Network Audit / Technology Assessment Software for Windows workstations

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Hello, We are searching for a tool that will allow us to perform a scan of a businesses network from inside their network to help identify trouble spots. We need to scan approximately 400 devices. Primarily Windows workstations. The information we’d like to obtain is:
  • IP of Device
  • Operating System Version (Windows XP vs. Windows 7, for example)
  • Manf. Date of Device
  • Anti-virus installed?
  • Anti-virus out of date?
  • NIC Type (Gigabit or 100mbs)
We are performing a preliminary assessment and are thus not yet ready to deploy a remote monitoring tool which is designed to operate on an on-going basis. I know that this tool, complete with clients on each workstation could provide us with the the information we’re seeking. For our initial assessment - we’re looking for a clientless solution. QUESTIONS:
  1. Can we get the information we’re seeking without a client?
  2. We will have administrator access to any on-premise servers but are not yet aware of the OS’s. Can we get it using this?
  3. Can you recommend a product or tool that would accomplish our needs?
Thank you for your advice!

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The IP and OS are definitely fetchable (though the OS is a bit more finicky as its only based on fingerprints, so you have a chance of invalid data).

The NIC type might be possible, but would require stress testing the network.

Getting any software information like anti-virus status is impossible unless you find an exploit or it phones home and you mimmick that.

Note that a lot of this is possible if a client is installed that you can connect to and fetch the info.  This is assuming that is not possible.

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  • elison
    if you have the administrator rights on all 400 hosts you may get the information via WMI, you just need to make some settings.
    There are a lot of programs that allow to get the information on antivisuses, OS, IP, etc via WMI, without installing special clients.
    For example this one
    However it can perform the inventory of all  the software and hardware, installed on the remote PCs that you may not need.
    I Just gave an example
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