The Linux feature is another Docusnap component that contributes to the complete inventory and documentation of heterogeneous networks. Today, Linux systems are used both in client (e.g. thin clients) and in server environments. Docusnap allows an easy and automated retrieval of the Linux system data which is then stored as structured information in the Configuration Management Database (CMDB).
The inventory process for Linux systems uses standard interfaces and standard protocols. If you would like to perform inventory processes without requiring agents for Linux systems, as well as for Windows or Mac systems, Docusnap is the optimum solution for you. Based on the SSH and SFTP standard protocols, the various Linux distributions are inventoried automatically. You can also schedule the inventory process to be performed later and, if desired, periodically.
Since Linux systems are used in various desktop and server environments, there is a broad range of data that can be inventoried and processed for later analysis in the Docusnap database. This covers data such as:
For a detailed list of all values, refer to linked PDF file or the sample documentations.
To inventory Linux systems, you can use the wizard provided, schedule your scans through the Docusnap Server or run a script for automated execution. The script variant is ideally suited for scanning systems which cannot be inventoried remotely for security reasons. This could for instance be a Linux web server in a demilitarized zone (DMZ).
To search for potential Linux systems, Docusnap uses one or more IP ranges. Each address from the specified range is searched for a Linux system and suggested for automatic scanning.
The Docusnap documentation wizard allows you to create data sheets and overviews for all Linux systems. With a few clicks, you can customize the data sheets to reflect the corporate design of your company. It is also possible to have your data sheets generated automatically by scheduling their creation using the Docusnap Server.
Besides being documented using data sheets and overviews, Linux systems will also be represented in a graphical network plan, alongside with Windows systems and the active network components. This form of schematic and graphical representation enables you to view your entire network structure at a glance.