After agents are deployed on managed computers, they inventory software and hardware on a regular 22-hour cycle. During this cycle, the agents contact the Management Server to synchronize updates and to send the collected inventory. Users can then view that data in the System Center Essentials 2007 console. Along with the inventory data, Essentials 2007 also displays other important information about the managed computer, such as alerts and update compliance.
Administrators can use inventory data to monitor the health of individual managed computers, diagnose problems, evaluate the need for specific updates or for specific software, and evaluate hardware upgrade requirements in the organization.
The inventory information includes the following details about managed computers:
- Operating system, including service packs
- Disk space usage
- Installed software
- CPU performance