Tracking a network’s equipment and software assets is a tedious and error-prone process. Asset Trustee, from FileWave, makes it easier to view and manage your network inventory, and version 6.0 adds integrated Web serving, a revamped user interface, and a Java-based SNMP scanner that alerts you to new devices on your network. However, the program does not run natively in Mac OS X.
Asset Trustee is a suite of four components–Collector, Inventory Manager, Scanner, and SNMP Scanner. You install Scanner on every computer (both Mac and Windows) you want to inventory; it runs in the background during idle time, taking stock of hardware and software and monitoring disk space and other variables. Scanner forwards this data to Collector. You can then add information such as purchase price and date to the collected inventory data, and use Inventory Manager to generate reports. A built-in Web server puts reports online for you. SNMP Scanner lets you add devices to the inventory, but it’s hard to use, poorly documented, and not well integrated with other components.
Macworld’s Buying Advice
Asset Trustee does a great job of tracking network assets and helps you catch new devices when they’re installed. Despite weak SNMP support, it’s a good choice for monitoring the status of network assets.