Annually the school has to complete a computer audit for insurance purposes. Each year the bookkeeper hands me a form that I use to list the hardware used throughout the school. The insurance company requires the name of device, manufacturer, model number, and serial number. With more than 200 hardware devices in use at the school this can be a daunting task…but not this year!
I installed the FREE network monitoring program from Spiceworks. This program can be installed on a server. It scans the network and detects all hardware. Within only thirty minutes I had more than 80% of the information I needed. Spiceworks provided me with a complete listing. The only items missing were monitors and a few routers. I was so pleased!
Not only did the Spiceworks network monitoring program save me a ton of time, but it also provided me with additional details about the status of our equipment. This allowed me to quickly review computers that were nearing their hard drive capacity or warranty expiration, as well as those that could accept more RAM to run more efficiently.
I heard about this program from a technician at the company BlueRange Technology. Their recommendation was greatly appreciated. In the past, I used a database to manage the school’s hardware inventory logging all the information by hand. However, things can get pretty hectic. When this happens, a donation of a computer or other device can easily get missed. Now I can use the school network monitoring program to keep the records up to date. If you need to complete a network audit I highly recommend Spiceworks.