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do you have any recommendations for a system that can do software inventory but also be able to make use bar code readers and help with hardware inventories? for screens etc?

I know spiceworks does this (not sure about bar code readers) but it is windows based and i was wondering if there is anything that is not windows based

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This question has already been answered numerous times. Please search the site first. – Maxwell May 17 '11 at 9:49

Try GLPI. I have never used it, but I did have a very good long hard look at it, then decided it was over the top for my requirements.

Bar code readers are effectively just another input device, i.e. a replacement for a keyboard. In consequence pretty much any software can use bar code readers in parallel with keyboards. The interesting bits come in when a piece of software (especially for asset/inventory management) can also print its own bar code labels. Whether or not GLPI can do that, I do not know. But then, I am not aware of any other OSS package that can. And you can always add your own custom reports to make it work for you.

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GLPI is a nice app and with a lot of features, but i don't know it all very well.

I'm using OCS Inventory and it's very nice.

It has agents for windows and Linux that can communicate with server online and offline and it keeps records for hardware (hdd, bios version, computer serial number, memory, etc..) and also the software installed in each computer (don't know how it behaves in Linux, but the windows software listings are extensive).

It can be extended with plugins and if you feel it, you can develop our own. I haven't explored all the features, but it seems very powerfull.

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In our enterprise environment, we currently use Manage Engine Service Desk

We are not using a barcode scanner for asset management, but I have read that you can export from barcode scanner softare to a CSV file, and import it into Service Desk.

We currently just use the auto scanner feature which pulls equipment make/model/serial numbers, etc... and places it right into the DB.

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