PacktLib: IT Inventory and Resource Management with OCS Inventory NG 1.02

IT Inventory and Resource Management with OCS Inventory NG 1.02

Credits

About the Author

Acknowledgement

About the Reviewer

Preface

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?

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

Investigating the Process of Gathering Inventory Data

Going beyond the retrieval mechanism

Using the IP Query function

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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)

Summary

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

Summary

Keeping Pace with Version Updates—Glancing over the changelog of the Latest Release

Keeping Pace with Version Updates—Glancing over the changelog of the Latest Release