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Asset Control

Asset Control is a Data Analytics tool for Ivanti Management Suite that enables you to store and view detailed records for devices lacking the Ivanti agent in a database separate from inventory. For Unmanaged Device Discovery (UDD) devices (such as printers, switches, routers, and so on), only a minimal amount of data is visible in the Management Suite network view. By using Data Analytics' Discovery Services to add these devices to the Asset Control database, you have the ability to view a more detailed inventory record.

The Asset Control database is also an ideal place to archive the inventory records of older Ivanti-agent-enabled devices that you don't want included in Management Suite license calculations. The records are maintained as is, without using a license. To archive device records in Asset Control, you need to use the Data Translation Services Archive asset wizard.

NOTE: If you want to move a device record back into the inventory database after archiving it in Asset Control, you must rescan the device with the Management Suite inventory scanner.

About the Asset Control view

When you open Asset Control, a pane appears across the bottom of the Management Suite console. This pane consists of a tree structure that lists various folders, displaying device data much like the network view.

Getting started

To use Asset Control, you first need to add devices to the database so that you can see them in the Asset Control view.

You can add devices to Asset Control in a couple of ways. The first and simplest is through the Data Analytics' Discovery Services. When Discovery Services is configured to scan for new agentless devices, records for these devices are created in the Asset Control database. These device records are not visible using the Management Suite network view, but do appear in Asset Control view.

You can also use Data Analytics' Data Translation Services to add new devices to Asset Control. For example, you can configure a barcode web-form rule that creates records for new devices. These web forms can include Ivanti database attributes or new attributes you specify that will become part of the device record.

Asset Control is also integrated with the other features of Data Translation Services. For example, if you have HP printers with warranties visible on the HP cloud-services website, use Data Translation Services to import that data into the Asset Control database.

Viewing inventory data

As you add devices to the Asset Control database, they're organized under the All Assets folder in any number of applicable sub-folders. You can browse these sub-folders and use the right-click menus off of any device for a variety of actions. You can also define column sets and queries to customize how you view device data in the Asset Control view, similar to how you view data in the Management Suite network view.

Column sets

You can edit the columns that appear when viewing devices or query results in the Asset Control view. Once you've created a column set, you can export it at any time as an .XML file by right-clicking it and following the prompts.

Queries

Queries are useful in Asset Control to search for devices matching a set of criteria. You can create a new query or import an existing Ivanti query to search for devices. When importing a query, you can either use it as is, or you can import and then edit it.

Once you've created a query, it will appear in the All Queries folder. To see the results of a query, right-click the query and select Run. You can export the query at any time as an .XML file by right-clicking it and following the prompts.

Asset Control reports

Asset Control reporting is handled through the Data Analytics' Executive Report Pack. Many Asset Control reports ship by default and are listed under Executive Report Pack > Reports > Asset Control.

To create a new Asset Control report, open the Executive Report Pack and click the Create Report toolbar icon. During the creation process, you'll have the option of creating a report specifically for devices in the Asset Control database.


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