System Requirements

Network Inventory Advisor does not require any pre-requisites like .Net Framework, or Java installed. It is written in C++ and MFC, and will run natively in any Windows OS starting with Windows 95. Using Windows 2000/XP or greater operating systems for the admin PC provides the smoothest user experience. Any system capable of running any of these operating systems will be capable of running Network Inventory Advisor. Performance can vary, based on system and network resources available, and can be customized through NIA’s settings to reflect the realities of your individual setup and polling needs.

OSRunsInventories remotelyInventories locally
Windows Server 2012 & 2012 R2YesYesYes
Windows 8 (x32 & x64)YesYesYes
Windows 7 (x32 & x64)YesYesYes
Windows Server 2008 (x32 & x64)YesYesYes
Windows Vista (all editions, x32 & x64)YesYesYes
Windows Server 2003 (x32 & x64)YesYesYes
Windows XP Professional (x32 & x64)YesYesYes
Windows XP Media Center Edition (original, 2003, 2004, 2005)YesYesYes
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition (original & 2005)YesYesYes
Windows XP Home EditionYesNoYes
Windows 2000YesYesYes
Windows NT4NoYesYes
Windows 9x/MeNoYes, requires WMI coreYes, requires WMI core
Mac OS XYesYesYes
LinuxComing soonYesYes
FreeBSDComing soonComing soonComing soon



Network Inventory Advisor requires correct configuration of inventoried nodes, please, refer to Troubleshooting in case something doesn’t work as expected.

Windows-based systems are inventoried using WMI remotely, or using a small agent utility which is deployed remotely using RPC/DCOM and run in target systems. Users can switch between these 2 modes whenever they like, or try them consecutively. Macs are inventoried via SSH connection. Network Inventory Advisor analyses and builds reports based on WMI data collected from Windows machines, and System Profiler data from Macs. When scanned with an agent, reports may contain additional data, which is not supplied by WMI or System Profiler.

.updated: September 30, 2016 author: jeff