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Computer inventory management: Keep an eye on your IT with PRTG

  • Document your entire IT inventory
  • Auto discovery to take inventory of your system
  • Monitor Active Directory, Windows Services, and updates
  • Increase the transparency of your IT infrastructure and networks
  • Prevent network errors before they arise

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Computer inventory management as basis for monitoring

Computer inventory management is used to inventory devices and systems. It guarantees that you maintain a complete and accurate record of all the devices and systems in your IT infrastructure. The most important task of computer inventory management is to increase the transparency of your infrastructure and networks.

Computer inventory management lays the foundation for precise monitoring by (among other things) excluding unnecessary systems from your monitoring environment.


What is computer inventory management?

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Computer inventory management refers to the management of computer, software, and system inventories. It involves the implementation of tried-and-tested processes that provide companies with an exhaustive overview of their infrastructure. After all, when it comes to complex infrastructures, it’s not always easy to keep an eye on everything.

Infrastructures contain a large number of systems such as employee computers (on-site and remote), servers, storage devices, routers, switches, and printers. A company infrastructure also includes software, files, directories, device drivers, user groups, credentials, and more.


Computer inventory management tasks include the following:

Die Erfassung von angeschlossenen Systemen im Netzwerk

Taking inventory of systems in the network

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Monitoring systems in the network

3.	Die Optimierung des Netzwerks über Best Practices

Optimizing the network with best practices



The benefits of meticulous computer inventory management

By knowing what is connected to your company network, you can:

  • set up comprehensive monitoring so you don’t miss a thing;
  • prevent systems or operational processes from crashing;
  • quickly get to the roots of problems;
  • significantly reduce time spent troubleshooting;
  • use the collected data to optimize your network.

This 360-degree approach allows you to offer outstanding service to the employees, customers, and other people who make use of your IT.


What Computer inventory management looks like in PRTG



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How does PRTG help with computer inventory management?


With PRTG, you can do away with multiple inventory apps for your computers.
PRTG comes with a variety of functions and features that let you customize your computer inventory management:

 i How PRTG defines sensors

In PRTG, “sensors” are the basic monitoring elements. One sensor usually monitors one measured value in your network, e.g. the traffic of a switch port, the CPU load of a server, the free space of a disk drive. On average you need about 5-10 sensors per device or one sensor per switch port.

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Detailed overview thanks to the Auto Discovery feature

Detailed overview thanks to the Auto Discovery feature

PRTG comes with a handy Auto Discovery feature which is automatically launched upon installing the monitoring software. As a result, you’ll quickly obtain a comprehensive summary of all the devices and systems that are connected to and accessible within your corporate network.

Monitor files and folders with PRTG sensors

Monitor files and folders with PRTG sensors

PRTG not only monitors systems, but also files and folders. In fact, the software comes with preconfigured sensors for this purpose. The File Sensor lets you monitor a file that is located on a parent system (for example). PRTG also tracks changes to the content and timestamps of files. The Folder Sensor monitors folders via the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.

Monitor Active Directory

Monitor Active Directory

PRTG also monitors your Active Directory to provide you with precise, real-time information on users, user groups, and failed or successful login attempts. Among other things, its Microsoft Azure sensors can be used for this purpose.

Monitor Windows Services and updates

Monitor Windows Services and updates

With PRTG, you can also incorporate Windows Services and updates into your monitoring environment. Simply use the WMI Service, SNMP Windows Service, or Windows Updates Status (PowerShell) Sensor.

Improve corporate and network security

Improve corporate and network security

PRTG acts as an early warning system: by monitoring your systems and networks, you’ll also improve your IT infrastructure and therefore your corporate security management. PRTG monitors every aspect of your network around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Problems with firewalls are detected immediately. And in the event of an incident (e.g., a malware attack related to a sudden spike in bandwidth), PRTG automatically notifies you at once. 



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Precise reporting for computer inventory management

Event logging is the foundation of computer inventory management. Log generation is a default feature in PRTG. As a log analyzer, PRTG provides the following advantages for your reporting: 

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Track past incidents

You can check the exact time of previous errors under “Logs” > “Errors.” You can also check the history of a specific sensor in the data table report, which records the date and time of both normal and abnormal conditions.

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Promptly detect critical events

With PRTG, sensors can be configured in advance such that you’re immediately informed in the event of a disruption or other anomaly. These alerts – which can be sent by email, SMS, or push notification – allow you to quickly take action before more serious problems arise.


PRTG is compatible with all major vendors, products, and systems

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PRTG the multi-tool

PRTG: The multi-tool for sysadmins

Adapt PRTG individually and dynamically to your needs and rely on a strong API:

  • HTTP API: Access monitoring data and manipulate monitoring objects via HTTP requests
  • Custom sensors: Create your own PRTG sensors for customized monitoring
  • Custom notifications: Create your own notifications and send action triggers to external systems
  • REST Custom sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides data in XML or JSON format


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