Inventory Management System Overview

This chapter provides an overview of the Junos Scope Inventory Management System you use to keep track of changes to devices on the network as they occur. The Inventory Management System keeps track of items installed in devices, such as hardware, software components, and feature licenses.

The Inventory Management System scans for inventory items in real time or as part of an existing scheduled operation, and stores the inventory records in the Junos Scope database. For more information about scanning the device inventory, see Scanning Inventory Data.

The Inventory Management System can generate predefined inventory reports from the stored inventory records, or you can define your own report formats. You can save custom inventory reports, including user-specified definitions and controls. Reports are saved in the Junos Scope database, where all Junos Scope users can view them.

An Inventory Management System Demo lets you view and manipulate sample inventory reports so you can practice and learn the full potential of the system before scanning real production inventory data.

The Inventory Management System displays reports in a browser using HTML, and can also be exported to Extensible Markup Language (XML), Comma-Separated Values (CSV) text, Adobe PDF, and Microsoft Excel formats. For more information about the Inventory Management System report, see Using Inventory Reports.

An external inventory application can connect to the Inventory Management System database and extract inventory data, such as hardware, software, licensed features, and inventory scan events from the database by way of a Structured Query Language (SQL) interface. A unique username and password must be configured during the Junos Scope software installation to enable read-only access to the Inventory Management System database. For more information about extracting Inventory Management System data, see Exporting Inventory Management System Data.

You must have one of the following access privilege levels to use the Inventory Management System:

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