Node inventory


Rudder integrates a node inventory tool which harvest useful information about the nodes. This information is used by Rudder to handle the nodes, and you can use the inventory information for Configuration Management purposes: search Nodes, create Groups of Nodes, determine some configuration management variables.

In the Rudder Web Interface, each time you see a Node name, you can click on it and display the collection of information about this Node. The inventory is organized as following: first tab is a summary of administrative information about the Node; other tabs are specialized for hardware, network interfaces, and software for every Node; tabs for reports and logs are added on Rudder managed Nodes.

The Node Summary presents administrative information like the Node Hostname, Operating System, Rudder Client name, Rudder ID and Date when the inventory was last received. When the Node has been validated, some more information is displayed like the Node Name and the Date first accepted in Rudder.

The hardware information is organized as following: General, File systems, Bios, Controllers, Memory, Port, Processor, Slot, Sound, Storage, Video.

Network connections are detailed as following: Name of the interface on the system, IP address, Network Mask, usage of DHCP or static configuration, MAC address, Type of connection, Speed of the connection and Status.

And finally, you get the list of every software package present on the system, including version and description.

On Nodes managed by Rudder, the Compliance Reports tab displays information about the status of the latest run of Rudder Agent, whereas the Technical Logs tab displays information about changes for the Node.