Inventory software for/using SBS2003

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by SylviaD, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. SylviaD

    SylviaD Guest

    I wish to collect hardware and software inventory info on my SBS2003 network
    with W2K and WinXP workstations. I've looked briefly at: SMS (will this
    compete with SUS?), SiteKeeper ($), Winventory (free). What is the
    simplest way for me to collect inventory on SBS2003?
    SylviaD, Jul 28, 2005
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  2. Hi SylviaD,

    Thanks for posting here.

    For your description, I understand that you want to know more information
    about hardware and software on SBS 2003. If I am off base, please don't
    hesitate to let me know.

    I would like to introduce some Microsoft documents to give you a full
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    Documents recommended:
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    4. For more information, please visit the link:

    Planning for Windows Small Business Server 2003


    The difference of SUS and SMS:

    Briefly said, SUS provides basic patch and update capabilities only. SMS
    2003 can provide the same basic services that SUS can, in addition to the
    advanced controls for update management. If your environment requires
    support for deployment of software packages, reporting on software and
    hardware inventory, remote-control functionality, or other more advanced
    functions, SMS 2003 includes these features.

    SMS 2003 provides a number of capabilities in the areas of advanced
    administrator control and awareness that WSUS does not include. In
    particular, SMS users can create collections based on inventory
    characteristics of machines, which enables administrators to better target
    their updates and perform functions such as:

    o Create collections based on service windows.

    o Better manage the user experience by displaying a customizable user
    interface and maintain fine-grained control over enforcement settings such
    as restart and install.

    o Fully understand compliance of their environment through inventory
    information and get detailed status about the system state with respect to
    an update.

    For a more detailed comparison of your update choices, see the Compare
    Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services, and SMS page.

    Hope above information helps, If you have any questions or concerns on the
    issue, please don't hesitate to let me know. It''s my pleasure to be of
    assistance and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Have a nice day!

    Best Regards,

    Jenny Wu
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    Jenny wu [MSFT], Jul 29, 2005
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