Installation

The content below will guide you through the process of installing Specops Inventory.

Key Components

Specops Inventory consists of the following components and does not require any additional servers or resources in your environment:

  • Inventory Server: Manages feedback from the client computers and the database.
  • Administrative Tools: Specops Inventory Administrative Tool is used to configure what information the Specops Inventory Group Policy Client Side Extension should collect and send to the Specops Inventory server.
  • Specops Inventory Reporting Scheduler Service: Sends license expiration and license compliance reports to configured subscribers.
  • Specops Inventory Client Side extension: Collects and sends inventory information to the Specops Inventory Server.
  • Specops Reporting: Specops Reporting is a separate product that can be used in combination with Specops Inventory. You can use Specops Reporting to view and create detailed inventory reports.
Requirements

Your organization’s environment must meet the following system requirements:

ItemRequirement
Server• Windows Server 2008 or later
• Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or later
• .NET Framework 2.0 or later
Administration Tools• Windows Server 2008, or later
• Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)
• .NET Framework 2.0 or later
Specops Inventory Reporting Scheduler Service• Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or later
Specops Inventory Client Side Extension• Windows 7 or later
• .NET Framework 2.0 or later
Reporting• Windows Server 2008 or later
• Internet Information Services (IIS) installed
• Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or later

The Specops Setup Assistant will help you meet the system requirements.

Installing Specops Inventory

During installation, the Specops Inventory Setup Assistant will launch. The Setup Assistant will help you install the following components for Inventory:

  • Server
  • Administrations Tools
  • Inventory Reporting Scheduler Service
  • Specops Inventory Client Side Extension
  • Reporting
  1. Download Specops Inventory from https://www.specopssoft.com.
  2. Complete and submit the download form.
  3. You will receive the Download link via email. Click Download now from the message.
  4. Save and Run the Setup Assistant on your server.
    Note: By default the file is extracted to C:\temp\SpecopsInventory_Setup_[VersionNumber]
  5. To begin, click Start Installation from the Specops Inventory menu.
  6. Read the Software License Agreement, and click Accept.

Install the Inventory Server

The Specops Inventory Server consists of two components: the Specops Inventory Server service, and the database. The Specops Inventory Server service manages feedback from the Specops Inventory Group Policy Client Side Extension and stores it in the database. The Specops Inventory Server service also manages the communication between the database and the administration tools.

  1. From the Setup Assistant, select Inventory Server.
  2. The Setup Assistant will check that you have met the following prerequisites:
    • Valid server operating system.
    • Local administrative permissions.
  3. Click Select user… to select the user account the service will run as.
    • Enter the Username and Password of the user account.
    • Click OK.
      Note: All operations performed by the Specops Inventory Server component will be performed in the context of the service account selected here.
  1. Click Select Database… to select the SQL Server to install the database on.
    • Identify the server(s) you want to install the database on.
    • Click OK.
      Note: To find the SQL server, the SQL server browser service must be running.
  1. Click Install.
  2. Click Install to install the Specops Inventory Server.

Install the Administration Tools

Installing the Administration Tools will install the Group Policy Editor snap-in, and the Configuration Tool. You can use the Group Policy Editor snap-in to configure what information the Specops Inventory Group Policy Client Side Extension should collect and send to the Specops Inventory server. You can use the Configuration Tool to add license information, and clean the database.

The Administration Tools should be installed on the computer that you want to administer the product from.

  1. From the Setup Assistant, select Administration Tools.
  2. Click Install to install the Specops Inventory Administration Tools on the local computer.

Install the Specops Inventory Reporting Scheduler Service

The Specops Reporting Scheduler Service is responsible for sending license expiration and license compliance reports to configured subscribers.

  1. From the Setup Assistant, select Specops Inventory Reporting Scheduler Service.
  2. Click Select database… to select the SQL Server to install the database on.
    • Identify the server(s) you want to install the database on.
    • Click OK.
      Note: To find the SQL server, the SQL server browser service must be running.
  3. Click Select user… to select the user account the service will run as.
    • Enter the Username and Password of the user account.
    • Click OK.
  4. Click Install.

Install the Inventory Client Side Extension

The Specops Inventory Group Policy Client Side Extension collects information from computers and/or users and sends the collected information to the inventory server where it can accessed from Specops Reporting. You can automatically configure an existing Group Policy Object with Software Installation Settings to deploy the Client in your domain. Specops Password Client should be installed on all domain joined client machines.

  1. From the Setup Assistant, select Deploy Inventory Client Side Extension.
  2. The Setup Assistant will check that you have Active Directory permissions for the user.
  3. To select the Group Policy Object that will be used to deploy the client, click Select GPO.
    • Select an existing GPO from the list.
    • Click OK.
  4. You can create a new share or select an existing share. To select an existing share you must copy the Client Side Extension msi-package into the appropriate share.
    • Click Select Share.
    • Browse to the location of the network share, or enter the location of the share name.
      Note: The location of the share name will be a network UNC path.
  1. To upgrade the packages for x86 and x64 deployments in the selected GPO, click Add Settings.
    Note: The Client Side Extension MSI will be deployed through a computer software installation and may not take effect until the computers have been restarted.

Install Specops Reporting

Specops Reporting can be used in combination with Specops Inventory. You can use Specops Reporting to view and created detailed inventory reports. You can install Specops Reporting from the Specops Inventory Setup Assistant.

  1. From the Setup Assistant, click Start Installation from the Specops Reporting menu.
  2. The Setup Assistant will check that you have met the following prerequisites:
    • Valid server operating system.
    • Local administrative permissions.
    • IIS is installed and configured.
  3. Click Select… to select a web site where Specops Reporting will be installed.
    • Select a Web Site from the list.
    • Click OK.
  4. Click Select database… to select the SQL Server to install the database on.
    • Identify the server(s) you want to install the database on.
    • Click OK.
  5. Click Install.
Post-installation Configuration

You will need to complete the following configuration settings once you have installed Specops Command:

Import your license key

Enter your license key in the Specops Configuration Tool.

  1. Open the Specops Configuration Tool.
  2. Select the Specops Inventory tab.
  3. In the navigation pane, select License.
  4. Click Import License.
  5. Browse to the location of the TXT file, and click Open.

Verify that the Specops Inventory Client is installed on your client machines

Perform the following steps on the client to determine that the Specops Inventory Client has been successfully installed.

  1. View installed programs from the Control Panel:
  2. Open Programs and Features.
  3. In the list of installed programs, find Specops Inventory Client.

 

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