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[K12OSN] Audit techniques? off-topic?

This might be swaying a little off-topic as it is only pseudo-relevant to linux machines, so move along if you are a major "Topic Lawyer".


Here's the deal: I am trying to work on an internal audit of hardware and software in my district so we will be prepared when the Giant of the North (inevitably?) comes knocking. I am curious what tricks any of you might have come up with to make the process of collecting information from computers go more quickly and smoothly. I have looked at software from Belarc and Lanauditor, which would be ideal, but are far too costly for my poor little school district; that money could buy a lot of books (or licenses for OS's for that matter...).
I am considering putting together a web-driven database system using filemaker (I would use SQL, but I don't think I know it well enough to get it running in the relatively small timeframe I have for this project), but that still means a lot of manual entry. I have found a program called FreshDiagnose which will suck out all the information about the computer, but it doesn't put store it in a particularly useful format, and I wonder if it might end up being more work than manual entry.

-Thanks for any suggestions-

Tech Support Specialist
Fern Ridge School District
Elmira, OR

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