The Inventory Manager regularly scans your Cisco switches and dynamically builds a ‘map’ of the IP network and the connected devices (e.g. phones, computers, laptops, printers). The inventory provides a sound baseline for customer-specific network management applications. The Inventory Manager is a server-based application which periodically can scan up to 10.000 different Cisco switches in a network.
Example: Cisco IP phone mapping for Single Sign-On
An example is the use of the Inventory Manager in certain customer-specific deployment scenarios of our ALM Single Sign-On application. In order to create a mapping between Cisco IP phones in the network and attached computers, laptops or thin clients, the Inventory Manager periodically scans the network and creates the mapping. This mapping ensures that each time someone starts his or her laptop, the right IP phone in the network is associated to that user.
This functionality is required when there is no direct LAN connection between the computers and IP Phones. But also when VDI, CITRIX, Container Based Virtualizations (CBV) or Remote Desktop Services (RDS) are used. Or when it is required to minimize the IP Phone detection time.
Deployment of the Inventory Manager
The Inventory Manager software is remotely deployed by one of our installation experts on a server in your IT domain. The installation covers a set of well-documented steps and typically takes no more than 30 minutes.