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Inventory Server

Updated in 2021.1

Updated in 2022.1

Alloy Inventory Server is a multitasking Windows service for running automated tasks and scheduled events in Network Inventory.

Inventory Server performs the following tasks:

  • Discovers nodes on the network according to the schedule or on demand;

  • Audits nodes on the network according to the schedule or on demand;

  • Checks Network Folder Audit Sources, FTP Audit Sources, and E-mail Audit Sources for new audit snapshots with the upload interval or on demand;

  • Loads audit snapshots collected by the Portable Audit.

  • Uploads all received audit snapshots to the database. During the upload process, it performs various operations when processing received audit data, such as:
    • Identification and categorization of software products, enriching the Software Catalog;

    • Change History tracking;

    • Sending out alert notifications;

    • Detecting audit conflicts and resolving them, if any;

    • Logging all Network Inventory events.

Network Inventory supports multiple Inventory Server instances within a single database. On distributed networks with multiple Inventory Servers running, it s strongly advised to designate one Inventory Server instance as primary to improve audit snapshot processing performance.