Manage Asset Inventory in SAM
As you add more hardware, software, and applications to your environment, your assets increase along with the need to adjust the existing setup to expand and scale your infrastructure. To keep up, you must proactively monitor hardware and application health, while at the same time maintaining an up-to-date inventory of all your IT assets.
To handle these demands, you can use the Asset Inventory feature to maintain a current and detailed inventory of a node's hardware and software, including both physical and virtual assets. This information can also benefit those interested in tracking asset depreciation, gathering information for insurance purposes, or managing and maintaining your infrastructure.
Additional benefits of the Asset Inventory dashboard include:
- Gain visibility into current hardware and software on a node.
- Track warranty information for critical hardware components.
- Be notified about important software, OS, and firmware updates.
- Monitor overall hardware life cycles and maintenance timelines.
- Determine when OS updates were applied to servers.
Data collected depends on the polling method used to collect data from nodes.
Here are some examples of Asset Inventory data displayed in the Orion Web Console:
To get started using the Asset Inventory feature:
- Review Asset Inventory polling requirements.
- Download and configure third-party agent software on servers. Click here for details.
- Run Discovery to detect agent software and enable Asset Inventory polling across multiple nodes automatically.
After you enable Asset Inventory for nodes, the Orion Platform:
- Automatically enables hardware health monitoring for the same nodes, although either SAM feature can be used independently.
- Executes polling jobs immediately so you get results right away.
- Displays data in the Asset Inventory subview of the Node Details page, and other parts of the Orion Web Console. See Display Asset Inventory data in SAM for details.
Polling continues daily at the same time for all nodes initially. The next time you stop and restart Orion services with the Orion Service Manager, the Orion Platform reschedules polling jobs at random times throughout the day to avoid CPU spikes and reduce polling engine loads. You can adjust the polling frequency, if necessary.
To learn how the Orion Platform can alert you about upcoming warranty expiration dates, see Display the warranty status for physical servers in SAM.