When I select the "SYSTEM" entry in the inventory window, I would like to be able to see some additonal details, including Physical RAM (Bytes total).
Is there any way to insert an entry referencing that variable so it will display with my system overview, rather than having to switch to the "Memory" area (or other areas for additonal info I may want to include)?
I have tried adding an integer & using the %d MB as referenced in the "Memory --> Phycical --> Bytes total" selection, but it just shows as 0... not sure how to get it to scan for the correct RAM size...
What version and SP of LANDesk are you running?
Well without going into the DB and schema and all those scary parts of LDMS, I would suggest you take a look at the Inspector. I'm still trying to get my arms around it since it is very differnt then the other extenders and is all DB driven (one of it's weaknesses for me). But you should be able to, with a little reading, some SQL query skills, and some patience get what you want (e.g., a System tab with all the information you want to see). I think I will still use Jared's Extender and Inspector until HOPEFULLY they merge the both functionality into one tool.
With something like this, you'll have to be careful.
Custom fields are blocked by default to prevent database corruption. It can be unblocked of course (see link below). However, I'm not certain it can be copied down to the System field. It may only show up in the Computer--> Custom Data --> Registry --> LANDesk Custom Fields
It may not be the simple solution you are looking for based on it being an additional cost on top of management suite. However for your reference and for visibility of others looking for similar capability, the new LANDesk data analytics offering (previously managed planet) includes a map data feature which can copy inventory data attributes around between different inventory fields. You could copy the Computer.Memory.Physical.Bytes Total field to Computer.System.RAM Total using that feature and also it would allow you to normalise it where required to MB instead of Bytes or similar.
downloaded / installed the inspector but assuming I'll need some additional config - at present it only shows an empty box...
Trying to track down a copy of the console extender - is it free? FYI - I am using the Landesk Support Tools addin v8a also
Not sure if I am interested in fronting additional $ for the Managed Planet additions for just the one feature, & I don't really have a need for anything else that comes included at present, from what I can tell.
keeping in in teh back of my mind for future reference though
For some information you will need to install real time monitoring with your agent, for other information you can change xml's from the inspector as described here :
There are 2 console extenders, the first is in the support tools as you have installed, the other is a free plugin from managed planet that is free to use in their suite:
There is another way you could handle this without any plug-ins; not sure if it's right for you but I'll mention it anyway.
Don't forget you can use Custom Column configurations. This lets you choose which attributes are shown in the main console so that you don't have to drill further into the machine. Might be worth configuring and setting as your default column set.
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Great point Mark, dblansky if it is blank window you may be running this on a remote console without inspector loaded on the core. I let support know about this and I put a comment on the FAQ. Realtime Inventory is only used processes and services and such. I think Jared's solution for this is much better since I simply use it with sysinternal Plist.
Zman, Although far from being a fan of real time monitoring, the big advantage is that it uses local system for the service and process control. Console extenders use the logged in windows account, which in many cases with remote console's isnt an administrator... LANDesk should just provide a better and easier way to do this realtime desktop management from within the console with a more stable and faster agent functionality than what it uses now.
Good point however, I uses many of the sysinternals utilities that either allow for the use of the system account -s or any other account you use. My big disappointment with Inspector is the lack to call external scripts, utilities, etc... They should merge the functionality of the current extenders with Inspector. Not everything we want to Inspect lives in the DB. Example, I use Jared's extender when I want to run simple external scripts on a device without creating a packages, creating a scheduled task, adding it,and running it. Just RC and select the item - BAM - very simple very easy. Plus the customization of Jared's extender is so much easier with the gui. I realize that both are providing separate functionality but it would be great to merge them. Unfortunately i have to use both now.
I agree with you 110%, Zman. Unfortunately, not everything can be done with Sysinternal tools, but yes, it is a good workaround. I wish for an all-in-one solution from LANDesk too. As it is now, i use sometimes even 3 extenders... (!) The inspector which is very good for all DB related things, Jared's extender, which is great for running things on the client and MP's console extender for tools that run on the server and need more often multi-select, as multi-select in Jared's extender is unfortunately broken currently...