Comprehensive inventory of the entire decentralized infrastructure

In the course of a Microsoft license survey at the University of Zurich, Raynet was called in by its partner Insight to determine and provide complete transparency of all hardware and software of the entire decentralized client and server infrastructure.

The customer
The University of Zurich is one of the best research universities in Europe. With 9,200 employees and more than 25,000 students, it is Switzerland‘s largest university and offers a wide range of academic subjects.

Baseline situation
Due to a Microsoft license survey, the University of Zurich was faced with the challenge of setting up a complete client and server inventory within a given period in order to achieve complete compliance.

The infrastructure of the geographically spread faculties consists of decentralized networks in which the client and server systems are operated. In addition, the university has stand-alone devices that are self-sufficient and not connected to the network.

The solution
Raynet‘s inventory solution RayVentory is optimal for centralized and decentralized scanning and capturing of all IT landscapes and thus mastered all challenges to the fullest satisfaction.

After the creation of the rollout concept for the University of Zurich, RayVentory was first deployed to the various faculties by the IT managers of the educational institute via their own intranet in the decentralized networks. After a brief introduction, the IT staff at the respective university locations scanned the networks independently.

In order to discover all devices, Windows as well as non-Windows, different scanning methods have been used: With the Zero Touch option, a comprehensive software scan has already been performed without the need to install an agent on the target systems. The discovery of the end devices was initiated from central as well as decentral points to inventory all devices that were present in the network at that time.

In order to also capture the devices that are not permanantly connected to the network, further scans were planned in advance and triggered automatically at various times with the help of agent-based inventory.

In addition, some networks are located in an isolated environment and are not accessible from the outside. Since RayVentory is portable, the solution can be conveniently executed via a USB stick on the relevant target devices. The decentral determined data is stored on it and afterwards uploaded to the central server.

RayVentory performs a variety of tasks automatically, making it very intuitive for IT managers. In order to make the customer even more familiar with the inventory solution, a training-on-the-job was carried out parallel to the project.

Based on the inventoried data of all end devices, a compliance balance was then drawn up using Aspera‘s SmartTrack solution.

”Throughout the entire project we could rely on Raynet and their many years of experience. Together, we reached our goal in the shortest possible time and achieved high-quality results,“ says the project manager of the University of Zurich.

The Customer Advantages
During the entire project phase, both Raynet and the customer benefi ted from the continuous exchange. The feedback led to the development of new functions, based on the customer-specific requirements, and to their integration into the product.

The complete inventory of all end devices led to a complete license transparency. This enabled savings on licenses and at the same time prevented over- and underlicensing.

Conclusion
”Throughout the entire project we could rely on Raynet and their many years of experience. Together, we reached our goal in the shortest possible time and achieved high-quality results,“ says the project manager of the University of Zurich.

Shortfacts

> The University of Zurich was founded in 1833 as the first university in Europe by a democratic state.

> 12 Nobel Prizes have already been awarded to scientists at the University of Zurich.

> With over 25,000 students, the University of Zurich is the largest university in Switzerland.

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