I’m getting ready to migrate my Spiceworks installation to a new system and thought I’d use this as an opportunity to investigate how to improve its performance. In the process, I stumbled onto this article – could be useful:
Some other steps I suggest:
- If you use Active Directory, take the time to audit it, looking for old user and computer records, as these will pollute your Spiceworks inventory
- Once you’re done with #1, audit the existing inventory in SW itself – look for scan errors, items that haven’t been successfully scanned in a long time and records that have less-complete-than-they-should-be records.
- Tweak your alerts – taking the time to get them set up just right can be a good “peace of mind” move (consider having all alerts sent to your mobile device by sending to the appropriate email address)
- Take the time to get ALL of your vendor info into SW – this is a pain but is worth it further down the line. Be sure to take advantage of the ability to attach documents (like contracts) to those vendors.
- Similarly, take advantage of the customizable “Tools” menu to add links to all of those other sites you rely on manage your systems; having them centrally-located (in SW) is a real timesaver.
For me, the name of the game with a lot of this information centralization is the old “hit by a bus” plan – how easy will it be for someone to fill in your shoes if you ever get hit by a bus? If you’re doing your job right then all of the core IT-related info is (properly) accessible to the right person.
Plus it’s just smart to have this info collected together.