Network Inventory User's Guide

Sites and Sources

Network Inventory Sites typically reflect the geographical layout of your company. For example, you can have offices in New York and Shanghai, and each office can have several networks and stand-alone computers, Chromebooks and devices to audit. In this case, you should create two Sites — one for New York and one for Shanghai.

Because of geographical or physical diversity, different Sites may require various combinations of audit methods and snapshot delivery methods. For example, the Main Office Site may require using the Direct Network Scan method for auditing nodes registered in the Active Directory and the Remote Audit method with an installable audit agent for auditing several offsite laptops in the Main Office, when the Eastern Branch Site may require using the Remote Audit method for auditing nodes in the Eastern Branch network and delivering the audit data via FTP.

Every audit method for auditing computers, Chromebooks and network devices in a Site requires having an individual Audit Source within that Site. In Network Inventory, an Audit Source is a combination of an audit method and audit settings targeted to audit a particular network segment or a group of nodes within the Site. In accordance with the available audit and delivery methods, Network Inventory provides these types of Audit Sources:

  • Direct Network Scan Audit Source — for Direct Network Scan.
  • Network Folder Audit Source — for Network Folder Audit.
  • FTP Audit Source — for Remote Audit with audit snapshot delivery via FTP, FTPS, or SFTP.
  • Email Audit Source — for Remote Audit with audit snapshot delivery via email.
  • Portable Audit Source — for Portable Audit.
  • Google Directory Audit Source — for Google Directory Audit.