I hear questions from time to time from users about how to get started with the Track-It! Audit. The perception is that because it captures so much data automatically on a schedule is that it must also be really complicated to set up but that really is not the case. Here is a quick overview of how to start auditing. If you have used the Asset Discovery feature to discover all of your systems, you can use the Track-It! Audit to scan them automatically to capture their hardware and software configuration. If you have systems you have not discovered and are not in the inventory, you can run the Audit.exe on the computers manually or via a script or batch file. If scripts and batch files are your thing, you can go that route. If you would rather let Track-It! handle it all for you, then use the Asset Discovery to scan the network (covered in another blog post) and then set up scheduled audits.
Auditing can be performed manually or automatically on a schedule. To audit a workstation manually, connect to the Track-It! server share from that computer and run the Audit.exe. If you want to use the manual execution method for all your systems, instead of using sneaker net, you could use a batch file or login script that runs when your users log into your network.
If the workstation already exists in the Track-It! Inventory due to being discovered or audited previously, you can initiate an audit on the machine from within the Inventory module by right clicking on the workstation and selecting the Audit Now option or you can set up Scheduled Audits to occur automatically based on a schedule you specify. To schedule audits to occur regularly and unattended, you can configure the audit schedule in the Admin Console under Tools-Administration Console under the Configuration-Inventory-Auditing node.
Once a workstation has been manually Audited, you can merge this data into the Inventory by clicking the Merge Audit Data link within the Inventory module. If you run audits via Audit Now or Scheduled Audit, the data is automatically merged into the Inventory when the audit is completed. I hope this helps with getting started using Audit the first time.