How to Complete a School Network Audit Fast

School Network Audit is made easy with Spiceworks free download.

Do you have to complete a school network audit?

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.

TechnoLaurie

About TechnoLaurie

Laurie Gerard, Research and Development - Laurie Gerard is responsible for the research and development center at John Knox Christian School (JKCS). Many years ago, TechnoKids Inc. formed a partnership with the school community to have teachers test our instructional materials. This relationship ensures that the projects are developmentally appropriate, meaningful to students, integrate into the curriculum, and have clear instructions. Laurie works with the staff and students at JKCS to help them operate their technology program. Her duties include curriculum support, computer lab maintenance, and upkeep of the network and server. As a key member of the Information Technology Committee at the school she provides advice regarding the technology program. Her devotion to the school community and their technology program makes her an invaluable member to our team. Laurie's contribution to the blog includes entries about the challenges of integrating technology in a school environment. The technical issues she overcomes related to hardware, software, and networking will be passed on to you in the form of practical strategies. In addition, she writes about the real-world problems faced by a school as they struggle to offer a quality technology program with a limited budget.