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inControl/Asset


Doesn't inControl/Asset give me another database to manage?  I already have too many software tools with corresponding databases.

No.  inControl/Asset provides you with the key to your existing asset database, keeping these records in-sync with the move-add-change activity of the asset.  inControl/Asset provides a directory structure built upon the unique identification and physical location of each asset, allowing you to use this physical reference to access configuration records and other data for each specific asset.  With inControl/Asset, your databases become linked, consolidated and simplified.


Can't system or asset management software (SMS, NetCensus) perform this type of inventory tracking?

Discovery-based software products for configuration and asset management determine software inventory and system characteristics on compatible equipment, but they relay on logical information collection methods that only work when the network is communicating and the assets are turned on.  From a practical standpoint, the discovery process has too many contingencies to perform asset tracking for all assets on a regular basis.  For continuous, standardized tracking of all connected hardware (even when equipment is turned off) inControl/Asset is the only solution.


Can connections be made without updating the inventory?

No.  inControl/Asset records all connections.  If an asset with EtherLockID connects to the network, the asset record for that location will automatically reference the correct asset information through a correlation with the EtherLockID.  If an untagged asset is connected, an unknown asset will still be registered at that location, but without a reference file.  This event will generate notification from inControl software.


How is EtherLockID different from an IP address for asset tracking?

EtherLockID is an asset tracking tag that provides a permanent physical reference for each asset on a network, regardless of power state or communication capability of the asset.  IP addresses exist for data communication purposes (in a DHCP environment it even might change each time the asset is turned on) and are an unreliable means of tracking the actual asset.


How is EtherLockID different from a MAC address for asset tracking?

EtherLockID is an asset tracking tag that provides a permanent physical reference for each asset, regardless of power state or communication capability of the asset.  The MAC address identifies a specific, non-permanent (serviceable) component of the asset, and this address can only be read/discovered by complex tools while the asset is on and communicating.


Can I use the inControl/Asset to track non-networked assets?  How?

Yes. Peripheral equipment (e.g. monitor, external drive) can be associated with an asset through the use of EtherLockID Tethers.  Other assets can be tracked uniquely by affixing an EtherLockID to the asset and connecting this tag to the network through an open walljack.

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