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There is a lot of total crap out there I don't want to waste a lot of time testing to be disappointed. I'm trying to create some physical documentation for software, hardware, active directory, group policy, etc. I'd like either something super lightweight as far as software, or templates to document manually.

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Well, if you don't waste time testing, no one can help you. If you get a suggestion raving about tool/method Foo as being perfect, it can still not work at all for your situation. –  SvW Mar 1 '11 at 17:48
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"physical documentation" - do you actually need it only on paper? Otherwise, what do you mean by this phrase? –  mfinni Mar 1 '11 at 17:49
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Also - list your requirements. Without them, we'll only be suggesting likely disappointments. This is not something with a one-size-fits-all solution. –  mfinni Mar 1 '11 at 17:50
    
If I didn't think I'd have to test something, I'd assume someone was going to do it for me. Fundamentally, I'm am here being proactive. Looks like joeqwerty was helpful at least. –  Seth Mar 1 '11 at 18:23
    
@mfinni Yes, I need physical documentation, however it is queried, by software/printing or by template/printing. Requirements, would just like to document those issues with my servers. –  Seth Mar 1 '11 at 18:26
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Agreed, SharePoint would be your easiest or best option in a Windows environment. Build documents in word, excel and visio, then simply upload to sharepoint document area. Create access for users based on groups, user, roles or active directory. Maintain docs from within sharepoint and have sharepoint provide doc revision.

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Thank you, i will look into it again, haven't messed with this in a while. –  Seth Mar 1 '11 at 19:49
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How about Windows Sharepoint Services? It's free and you can build a nice document library for yourself.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/sharepoint/default

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Wiki wiki wiki.

Find a simple wiki, avoid closing information in lots of different file formats that require different programs to view. Keep it simple.

The simplest wiki I have tried is Tiddly wiki, its just one html file so you just need a browser. Amazing features for just a html file.

If you want more for tiny bit of money then I highly recommend Confluence from Atlassian, 10 users for $10, can't beat that. Runs a tomcat server with a mssql db among other things. I'm a generalist so I use products from lots and lots of different vendors and when it comes do documentation and support, few if any rival atlassian :)

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Thanks for this suggestion, I will have a look. –  Seth Mar 1 '11 at 21:41
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