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Assets Inventory Overview

After your Discovery Agent and scanner have pulled the data from your network, you can review the reported inventory.

Factors to Consider When Reviewing your Data

  • SWSD weighs and prioritizes the data collected because many SolarWinds customers elect to pull data from multiple sources (for example, through SCCM, vCenter, Chrome OS, and other sources), which can lead to repetition of data and conflictual information. 

    When a computer has an agent installed on it, the agent will provide the greatest amount of data, allowing the agent data to take priority over scanner data.  When both the agent and the scanner detect the same computer, the record created by the scanner is discarded.

  • A computer without an agent is scanned by the scanner and logged into the Computers index page. 

  • If your company elects to pull device information via SCCM and vCenter sources, the data is merged with data from a network scan (that is, open ports). Multiple sources can report varying data on the same attribute (for example: host name), therefore:
  • As SCCM and vCenter provide information with the greatest detail, the data received from these sources takes precedence over Nmap and Nmap+SSH/SNMP.
    • Repetitive data is deleted.
  • The information displayed on the Networked Devices index page is based on the method of collection described above. 

View your Inventory

Computers index page

Navigate to Assets > Computers. From the Active Computers index page, you can:

  • See a list of computer equipment.

  • See the details of a record by clicking the small eye icon to the left of the record. A panel opens on the right containing details.

  • See and edit details of a record, see associated software, lifecycle information, associated incidents, configuration information, and audit information by clicking the blue record name hyperlink from the Computer/IP column.

  • Edit a record by hovering over the Actions column (the last column) and selecting the Edit icon.

  • Start a remote assist session hovering over the Actions column (the last column) and selecting the Remote assist icon.

Networked Devices index page

Navigate to Assets > Networked Devices. From the Networked Devices index page, you can:

  • View a consolidated list of all scanned networked devices.

  • Expand each column to view additional details.

  • Edit the contents of the index page by clicking Edit View in the upper left corner.

  • See and edit the details of a record by clicking the blue record name hyperlink from the Name column.

  • Delete a record by hovering over the Actions column (the last column) and selecting the Delete icon.

  • Hide a record by hovering over the Actions column (the last column) and selecting the Hide icon. The device will only be visible from the list of hidden devices, and the information pulled by the Discovery Agent will no longer be accessible. To view the details from the Agent, you can unhide the device by hovering in the Actions column and clicking Unhide.

    You do not incur any fees on devices in the Hidden Devices index page.
  • Change a device type for a specific record:

    1. Locate the record name in the Device Type column.

    2. Click the down arrow next to the record name.

    3. Select the new device type from the dropdown.

Troubleshooting: If you don't see a device after a scan

If you are expecting an item to appear on an index page but it is not there, consider the following:

  • Devices identified as with a device type as Computer will only appear on the Computers index page; they will NOT appear on the Networked Devices index page.

  • If you are looking for a computer, but it does not display on the Computers index page:

    • Look at the Networked Devices index page because the device type might not be set to Computer. If that is the case, you can assign the device as a Computer to permanently reroute it to the Computers index page.

    • Look at the hidden devices on the All Networked Devices index page.

After you label a device type as Computer, it is permanently rerouted to the Computers index page. You cannot return the device to the All Networked Devices index page. It is important to make sure prior to selecting a new device type that your selection is the right choice for your asset management. 

Related topics

Discovery Connections

Assets

CSV Imports