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Cloud Inventory

Cloud Inventory is a system whereby an organization can inventory their cloud-based assets in the same way they would traditionally label and track conventionally deployed assets. Cloud Inventory is managed through Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) or Intune for client-side items, and PowerShell DSC for server/VM level items.

It allows organizations to inventory their cloud assets in the same way they would their traditional assets. This gives organizations insight into all of their inventory, including cloud instances that are provisioned using Azure Automation DSC, AWS CloudFormation, or other cloud orchestration platforms. The Cloud Inventory system consists of three parts: client inventory, server inventory, and reporting.

Cloud base inventory is inventory for any cloud platform that uses a Cloud Management Platform (CMP), such as Azure Automation, AWS CloudFormation, or OpenStack. The client system gets inventory from the platform via a web service. This includes items created as part of an Azure Automation DSC configuration, AWS CloudFormation stacks, or OpenStack instances. To get inventory from these cloud platforms, you need to use PowerShell DSC.

Field Inventory Management is inventory for a piece of hardware or software that is registered with the client, such as a DHCP server. The client system gets inventory from the management platform via a web service. Asset inventory is items within the system like IP addresses, email distribution lists, SQL clusters, or user accounts. It is managed through Configuration Manager or Intune. The client system pulls inventory from the Configuration Manager or Intune server.

Configuration Manager uses the client-side inventory to give organizations insight into their mix of on-premises, traditional cloud, and Azure Automation DSC clouds. For example, you can use Configuration Manager to determine whether a server is in Azure or on-premises. You can also use Configuration Manager to find all of your cloud resources, even if they are provisioned by other cloud management platforms. Read this article for related information.


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