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Tools for Sysadmin - Managing IT Assets the Right Way

Managing IT Assets: Where do I begin? In the previous write-up, I looked at IT asset management from a bird’s eye view. Below, we will dive into the tools and techniques for managing IT assets from a technical perspective. Which tool is the most important one to have? First and foremost, what you need to have is knowledge. This naturally includes the actual knowledge of your profession, but also knowledge of the resources and environments you have to work in. IT asset management, in a minimal technical sense, should answer these questions: What do you have? How can it be accessed? Where is it? What does it do? Access is a wider, more sensitive question; documenting access procedures with passwords and pin codes is not something that should be done as an asset management function, or even be considered. On the other hand, it’s good to keep in mind while finding out what you have: are there access methods or routes that shouldn’t be there?

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