Track Changes with the What's Changed Reports

Asset Manager Baselines and the associated reports are a powerful way to track changes to installed software and hardware across your organization. The following is an example of how you can detect a new piece of software has been installed and the method used for generating the desired report.

  1. If you have not done so already, complete an inventory of your test machine.

As with the exercise earlier in this guide, you can use the right-click options to Inventory Now.

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  1. When the inventory is complete, select Asset Management | Baselines.

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  1. Click the Add button on the Manage Baselines dialog.

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  1. Give the new baseline a descriptive name that reflects the date or the current status.

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  1. Install a new application or uninstall an existing one on your test machine.

For this example, we install the Acrobat Reader to our test system, since it did not exist during step 1.

  1. Take another inventory of your test machine.

Now it's time to generate the report.

  1. Select the What's Changed - Software Summary from the options with the image\icon_asset_rpt.gif icon in the toolbar or from the Reports menu.

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Tip!    For this example, we are looking at software changes. You could also use the What’s Changed – Hardware Summary to capture changes to the operating system and hardware.

  1. On the Change Report Options dialog, use the drop-down list to choose the baseline that you created. Use the current status as the end baseline.

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  1. Click OK to run the report.

Prism displays the What’s Changed report, listing the number of associated license units that have changed between the first and second inventory scan. This report can be customized by rearranging columns and adding or removing the default fields.

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Asset Manager’s Baselines, coupled with the What's Changed reports, let you capture detailed information and changes in your managed environment—both from a software and hardware perspective.