Job Type.
  4. Select the Schedule Type. If you are creating an Advanced schedule, use the five fields to create a CRON expression.
  5. Add a comment if this job relates to a business rule, and click Next.
  6. Select the nodes to target with this job, and click Next.
  7. Select an email notification option, and click Next. If you click Email Results, the default email notification and SMTP server settings are populated. These settings can be overridden in each job.
  8. Select the information types to include in the Inventory job, and click Next.
  9. Review the settings for the job, and click Finish.

Adjust inventory settings

This setting gives you some control over the type of information collected by NCM for the inventory, as well as other settings that help you manage the inventory process. For example, it may be necessary to change the number of devices that NCM can inventory concurrently.

  1. Click Settings > All Settings.
  2. Under Product Specific Settings, click NCM Settings.
  3. Under NCM Node Management, click Node Inventory.
  4. Select the information types to collect.
  5. Adjust the number of devices that should be inventoried concurrently. The default is five.
  6. If you have VLANs extended across network trunks, and you want to inventory the relevant devices, select Extend VLANs inventory.

    SolarWinds recommends against this situation due to the slow performance of the inventory process.

  7. If the inventory process causes the NCM server to hang or if the process takes too long, select Disable Inventory Lookup.

    Determine what caused the problem, for example, inadequate server capacity, before re-enabling Inventory Lookup.

  8. Click Submit.

View inventory status

  1. Click My Dashboards > Network Configuration > Configuration Management.
  2. Click the Inventory Status tab.
  3. Click a column to change the sort order.