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Server Inventory

Definition - What does Server Inventory mean?

A server inventory is a complete list of information about all servers maintained in an organization. A server inventory can store information such as server type, capacity, memory and information type. Server inventories can provide valuable information suited to different needs such as maintenance, upgrading, troubleshooting and phasing out.

Techopedia explains Server Inventory

Server inventories can provide helpful information depending on an organization's requirements. There are a number of ways to maintain server information. In the old days, companies would maintain server details in spreadsheets and manually update the spreadsheet whenever needed. However, as things became more complex, spreadsheets failed to keep up.

Now, powerful application software programs can maintain server inventory and provide details whenever required. Certain software programs are capable of mapping to all servers in an organization and updating server details whenever a change takes place in a server. Such details can be accessed from remote locations with the help of custom APIs.

The details maintained in a server inventory can include:

  • Server name
  • Domain name
  • IP address (both IPv4 and IPv6)
  • Operating system
  • Server status
  • DNS suffix
  • Server type (such as DNS or DHCP)
  • Last data retrieval status
  • Last manageability status
  • Next recommended action, if any
  • Event log access status (such as blocked or unblocked)
  • DHCP audit share status

Server inventories can also maintain the details of virtual servers and related information such as patch management and continuity planning.

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