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How to add Computer Asset No# in Inventory

    Question

  • Hi all, I have been given a task by management to add the Computer Asset No# which is 12 to 15 character  alpha numeric code as well as some other information like Department, Emp.No# etc. I think  i can do this by NOIDMIF & i have to copy it manually on each client in C:\Windows\System32\CCM\Inventory\noidmifs directory. More i want to ask you that can i deploy it through package (Soft-Distribution)? and can some one tell me how do i create a NODIMIF file or is there anyone have already created.

    Thanks
    Wednesday, March 03, 2010 5:48 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Do you already have the information on the computer object in AD? If so you can extend the ad system discovery to also include those data. Otherwise you should consider adding the information to WMI and gather the information using the "normal" hardware inventory process.
    Kent Agerlund | http://scug.dk/members/Agerlund/default.aspx | The Danish community for System Center products
    Wednesday, March 03, 2010 9:57 AM
  • You really want to avoid using MIF files it will increase your network traffic and the load on your site server. For that matter if a PC is reload that information is lost. Or what happened when a new employee take over that PC?

     

    What is the real goal? What procedures will you put into place to ensure that this data is always up to date?

    If you are looking at just reporting then consider using SSRS, creating a second db and adding the data there. This will have a better results.

     

    Kent has the right idea too, where ever possible include the data in AD. For example include the Employee ID in AD and have ConfigMgr discovery it. Use OU for the Asset # & Department data or add it to the Computer object


    http://www.enhansoft.com/
    Wednesday, March 03, 2010 12:57 PM
  • I did a quick search, this looks like a nice guide for SRS with ConfigMgr R2: http://blogs.technet.com/mwiles/archive/2009/02/19/east-setup-of-srs-with-config-manager-r2.aspx
    Standardize. Simplify. Automate.
    Wednesday, March 03, 2010 3:35 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Do you already have the information on the computer object in AD? If so you can extend the ad system discovery to also include those data. Otherwise you should consider adding the information to WMI and gather the information using the "normal" hardware inventory process.
    Kent Agerlund | http://scug.dk/members/Agerlund/default.aspx | The Danish community for System Center products
    Wednesday, March 03, 2010 9:57 AM
  • You really want to avoid using MIF files it will increase your network traffic and the load on your site server. For that matter if a PC is reload that information is lost. Or what happened when a new employee take over that PC?

     

    What is the real goal? What procedures will you put into place to ensure that this data is always up to date?

    If you are looking at just reporting then consider using SSRS, creating a second db and adding the data there. This will have a better results.

     

    Kent has the right idea too, where ever possible include the data in AD. For example include the Employee ID in AD and have ConfigMgr discovery it. Use OU for the Asset # & Department data or add it to the Computer object


    http://www.enhansoft.com/
    Wednesday, March 03, 2010 12:57 PM
  • Thanks to both of you. Garth you are right to ask me the goal of this task, well we are also creating the inventory in SAP in which we will create the complete workflow of employees transfer, resignation and all other things related to computers movements etc. we need the little bit tracing in SCCM, yes you are right as a reporting. here the only thing through which we can find the computers is 12 digit alpha numeric code as i said above to which we call 'R' number. im also agree with kent idea but AD isnt in my control so i want to use it as a last resort. can you briefly tell me  the procedure of SSRS how can i use it, any link or road map etc. Thanks for your reply.
    Wednesday, March 03, 2010 2:48 PM
  • I did a quick search, this looks like a nice guide for SRS with ConfigMgr R2: http://blogs.technet.com/mwiles/archive/2009/02/19/east-setup-of-srs-with-config-manager-r2.aspx
    Standardize. Simplify. Automate.
    Wednesday, March 03, 2010 3:35 PM
  • Hi

    In the past I have used a script to prompt the user for the asset number printed on the pc (no other way to read it)

    This number was used to set a registry key on the pc.

    Then, by extending the hw inventory mofs I have collected this key into the HW inventory.

     

    Ronny

    Thursday, March 04, 2010 8:02 AM
  • Sure, if the only place where the asset # is maintained is on a physical sticker on the computer, getting the end user involved is one of the easiest ways to get that information reported.

    But Amjad_Kahn82 already has the information centralized.  So to distribute it out to each computer, just to pull it all back again to a central location--just a different central database that the location where the information already exists is just, well, goofy.

    If the information is already centralized, then it's just a matter of finding the appropriate tool to use to join the two centralized locations.  If both centralized locations are databases, SRS is, in my opinion, the top candidate for that method. 
    Standardize. Simplify. Automate.
    Thursday, March 04, 2010 12:25 PM
  • How can i get the information from AD, i mean if I required the users Employee No. or telephone No# etc how can i get them. I tried it in discovery methods by adding attributes but it shows NO in system required field. If it is possible at discovery option then how can i use it.
    Saturday, March 06, 2010 11:49 AM
  • Hi,

    No in the system required field is expected as the attribute is not required by ConfigMgr but a custom made attribute. The attributes will be automatically added to the database next time you run a. AD User Discovery process. If you monitor the adusrdis.log file you will also be able to see that configmgr is searching for the attribute.
    Kent Agerlund | http://scug.dk/members/Agerlund/default.aspx | The Danish community for System Center products
    Saturday, March 06, 2010 11:57 AM