IT Asset Management

The newly introduced IT Asset Management functionality in the Auto Shutdown Manager Management Console provides IT administrators and managers with an up-to-date view of all the important assets in their IT environment.

The number of installed licenses, numbers of deployed PC models, driver versions / dates, and many other aspects of your IT environment can be swiftly displayed and easily examined.

Asset data is read directly from the clients and is automatically updated on the server.

 

Assets Overview

You can switch between viewing all, physical or virtual assets.

EnviProt Asset Management Overview of Physical and Virtual Assets

 Clicking on any individual asset category will list all the clients with that asset.

 

You can also drill-down into client details; clicking on any category, for example Microsoft Windows Server 2016, will list all clients with that OS installed:

EnviProt Asset Management helps to find PCs by installed  OS

 

Full Reports

Full reports deliver more specific data of any selected asset category. For example, the full report for Operating Systems shows how many licenses of each OS are installed and lists all the different builds as well as versions:

Asset Management delivers full reports with details about os, pc models, printers, monitors etc

 

Asset details of individual clients

In a similar way to selecting an asset you also can also pick an individual client and see all the available asset details for that system. To do so, simply navigate to Client Overview, right click on a client of interest and select Client Assets:Asset Management delivers all details per client such as os, pc models, installed  printer drivers, monitors etc.

 

This opens a new dialog with all available assets for this client:

Asset Management delivers all hardware details per client

In the Software tab, you can search for any software by name, version or vendor.:

Asset Management delivers all software details per client

You can also find components, such as hot-fixes. Equally importantly, another useful feature is to show all clients where a specific software version or an important hot-fix is missing:

AM MMC CO ClientAssetDetails SW Missing

 

 

Control what you see

IT Asset Management can be turned on or off for any individual policy group or to all groups. Simply navigate to Groups and Settings -> Administration:

Enable Asset Management in Group Settings

 

Assets supported

Currently, the reports contain basic information of the following assets:

• BIOSes ($am.bios) incl. TPM Chip
• Computer Models ($am.pcmodel)
• Computer Types (Desktops, Mobile, Servers, Workstations,…) ($am.pcmodel.Type)
• CPUs ($am.cpu)
• Hard drives ($am.nic)
• Installed Software ($am.soft)
• Monitors ($am.monitor)
• Motherboards ($am.mb)
• Network Interface Controllers ($am.nic)
• Operating Systems ($am.os)
• Printers ($am.printer)
• Video Controllers ($am.vc)

 

Further features

Clients can be found by specifying custom asset parameters.

For example, suppose you wished to find all network drivers older than 10 years. You can easily do this by entering a search filter starting with $am., (standing for IT Asset Management) followed by an asset category, for example NIC (network interface controller) followed by the asset detail, for example "DriverDate":

EnviProt Asset Management helps to find PCs with outdated drivers

 

Example Windows 11 TPM:
for the upcoming Windows 11, find all clients that do offer the required TPM (Trusted Platform Module) support.
To find out, navigate to "Client Overview" and enter the following filter: $am.bios.TPM_Exists = yes or $am.bios.TPM_specVersion = [2-9]*
All clients that support TPM will be shown. With $am.bios.TPM_Exists = no , all clients that do not support TPM will be shown.
Open the client asset details to get more details such as if TPM is enabled, the TPM version, the supported TPM Spec version and more.

 

Requirements:

An installed MS SQL database is required. We recommend MS SQL 2012 (Express) or newer. For
simple step-by-step instructions, see the Auto Shutdown Manager manual.

Auto Shutdown Manager version 5.7.3.24 or later must be installed on both the clients and the server.

 

A major new benefit

IT Asset Management brings a new level of benefit to Auto Shutdown Manager. The necessity of visiting a system in situ to examine software or patch versions is vastly reduced if not eliminated altogether. Regular updates of asset registers become a pleasure not a chore and the time saved can be spent more productively.

This valuable new feature is covered by the Auto Shutdown Manager Version 5 license and does not require any license upgrades for current customers.

 

WEB Based WOL PORTALS

 

There are two different WOL Portals available - boths FREE

In order to optimally support the different WOL requirements of our customers, there are two different Wake On LAN portals, both of which are hosted on the customer's own intranet.

If configured correctly, WOL allows computers to be woken up from sleep mode (standby / hibernation) as well as computers that have been completely shut down.

 

The Basic WOL Portal is a very simple portal, suitable for non-critical use in the intranet with few users.

The Advanced WOL Portal is a more complex WOL portal which authenticates users using Active Directory and only allows assigned computers to be woken up.

Both WOL portals are based on Microsoft's Internet Information Services (IIS) and serve as a supplement to an existing Auto Shutdown Manager infrastructure. Both can be used by our customers free of charge.

 

The Advanced WOL Portal

To be able to use this portal, a user must first authenticate himself with a valid domain user name and password.

advWOLPortalLogin

 

In addition, the WOL Portal administrator must first assign and activate the users and the desired computers.

advWOLPortalMGR

 

Now users can simply wake up the computers assigned to them with a click:

advWOLPortalWOL

 

The  Advanced WOL portal software incl. the installation guide is available free of charge and can be downloaded here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Basic WOL Portal

This basic WOL Portal  is typically operated withn the company's intranet. In the simplest case, users only need the portal address and the FQDN name of their workstation.

 

The wakeup is then handled  using the required Auto Shutdown Manager Server.

 

The administrator is free at any time to centrally allow or disallow portal based wake-up calls.

A password can be specified for the wake-up call.

Computers that should not be woken up via the portal can be blocked using an exception list. Individual computers can be listed, or REGEX-based expressions can also be used. More details and examples can be found in the instructions included with the download.

 

You can find  more techical information about  Wake ON Lan setup and examples here.

 

The Basic  WOL portal software incl. the installation guide is available free of charge and can be downloaded here.

US ISD Wakes and Manages 8500 PCs

Mesquite Independent School District (MISD) needed a power management system that was compatible with Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager System (SCCM) 2012 R2 and allowed its network operations staff to orchestrate the powering down and the waking up of its 8,500 PCs efficiently in order to achieve the department’s goals of keeping its computers up to date without interrupting call times, while adhering to the district’s green initiative – all on a budget.... please read more in the following case study:

 

   Case Study: US School District Wakes up 8500 PCs on 47 campuses...

Raspberry Pi as WOL Proxy

Raspberry Pi as WoL Proxy

Auto Shutdown Manager Server supports Wake on LAN (WoL) on remote networks by using so-called directed broadcasts or WoL proxies. Because of the potential security issues of directed broadcasts, WoL proxies are the technology of choice in almost all scenarios when it comes to waking remote computers located outside of the local network.RaspberryPi

 

Every computer that runs the Auto Shutdown Manager client can be used as a WoL proxy. In many cases, small PCs or local servers running 24/7 can do the job on remote locations.

 

 

However, if no such server or PC is available, you now can use one of the affordable and low-power consuming Raspberry Pi® devices.

Raspberry Pi as WOL Proxy

 

Download the software and a short manual here.

 

WOL for VMs

WoL VMs– Start virtual machines based on the corresponding WoL Magic Packet (Release 5.0.5.21 or higher)


When this option is enabled, Auto Shutdown Manager will analyze incoming WoL Magic Packages and compare the coded MAC address with those of the known virtual machines. When they match, Auto Shutdown Manager then starts the corresponding VM automatically.

 wol vms

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