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Collecting Information about Windows 2000/XP Workstations without ZENworks Inventory Database

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By Humzah Khaial

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Posted: 11 Aug 2004

SOLUTION: Use Microsoft System Information (Msinfo32.exe), it provides a wealth of system information and diagnostics of the computer. Combined with ZENworks you have a centrally managed solution for collecting system information.


  1. Copy C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MSInfo folder to a shared folder on the network drives
  2. Create a ZENworks Application that runs \msinfo32.exe
  3. Specify parameters such as "/report <<pathname>/%COMPUTERNAME% /categories +systemsummary+SWEnvStartupPrograms" which creates a quick System Summary of the workstation

Refer to this site for more details on msinfo32.exe command line switches.

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