Yesterday I released version 2.2 of my network documentation tool, SYDI-Server. The new package contains some small fixes, but also a script which lets you audit local group memberships in all your computers. That is local machine specific groups, not domain local groups.
So what you’ll be able to do is to track down all your users running as local administrators, or just find strange groups which shouldn’t appear in your organization.
I’ve also launched a network documentation newsletter for SYDI. This will be my main information channel for SYDI and my writings about network documentation. According to many of its users SYDI is a great tool. I would say it’s a great tool for doing mundane tasks i.e. collecting and presenting information. What I’m saying is that you don’t really need the sydi-server script, it’s just that if you use it you spend 2 minutes compared to several hours. However there’s much more to network documentation than the data collected from sydi-server.
If you like SYDI and want to improve your network documentation be sure to sign up, the newsletter is as free as SYDI.
Though before you sign up you might want to grab the latest sydi-server.
Thank you for producing SYDI
Giovanni Coa says
Dear, I really think your Sydi will have to became the correct way a server or device have to be documented. I’m serious when I say that every software lack of auto-documenting feature that is a key point in today IT problems.
I would like to known if I can contribute as beta tester or any other way.
I have some questions about SYDI capabilities
Thank you for answering
1 Is there permission to manage the software? (yes/no)
2 Is there a read / write / delete access feature on the documentation files? (yes/no)
3 Is the history of file changes visible in the software? (yes/no)
4 File changes in the software can be tracked? (yes/no)
5 There is a possibility to retrieve the documentation up to 3 versions before? (yes/no)
6 Supports Office suite? (yes/no)
7 What is the software version evaluated? (version2/2)
8 What version of the app is being evaluated? (year)
9 OpenSource software? (yes/no)
10 Using the software for free? (yes/no)
11 The software has the ability to add multiple free sensors(nods)? (number)
12 Is there a possibility to create different categories in the software? (yes/no)
13 Which version of the SNMP protocol supports? (version)
14 What is the method of connecting to the software console? (web/desktop,…)
15 What is the programming language of the software?
16 What is a software database?
17 Is it possible to display the network equipment in the software? (yes/no)
18 Is there a port / interface display in the software? (yes/no)
19 Is it possible to display the physical connections of the port / interface in the software? (yes/no)
20 Is there a VLAN display feature in the software? (yes/no)
21 Is virtual server display in software? (yes/no)
22 What is the ability to update network changes automatically in the software? (yes/no)
23 Can I update / add information manually in the software? (yes/no)
24 Is there an option to update / add information from the standard file format in the software? (yes/no)
25 Is there an ability to update / add information from the network settings file in the software? (yes/no)
26 Is it possible to scan network equipment in the software? (yes/no)
27 Is there a port / interface scan in the software? (yes/no)
28 Is it possible to scan the physical connection details (such as speed, protocol, etc.) in the software? (yes/no)
29 Is there a way to scan different operating systems in the software? (yes/no)
30 Is it possible to scan virtual operating systems and virtual machines in the software? (yes/no)
31 Is there a way to scan storage devices in the software? (yes/no)
32 “Ability to scan peripheral devices (such as a network device, printer, scanner, etc.)
Is there an application? ” (yes/no)
33 Is there an ability to view assets, changes and their history in the software? (yes/no)
34 Is there a way to compare maps and software changes? (yes/no)
35 Exports to standard formats like XML in the software? (yes/no)
36 Export to Jpeg and PDF formats in the software? (yes/no)
37 Is the Export feature available in Visio format in the software? (yes/no)