rxInventory scales from small networks to installations with several ten thousand clients. A variety of mainstream SQL databases is supported. This way there is virtually no limit on the amount of data it can handle. MS-JET (Microsoft Access), Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Database, MySQL, PostgreSQL are equally supported. Data can be migrated between these different kinds of databases anytime by using the rxInventory console.
Open asset data
rxInventory offers an powerful designer for custom queries. It allows the most advanced analysis of nearly every aspect of the asset data. The result sets can be transferred to other applications too, e.g. to Microsoft Excel. Network administrators and software developers can additionally access live rxInventory data by selecting from ordinary SQL database views created from custom queries.
rxInventory offers an always current analysis of the licensing situation in a company. With the integrated license management the identified software packages are assigned to products by definable rules. Information about the addition, removal, date of purchase, expiration and price of license packs are subsequently assigned on the product level. The resulting difference between detected software and assigned licenses reliably denotes the state of licensing.
Free custom Assets
rxInventory allows manually adding and classifying of assets into own device classes. This is useful if an automatic scan is impossible, but you want to keep e.g. fixed assets in the database. Besides the standard properties you may include user-defined information, purchase dates and contract periods as well as corresponding documents. Custom assets are free of charge and will not consume any licenses.
It does not forget
rxInventory keeps record on all changes of hardware and software items. Even after years it is possible to find out what and when exactly a certain change happened and to check who was actually logged on then. (The last feature may be switched off, if applicable law does not permit to store user information.)
No agent required
rxInventory employs various standard protocols to scan computers and other devices on the network. No extra software has to be installed on remote systems. Scans can be scheduled to periodically run in the background for always up-to-date information.
Linux and macOS
rxInventory uses the SSH (Secure Shell) protocol to log into Linux and Apple Mac computers and retrieves a complete hardware and software inventory by using existing operating system commands. No or minimal configuration is required on the clients. The rxInventory scripting language provides the user with a way to issue his own commands over the SSH connection, parse the output, and add the results as user-defined properties to the database.
Scans for multiple devices are running in parallel while taking advantage of modern multi-core CPUs. Scanning and inserting the results into the database are all taking place in different operating system threads. The number of parallel scans can be adjusted. Bandwidth usage of a single scan naturally adjusts to network conditions and does not clog up slow WLANs or dial-up lines.
Powerful scripting language
Because it is impossible to know in advance what information a network administrator requires to complete her tasks, rxInventory features a Visual Basic like scripting language to do custom scans for registry values and files. Even arbitrary WMI and SNMP requests can be executed and integrated into the result sets as extra properties.
Clients for free
Without an installed license 20 clients are free of cost. These 20 clients can not be combined with a purchased license.
Updates for free
Updates within a major release are for free.
Support for free
We support you by email and telephone. Typically you will get a feedback within 24 hours.
No extra costs for maintenance agreements. Acquired licenses are valid forever.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have some questions before you get started? Here are some FAQ’s
Installation of rxInventory aborts with an error message, what can I do?
If you get an error message from Microsoft Installer during installation, please try to start the msi-file from a local drive (for example your desktop) and check if the SYSTEM account has sufficient rights to access the file.
Some of my Windows devices are not scanned properly. Please tell me what I should check.
Please assure that you are logged on with (or specified) an account that has administrative privileges on the target device. In a Windows domain this normally is true for members of the Domain Admins group. The account must not have an empty password.
When UAC (User Account Control) is enabled on a device, administrators accessing the device remotely are restricted in their rights. To fix this, you can either disable UAC completely or – if you don’t want to do this – you can just disable it for requests from the network. (See ⇗ http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951016)
In workgroup environments the sharing model on Windows XP is set to “Guest Only” by default. This prevents privileged access from the network. To fix this run secpol.msc, go to Local Policies/Security Options and change Network access: Sharing and security model for local accounts to Classic – Local users authenticate as themselves.
On Windows clients the Windows firewall should be disabled or at least the Remote Administration exception should be enabled in the settings.
If there is a standalone (e.g. hardware) firewall in your network, please see the next topic for more information.
How should I configure my standalone firewall to let rxInventory do its work?
On a standalone firewall the following protocols and ports should pass through the firewall:
- ICMP Echo Request (i.e. ping)
- TCP/UDP Port 137 and UDP 138 (NetBIOS Name Service and NetBIOS Datagram Service)
- TCP Port 139 (NetBIOS Session Service)
- TCP Port 445 (SMB/CIFS)
- UDP Port 161 (SNMP, only for non-Windows devices)
- TCP Port 22 (SSH, only for Linux and Mac devices)
The above port list at least enables a non-WMI scan of a Windows device, which gives you a reduced hardware and a full software inventory of a device. For a complete hardware scan the WMI protocoll has to pass through the firewall. WMI uses the DCOM protocol which allocates ports dynamically by default. Starting with Windows Vista it is possible to set a fixed port for the WMI service on the client, which Microsoft describes in the following article: ⇗ http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb219447%28v=VS.85%29.aspx
Does rxInventory support scans of computers with Windows XP Home Edition or Windows 9x/Me?
Yes, but on these operating systems some network protocols required for remote scans are disabled or not available. Therefore you must execute a program locally on these computers. See Collection Directories section of the User Guide for the use of an alternative way to get information from those devices.
Does rxInventory scan Linux and macOS?
Yes. rxInventory uses the SSH protocol to log into Linux and Mac computers when provided with a user name and password. This user need not necessarily have root privileges. But if you want to get all the hardware details of your Linux boxes, use either the root user or edit the /etc/sudoers to allow the specified user to elevate his privileges. Please check that the requiretty option is not set.
Regarding rxInventory licensing. What is the difference between known and unknown devices?
rxInventory is licensed by the number of clients kept in the database. Network devices from which rxInventory cannot get any information other than the IP address (and sometimes MAC address) are considered as unknown and do not count to your license. They are typically shown in the Unknown folder of the console tree.
I want to see all computers without a specific software, hardware etc. installed on them. How can I do this in the query designer of rxInventory?
To shield you from the complexities of SQL, the query designer of rxInventory internally rewrites expressions with a negative predicate (Example:
is not like '%Microsoft Office%') to use sub-selects. This should yield the expected results in most cases.
When I enter account information for Scan Groups into rxInventory, is the password stored in the database and can everyone see it?
No. For security reasons rxInventory does not save any passwords to the database. Only the account name is stored there. An encrypted version of the password is written to a file in the All Users-profile: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Rubinox\inventory.scangroups.config
This is the reason why scanning with custom account information does only work from the machine where the password was initially entered. If ordinary users have access to this computer please secure the above mentioned file with the appropriate access rights.