IBM United States
Software Announcement 201-135
May 1, 2001
Tivoli Inventory 4.0 Provides A Cross-Platform Automated Solution For Inventory Management
At a Glance
Tivoli Inventory 4.0, using the infrastructure provided by Tivoli Management Framework 3.7.1, enhances inventory management in large distributed networks by:
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Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).
Challenged by the need to efficiently maintain accurate IT asset information in your distributed systems networks? With the enhancements found in Tivoli® Inventory 4.0, you can quickly and easily automate the management of your hardware and software assets.
Tivoli Inventory 4.0
With a variety of scanning enhancements and new business-minded capabilities, Tivoli Inventory provides an efficient scalable solution to your asset management problems. The following significant functional enhancements have been added:
Hardware and Software Scan Enhancements
Optimized Database Schema
Endpoint Initiated Scanning
Tivoli Inventory 4.0 is an application for discovering and maintaining up-to-date hardware and software asset information in homogenous or heterogeneous enterprises. Tivoli Inventory can identify and track changes regarding software applications, hardware configuration, and peripheral device information.
Tivoli Inventory 4.0 provides hardware and software scanning enhancements, including improved UNIX hardware information, automated Desktop Management Interface (DMI) scanning, and header scanning. In addition to the new DMI GUI in Version 4.0 that allows you to specify which DMI components you want to retrieve information about, a script can be generated for simplified table creation of the desired DMI information. Tivoli Inventory 4.0 will support header scanning, which can be used as an alternative method of quickly gathering software application information. Header scanning involves obtaining application-specific information, provided by the software vendor, from the header file of the application. In addition to header scanning support, Tivoli Inventory is also expanding its signature knowledge base to provide software signatures for additional platforms, including a new and improved UNIX signature file.
In addition to DMI scanning, Tivoli Inventory 4.0 will exploit the data sources provided by Windows 2000 as additional data sources for hardware and software information. Scanning of the Active Directory and the Windows 2000 Installer catalog by Tivoli Inventory will ensure a more comprehensive picture of the Windows 2000 components in your environment.
With Tivoli Inventory, you can scan peripheral devices such as printers, modems, and Ethernet adapters. This capability leverages the new USB (Universal Serial Bus) technology and the PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) bus. The new USB technology will allow you to identify devices such as printers and scanners which have USB support. The PCI bus can also be scanned via a PCI scanner, which is integrated into the Windows hardware scanner. The PCI bus is the most common slot currently installed in the industry for devices such as modems, Ethernet adapters, and video cards.
In addition to the improved mobile support being provided by Tivoli Management Framework 3.7.1, Tivoli Inventory 4.0 will provide history tracking of the hardware and software assets found in your environment. The history tracking capability will allow you to monitor asset changes throughout your environment for asset management and business reporting purposes. Additional Crystal Reports are provided out-of-the-box to help you identify exception occurrences. The enhancements made to the Tivoli Inventory database schema will enhance the storage and retrieval of your inventory information and will provide a data dictionary. The new schema is closely aligned with the industry accepted CIM (Common Information Model) standard.
With Tivoli Inventory 4.0, you will be able to specify "when to scan" as well as "what to scan." In addition to specifying whether to scan at user logon, machine boot up, after a critical system change, or on a scheduled basis, Tivoli Inventory 4.0 will provide granular scanning capabilities. Granular scanning provides better management of the type and amount of data retrieved and stored in your Inventory repository. With granular scanning, you can limit scans to specific information, such as hardware sub-components, file headers, custom data, software and sub-components, to name a few. By utilizing granular scanning and the scanning customization capability, you are able to control what information is retrieved at what time and align the necessary scans with your business needs.
Many environments have some machines that are not connected to the Tivoli environment. The endpoint-initiated scanner performs scans at the endpoints for specific information and can be used for disconnected machines.
In conjunction with Tivoli Management Framework V 3.7.1, Tivoli Inventory 4.0 provides support for mobile users. At times, when a profile is distributed, a user is not connected to the network, while other times, they are connected and receive the Inventory profile, but disconnect before the scan results are collected. With Tivoli Management Framework 3.7.1 and Inventory 4.0, these scenarios are addressed.
In addition to additional Crystal Reports being provided out-of-the-box with Tivoli Inventory 4.0, online help will also be provided. The new user-friendly online help will be panel context sensitive and will open definitions inside of definitions. The help topics will change in accordance to the tasks you are performing. This enhancement helps to make our customers' lives easier.
Through integration with other Tivoli applications, the capabilities available to an administrator are expanded beyond hardware and software scanning. A system administrator can:
This program is not impacted by euro currency.
Training is available for all Tivoli® products. Education is offered through IBM Education and Training, and through Tivoli Systems. Worldwide information about education offerings is available on the IBM Education and Training home page at:
For current information on Tivoli Systems education, call 512-436-8000 or visit the Tivoli Systems home page on the Internet at:
Product information is available through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
The following documents will be shipped with the Tivoli Inventory program in hardcopy form.
Order Title Number Tivoli Inventory User's Guide GC31-8381 Tivoli Inventory Release Notes GI10-3011 Tivoli Inventory Config Rep Poster SX75-0123
Specified Operating Environment
Hardware platforms supporting UNIX® or Windows NT with the software
levels stated in the
Tivoli Inventory runs on the following software platforms:
Tivoli Inventory is distributed with:
Security, Auditability, and Control
Tivoli Inventory uses the security and auditability features of the operating system software and the Tivoli Management Framework.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
Basic License: For ordering information on the base program, refer to Software Announcement 200-017 , dated February 15, 2000.
Terms and Conditions
Agreement: IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA), IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Programs and Support (IIAAPS), IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Support (IAAS), with the Attachment for Support and its Addendum for Tivoli Systems, and an Order Form
Support Center applies: Yes Access is available through the Tivoli Support Center, 800-TIVOLI8 (848-6548) Availability: The first year of Tivoli Support is available at no additional charge. The first year starts when the product is shipped to the customer. Subsequent years of Tivoli Support are available for a fee as part of the IAAS, IIAAPS, or any equivalent agreement Available until Twelve months after written the product notice of product is discontinued: discontinuance, (that is, end-of-life (EOL)) Applicable for: The current release The immediate previous release level for twelve months after the general availability of the current release APAR Mailing Address: Tivoli Systems Inc. 9442 Capital of Texas Highway Austin, TX 78759 USA Attention: Product Development
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Charges are based on Tivoli Management Points. Charges per Tivoli Management Point are unaffected by this announcement.
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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.