- March 7, 2012 at 7:12 am #1494
Is it possible to tune [Information] folder as a shared resource? I’d like several client applications of Network Inventory Advisor use one shared [Information] folder.
Of course, it’s not the aim to work in parallel mode, the work is planned only in exclusive mode.
Could you advice me?
Thanks!March 14, 2012 at 6:33 am #2622
We recommend you to enable Central Repository data collection in Settings. This will work like the following: the actual inventory data will be collected to Central Repository, and all your admins will fetch that data into their copies of Network Inventory Advisor installed locally by enabling this feature.
Please refer to the User Guide for Network Inventory Advisor -> “Settings” -> “Central Repository” section.
Alternatively you could try to share the whole Program folder and launch [C:Program FilesClearAppsNetwork Inventory Advisoriadvisor.exe] file from remote PCs. Note that we cannot guarantee that NIA will function correctly in this usage scenario.March 14, 2012 at 10:52 am #2623
Thank you, Kim.
The first way is rather interesting.
1) Is this way possible only when scanning network assets with the agent utility? Otherwise I don’t understand how the inventory data file will appear in Central Repository.
2) The User Guide says: “The inventory data file stored in Central Repository is automatically deleted once imported”.
Does it mean that when the first admin will run the NIA Central Repository would be cleared? In this case the second admin will not get any data!March 16, 2012 at 8:52 am #2625
Please find below the answers:
1) Yes, it is necessary to enable an agent utility in your Logon Script. It will export data into Central Repository, where each copy of NIA will get the data from.
2) Please disable the following checkbox: Settings -> General -> Delete file with data after importing.June 21, 2013 at 9:38 am #2694
What do we do if we have existing network info already gathered and want to start the Central Repository option?June 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm #2695
The best hint would be manually sharing the folder with network information before switching to Central Repository, so every admin of yours has the starting amount of data.June 24, 2013 at 2:27 pm #2696
I copied the Information file from one Pc to the other. Seems to be fine except for I created an awful lot of locations to add to the location field and none of them made it to the 2nd install.June 24, 2013 at 2:29 pm #2697
Is there another way to point a 2nd install to the Information folder rather than just copying it in the new install? And then will the Central Repository option work from that point forward?June 29, 2013 at 7:35 am #2700
Alternatively you can just use Network Inventory Advisor from a virtual or remote machine. But that’s not the best way. Why exactly can’t you copy and import the network in question? I will follow-up with the instruction on moving all your settings over as well.July 24, 2013 at 8:32 pm #2756
Jeff, you said “The best hint would be manually sharing the folder with network information” I took this to mean manually copy the Information folder to another PC with NIA installed. I did that and all looked good, except for the contents of one custom field. The location field has nothing in it, even though I had created a lot of values. Other custom fields I created kept their values. This is very frustrating. I am also having to move to a Win 7 machine and I am losing faith that I can transition this app properly.July 30, 2013 at 10:36 am #2757
So you decided to transfer your Network Inventory Advisor installation completely, not just share the data to others? In fact, moving the whole [information] folder should move everything including custom fields and settings. So, can you just retry the process? Remove the copy completely, and copy the folder and the app once again. Let me know if it helps.July 30, 2013 at 6:46 pm #2758
I have given up on trying to share the information. I have too much information in my inventory to risk using Central Repository. The instructions are unclear and the whole experience is extremely frustrating.
What I would settle for now, is just the ability to move my Information folder to a Win 7 machine and have it work correctly. I tried it again and the Locations I have created are not showing up. It only has the default My Network location. Is there a specific file that houses any created Locations that can be viewed like the contents of the other custom fields? They are all there.August 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm #2759
We are checking this out now.
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