Administration Guide

Welcome to Alloy Discovery

Version 2023.2

Welcome to Alloy Discoverya comprehensive network discovery and inventory solution that detects, audits and continually tracks physical and virtual computers, servers, printers, switches, routers and other equipment on the network. Targeted primarily for medium and enterprise business environments, it allows you to take control over your network inventory with an array of audit methods and strategies.

About this Administration Guide

This document explains Alloy Discovery features and covers the most common tasks that Alloy Discovery enables system administrators to perform.

The Alloy Discovery Administration Guide targets system administrators who configure, manage, customize, and work with Alloy Discovery. It is expected that the reader has a good knowledge and the skills necessary for system administration. This may require understanding of Microsoft SQL Server and the knowledge of network administration.

First Steps

Since your Alloy Discovery database is installed and activated, you can audit computers and discover network devices on your network right away. To run your first audit immediately, use the First Direct Network Scan with the Quick Start Wizard. To gain complete insight of your hardware and software inventory, take your time and perform the initial configuration:

  1. Make sure your Inventory Server is configured and started. For details, see Managing Inventory Servers.
  2. Choose audit methods that suits the needs of your organization. For details, see Overview of Audit Methods.
  3. Check pre-configured audit profiles: use them as they are, modify them as needed, or create your own. For details, see Audit Profile Options.
  4. Provide audit credentials for all types of network nodes you want audited. For details, see Providing Audit Credentials.
  5. Create Sites and configure Audit Sources. For details, see Creating Sites.
  6. Audit your computers, Chromebooks and network devices. For details, see Auditing Network Nodes.

Next Steps

Once the initial configuration is complete and first audit snapshots are uploaded, you can analyze your inventory from different perspectives:

Product Documentation Available for Alloy Discovery

Alloy Software offers a collection of product documentation to help you get the most out of our products. For more information about Alloy Discovery, go to Alloy Discovery Product Documentation.