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IT Inventory and Resource Management with OCS Inventory NG 1.02

Barzan "Tony" Antal

Eliminate inventorying dilemmas by implementing a free and feasible IT Inventory solution
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849511100
Paperback260 pages

About This Book

  • Understand and implement an IT Inventory and Resource Management solution and learn the necessary know-how in simple terms
  • Reduce unnecessary paper-work by centralizing the asset management
  • Audit installed software and track software licenses seamlessly just with a few clicks
  • Manage multiple office locations from a central place—get a bird's eye view
  • Follows a step-by-step approach visually aided with screenshots and diagrams


Who This Book Is For

This book targets an audience of system administrators and IT professionals who are required to implement, configure, customize, and work with IT Inventory and Asset Management solutions. The book does not presume any prior knowledge of inventory management, just a solid grasp of the server/client model and familiarity with the chosen operating system along with the necessary web server and database server terminologies. Anyone with an interest in inventorying IT assets and solving real-world resource management dilemmas will enjoy this book.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to IT Inventory and Resource Management
Inventorying requirements in the real world
Centralization: Introducing the client-server model
How does OCS Inventory NG meet our needs?
Chapter 2: Setting up an OCS Inventory NG Management Server
Getting ready for the OCS-NG installation
Setting up prerequisite software on Linux flavors
Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl on Linux systems
Setting up the necessary modules on Linux systems
Setting up the OCS-NG management server on Linux operating systems
Setting up the OCS-NG management server on Windows operating systems
A pragmatic look at initial configuration
Chapter 3: The Zen of Agent Deployment
Behind the scenes: How agents earn their living
Choosing the best agent type
Choosing the best deployment method
Deploying agents on Windows operating systems
Deploying agents on Linux operating systems
Deploying agents on Mac OS X operating systems
Deploying agents on mobile devices
Chapter 4: Finding your Way through OCS-NG Features
Getting familiar with the OCS-NG web interface
Preliminary configuration tips and best practices
Maintaining a clean inventory: Solving common pitfalls and eliminating redundancies
Implementing the Registry query function
Uploading inventory data of hosts that are not networked
Working with the inventory
Chapter 5: Investigating the Process of Gathering Inventory Data
Going beyond the retrieval mechanism
Using the IP Query function
Chapter 6: Package Deployment through OCS-NG
Getting to know the package deployment function
Creating a package: Step-by-step approach
Server requirements for effortless deployment
Package activation and going beyond deployment
Affecting packages: Getting the packages through
Managing the rules of affectations
Securing the process with SSL certificates
Chapter 7: Integrating OCS-NG with GLPI
Introducing GLPI: IT asset management on steroids
Getting familiar with the web interface of GLPI
Setting up GLPI on top of our OCS-NG server
Configuring GLPI to integrate with the OCS-NG mode
Extending GLPI with plugins
Using GLPI to track and manage inventory assets
Carrying out administrative tasks with GLPI
Generating reports and statistics with GLPI
License tracking and software auditing with GLPI
Helpdesk and issue tracking functions of GLPI
Chapter 8: Best Practices on Inventorying with OCS-NG
Backing up and restoring the OCS-NG database
Tweaking the OCS-NG server for performance
Useful scripts that make our everyday life easier
Best practices on retrieving model-specific data of various computer hardware components
Updating OCS-NG agents on clients (when needed)
Updating OCS-NG central server (when needed)
Chapter 9: Troubleshoot Confidently—Find Solutions and Workarounds
Keeping an eye on the behavior of agents
Troubleshooting problems related to agents
Solving administration console-based issues
Identifying and fixing issues on the server backend
Diagnosing uncommon pitfalls—asking for help

What You Will Learn

  • Easily set up and configure an OCS-NG management server
  • Integrate help-desk and ticketing system as part of the centralized inventory solution suite
  • Gather inventory data effectively by choosing the best agent type and deployment method
  • Solve common pitfalls, eliminate redundancies, and maintain a clean inventory by smart use of the toolbar
  • Tweak the process of gathering data to have a cleaner and more organized inventory
  • Perform remote execution of commands to support your centralized server and multiple agents by learning techniques for creating and deploying packages
  • Utilize extended features by integrating OCS-NG with GLPI and additional plugins
  • Grab statistics and generate impressive reports and graphs quickly
  • Discover vital tips and best practices on inventorying with OCS-NG
  • Find flaws and fix them quickly with robust troubleshooting techniques
  • Peek into the most frequently occurring problems along with their solutions

In Detail

OCS Inventory NG is a cross-platform, open-source inventory and asset management solution. It brings more than plentiful features to the table to satisfy the business needs of small-to-large organizations with up to tens of thousands of computers. However, to put this inventory solution to optimum use requires a lot of skill.

This book will lead you through the steps of implementing OCS-NG until you master working with it. This book aims at reducing efforts involved in resource management. The solution gives a robust foundation on top of which we can implement other third party applications, plugins, and much more.

This book begins with the basics—it explains what IT inventorying needs are to be met in the real-world. Then, it covers a step-by-step approach to everything you need to know to set up and implement OCS-NG as a centralized inventory solution to meet all these requirements. It delves deeper into carrying out inventory tasks with every chapter.

You will learn how to choose the best agent type and deployment method. We discuss the process of gathering inventory data and cover techniques for creating and deploying packages. You will also learn how to acquire added benefits with the use of plugins. We discuss best practices on inventorying and troubleshooting agent-related problems. The book presents real-world inventorying scenarios along with their solutions. You will basically learn how to use OCS-NG to get the most out of it.

As a conclusion, if you want to learn about a free solution that fulfils inventorying necessities of the real-world, this is the book for you.


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