Vector Keeps Track of Equipment

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2004-04-26 Print this article Print

Vector Networks' PC-Duo Asset Management Bundle is a cost-effective way for IT managers to track hardware and software via Windows desktops.

Vector Networks PC-Duo Asset Management Bundle, which started shipping last month, is a cost-effective way for IT managers to track hardware and software via Windows desktops.

I used the PC-Duo bundle, available through an annual subscription for about $12 per user per year (depending on the number of users), to track my lab equipment neatly and distribute software applications.

The combo inventory system and software distribution tool makes it easy for IT managers at small and midsize operations to get the right number of software licenses. I think PC-Duo is worth consideration by IT managers who need a straightforward desktop asset management tool.

The PC-Duo system comes with a trouble- ticket utility, which enables small companies to get just about everything they need for desktop management, including remote control. I thought the software metering module was slightly more difficult to use than other parts of the bundle, but metering is one of the last things most IT managers need to implement in a small shop because the asset tracking system is more than adequate to monitor software usage.

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Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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