IT scanning for Office,
Data Center and Clouds

In Asset.Desk is the automatic “scan” of the exact hardware and software of all IT resources. We implement what you need. Almost 20 years of experience in the scanning environment make us as flexible as the software itself. No matter if in a network, stand alone, home office, and much more. – we scan it.

Scans can be performed automatically, at the push of a button, via schedules and independently, even without network access.
So you always get complete hardware details and information about installed software directly from the target system at the push of a button. The following platforms can be scanned automatically with Asset.Desk:

  • Windows Desktop and Server
  • Linux desktop and server systems
  • macOS devices
  • IGEL thin clients
  • AIX and Solaris Systems
  • SNMP devices
  • Server virtualization platforms (vCenter, Hyper-V)
  • Cloud environments (e.g. MS Azure, Office 365, Adobe, Amazon, Google,…)
  • Android / Chrome OS based mobile devices
  • iOS based mobile devices

Scanning can be performed
configure differently

  • automatic
  • time-controlled
  • at the push of a button
  • at computer restart
  • after a certain time

Areas of the IT scan:

Office IT

  • Windows scan (with Agent and without Agent)
  • SNMP scan (without Agent)
  • macOS scan (with Agent)
  • Linux Scan (with Agent)
  • IGEL Scanner / Thin Clients (with Agent)
  • Android / Chrome OS Scanner (App)
  • iOS Scanner (App)

Server IT

  • Windows scan (with Agent and without Agent)
  • SNMP scan (without Agent)
  • Linux Scan (with Agent)
  • Solaris for SPARC Scanner (with Agent)
  • Solaris for x86 Scanner (with Agent)
  • AIX Scanner (with Agent)
  • vCenter Scan (without Agent)
  • Hyper-V scan (without Agent)

Cloud IT

  • MS Azure
  • Google Platform
  • Office 365
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Hetzner Cloud
  • Google Workspace


Add the Remote Scan module to Asset.Desk Basic to read Windows devices and SNMP-enabled devices at the push of a button or time-controlled from a central location (remotely) and import their hardware and software data into the inventory database. Using the Asset.Desk Tracker, you can detect devices in the network via IP range, domain list or Active Directory and combine them in a scan list. Objects that should not be scanned automatically can easily be moved to an exclusion list. All scans can be scheduled, and you can store more details about each scan run using individual scan profiles. Threshold values help you to keep an eye on which devices were no longer accessible over a defined period of time.

Windows scan

The remote scan of the Windows devices is done via WMI and provides very detailed information about the complete hardware and software on the target clients. Included are e.g. data on hard disks, CPU and RAM as well as operating system and installed software. In detail, the scan also reads the Windows build number for the OS, the UEFI secure boot status for the BIOS and data from the connected monitors. In addition, virtual machines are also scanned and automatically recognized and displayed as virtual systems.

SNMP scan

The Asset.Desk Tracker supports SNMP V1-3 for SNMP scanning. In addition to the basic information, you can also have individual data read out via the MIB profiles of the devices. For this purpose, you can create private profiles for the individual devices and series. Asset.Desk offers an integrated MIB browser for this purpose.

Unlike remote scanning, the Scanning Agent Windows provides comprehensive device and software information behind firewalls and other client security mechanisms, regardless of remote access rights. The Scanning Agent Windows can report the current hardware and software data as well as configuration information of the Windows computers to the central asset management database, the Asset.Desk Manager, at the start of the computer, at a preset time and even at the push of a button.

Windows Agent PLUS – For more technical data!

For all those who want to scan their devices down to the smallest detail, there is the Scanning Agent Windows PLUS. It provides you with additional data of CPU, mainboard, BIOS, operating system and RAM – down to the smallest detail like e.g. Package, Max TDP (power dissipation in Watt), Technology (nm), Core VID (voltage in Volt), Instruction Set, Core Speed, Core Temperature, Bus Speed, Cache sizes at CPU, ROM Size of the BIOS, specification and type of the RAM modules etc.
The Scanning Agent Windows cooperates with the software distribution solution Install.Desk: Immediately after the completion of a distribution job, the agent triggers a (software) scan of the affected devices. This means that the new software version of these devices is available in the inventory or asset database without delay.

Der Linux Agent liefert umfassende Informationen zur Hard- und Softwareausstattung Ihrer Linux Rechner, er scannt ebenso wie sein Pendant der Windows-Agent beim Rechnerstart, per Zeitvorgabe oder auf Knopfdruck.

Dabei unterstützt der Linux Agent die Betriebssysteme Novell/SuSE Enterprise Server (Versionen 9, 10 und 11), SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (Versionen 10 und 11) sowie OpenSuSE (11 und 12), Mandriva Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5 und 6, Ubuntu, Debian und Fedora. Die Unterstützung weiterer Linux-Derivate wird in Kürze möglich sein.

The macOS scanner makes it possible to read detailed hardware, software, and network data from Apple mac-based end devices and feed it into the Asset.Desk database.

The macOS scanner is a separate service that runs independently and regularly on Apple target devices and is installed on the target devices via the tracker for this purpose.

Thus, the macOS scanner on the target device can receive settings data that tell the client when and how often to scan.
Conversely, the client returns the finished scan file to the server.
The scan can also be triggered manually from the tracker at any time.
The macOS scanner supports OS versions 10.13.x (x86/x64) to 10.15.x (x64). Also, the brand-new OS version 11.0 (Big Sur) is already supported.

(Information: until version Asset.Desk 8.10.9 the macOS scanner was not a local service and had to be installed on the end devices)

The “IGEL Scanner” is a local service that automatically reads the hardware and software data from all common IGEL thin clients, especially from UDx series devices.

In addition to the extensive hardware data, the scan data also includes data on the Linux derivative and the firmware version. Besides the installed software as well as the installed features are scanned in each case with version.

The Asset.Desk tracker distributes the IGEL scanners to the target computers via SSH and controls the scan. The scan data is returned in Asset.Desk format via Samba.

The Android / Chrome OS Scanner app reads the hardware data as well as the installed software apps from Android 6 onwards from the mobile devices. Android devices like smartphones and tablets as well as Chromebooks are supported. The scan data can be sent as an xml file to a receiving email address from the mobile at the push of a button or time-controlled. Thus, the xml file with the scan data can then be read into the Asset.Desk database by the Asset.Desk Importer and displayed in the Manager for further processing. In the display in the manager, Android devices and Chromebooks are distinguished.

The iOS Scanner App reads out the hardware and software data from the mobile devices with iOS operating systems, as far as they can be read out. Supported are iPhones and iPads from iOS 8. The scan data can be sent as xml file from the mobile at the push of a button. The xml file with the scan data can then be read into the Asset.Desk database by the Asset.Desk Importer and displayed in the Manager for further processing.

The AIX agent reads the hardware and software data of AIX-based systems and servers from version 6. The Perl-based AIX agent can be installed and executed from the tracker on the target system via an SSH session. The scan data is returned in Asset Desk format via http(s) or Samba.

The Solaris for SPARC scanner reads hardware and software data from SPARC systems powered by Solaris. The Perl-based scanner can be installed and run from the tracker on the target system via an SSH session. The scan data is returned in Asset.Desk format via http(s) or Samba. Solaris version 10 or higher is supported.

The Solaris for x86 scanner is used to scan hardware and software data from Solaris-powered x86 systems. The Perl-based scanner can be installed and run from the tracker on the target system via an SSH session. The scan data is returned in Asset.Desk format via http(s) or via Samba. Solaris version 11 or higher is supported.

By inventorying virtual environments such as vCenter (VMware and ESXi) and Hyper-V, you get all the data about hosts, guest systems and storage structures you need to efficiently manage your datacenter hardware and software in Asset.Desk! In the case of vCenter, the VCenter SDK reads the data directly from the ESXi virtual environment, so you also get the hardware data from the ESXi physical host systems.

With the Cloud Scanner, resources from MS Azure and Google Cloud can be inventoried. In addition, the cloud scanner can be used to access purchased license plans, software products, and authorized users in the Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud. This gives you a complete overview of the current status of your software subscriptions and resources in the cloud in one system.

Azure Cloud Inventory
Your subscriptions are inventoried with the resources you use. You define in the tracker which subscriptions and which resources are to be scanned in detail. The scanned Azure resources are stored in the Asset.Desk central database and displayed in a tree structure in the Manager. In addition to the overview of all resources, the data of the virtual machines, app services, storage accounts and databases of your Azure Cloud environment are scanned.

Google Cloud Inventory
Your subscriptions (Projects) are inventoried with the corresponding resources. The scanned Google resources are also stored in Asset.Desk’s central database and displayed in a tree structure in the Manager. Specifically, data from virtual machines, app services, storages (buckets) and databases in your Google Cloud environment is scanned.

Office 365 Licensing
The cloud scanner always retrieves the current license plans you have subscribed to, the available services and the assigned authorized user accounts from the Office 365 cloud. Asset.Desk always shows you how many free cloud licenses still exist in your software subscription.

Adobe Creative Cloud Licensing
The cloud scanner retrieves the software products you have purchased, applications and services included, and their associated qualifying user accounts from the Adobe Creative Cloud. Asset.Desk also gives you an overview of the total and free cloud licenses of your software subscription.

Read out information:


Manufacturer, Type, Model, Hard Drives, CD/DVD, USB Devices, Floppy, Peripherals, Printers, Screens, Driver Data, Host / Domain Name, IP / IPv6 Address, DNS, Board, CPU, RAM-Slots / RAM, IDE/SCSI, Partitions, Bitlocker, Serial Numbers, Architecture Type (32/64 Bit), Cache Sizes, etc.



Installed software, software version, manufacturer, number of installed copies, files / packages, Microsoft Office, product key, product number, operating system, service packs, hotfixes, bios, and much more. Manufacturer, type, model, hard disks, CD/DVD, USB devices, floppy, peripherals, printers, screens, driver data, host / domain name, IP / IPv6 address, DNS, board, CPU, RAM slots / RAM, IDE/SCSI, partitions, bitlockers, serial numbers, architecture type (32/64 bit), cache sizes, and much more.

As a basis for:

  • Comprehensive IT asset management
  • License management; order and contract management
  • service management
  • Client Management (software distribution)

Tracker und Manager:

The basic product Asset.Desk essentially consists of
from two desktop programs and different services:


The “Tracker” recognizes and scans the computers in the network.
automatically at the touch of a button.

  • Computers in the network are “tracked down” (Discovery)
  • Access data is stored for access to servers and clients
  • Server and clients are scanned manually or automatically on a regular basis
  • Remote scan or/and agent scan


The “Manager” imports the scan data into the central asset database and offers comprehensive functions for automated IT asset management, license management, asset management and lifecycle of the entire target devices.

  • Database Management Console
  • Terminal server capable
  • One-time installation

Advantages at a glance:

  • Agentless IT inventory eliminates the need to interfere with your systems
  • Exclusion lists for objects that should not be scanned automatically
  • Import external data such as mobile phone lists or add data manually
  • Automated time control gives you access to current data at all times
  • Individual scan profiles for further details on individual scan runs
  • Online connections allow you to record all company locations and customers completely

Test Asset.Desk for free or purchase it directly!

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You are welcome to request a non-binding offer or a personal online demonstration.

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