Q & A for Evaluating and Using EZ Audit® PC Audit Software

The answer to "What's an easy, affordable tool to inventory my Windows PC software and hardware assets?"

 

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What is EZ Audit?

EZ Audit is an easy to use, comprehensive and privacy focused tool for computer inventory of software and hardware assets.

EZ Audit was first released in 2001 and used by over 18,000 corporate, academic, government, military and institutional users worldwide.


Can I try EZ Audit Free?

Yes, EZ Audit offers a free evaluation.

Download a free evaluation of EZ Audit.  You get the same full, in-house technical support while you try it out as you would as a registered user.

EZ Audit takes 10-minutes or less from download to ready-to-audit.


How do I deploy EZ Audit?

You don't in the usual sense the word 'deploy' means. 'Deploy' is a big project, with EZ Audit it's fast and easy.

Read the EZ Audit Quick Start Guide.

From download to ready-to-audit takes 10 minutes or less.

Nothing to install onto your server, no clients to push or install to your PCs. 

No changes to firewalls, no ports to open or reserve.

No databases to set up - in fact no databases whatsoever.

And if you have Azure, be it full cloud or mix of on-prem + Azure, we can work with that as well.



Do I have to create PowerShell scripts to get information?

No.

Even if you're a PS ninja, really who needs that extra work?

All configuration is point-and-click and takes seconds.


Do I need to install anything to the PCs I will be auditing?

Never.

Nor do you need to 'push' anything anywhere.

Nothing is installed or changed on PCs you audit.


Do I need to install anything on my server or run any services on it?

No.

You don't need to make any changes to your server and you can keep it as clean as it was out of the box.

Three easy steps to get started using EZ Audit - it takes just minutes.


Do I have to make changes to Remote Registry, change firewall settings or open or reserve ports any ports?

Never.

This alone makes EZ Audit safer and easier than any competing product.

EZ Audit does not need SNMP, Remote Registry, an Admin password or any port unblocking. 

In fact, we don't even send traffic back and forth across your LAN to perform our audits.


Does EZ Audit rely on WMI or reading the registry to get software and machine details to get the software data?

EZ Audit reads the whole hard drive on our Full Audits.  Competing products can't find what EZ Audit can find.  Period.  And don't worry, it's fast and has near-zero impact on the client. The image show a manual audit result.  When run invisible/silent, it would be about 5 x faster to complete.


We find all software, not just "installed" software, e.g. portable apps.  So an .EXE file copied into My Documents from a USB stick someone brought from home against policy is audited by EZ Audit.


How fast are audits using EZ Audit?

EZ Audit PC Inventories are blazing fast!

The image shows a manual audit result.  When run invisible/silent, it would be about 5 x faster to complete.

EZ Audit Full Audit


The Basic audit has what most users want and takes as little as 4 seconds to complete.

The Full Audit reads the system drive for program files and, if you chose, other types of system files (.SYS, .DLL, .OCX, etc), even VBS, .bat and PowerShell files.

You can have it read all drives on a PC or server, if you choose.

You can also inventory non-program files like DOCX, XLSX, PDF, video, images - pretty much whatever extensions you want.

It is truly a Full audit that will even find programs files copied, not installed, to a PC or server like portable apps.

Of course, the more you want us to inventory, the longer the audit can take, however it's very light-touch.

You can also set a delay from user logon before the audit starts so that all the stuff that happens has time to complete before the audit runs, such as antivirus updates, Google Chrome updates, etc.


If EZ Audit reads the hard drive for a Full Audit, won't that bog down our PCs?

No.  Really, that's the whole answer.


What's the load on our server likely to be?

How does zero impact sound? EZ Audit runs nothing on the server. (And if you've moved to Azure and servers in the cloud, that's especially good news.)

Nothing runs on your server. 

EZ Audit doesn't create traffic going out and back from your server unlike "discovery tool" types of audits.

We don't push out any agents. There are no databases anywhere unlike other audit tools that have their own SQL or other database on your server.


What kind of reports can I get?

Export to CSV, Excel, Access and HTML.  You can fine-grain what you get.  And it's 100% point-and-click.



Can I audit small branch offices that are not on our network or that haven't got the IT skills for that task? How about hybrid and WFH employee devices?

Yes! And it's a breeze for those remote users.

Learn more about EZ Audit Remote Audit.

And you also have the option to audit via USB stick: our audit module is a portable app.  Audit data are in individual files - no database at the audit end.  Just drop them into a folder, open the folder in the Admin Console, and it consolidates the audits.



Can I set what to audit and when?  What sort of control do I have over the process?

You're in control of all aspects of your audits with EZ Audit.

You can decide how often you want PCs audited – daily, weekly, etc.

You choose Basic or Full Audits, and on the latter you can add many program extensions SYS, OCX, VBS, etc.

Audit non-program files like DOCX, PDF, MP3 - your choice.

Or audit at any time with our EZ Audit On Demand tool


Does my audit data get sent anywhere?

EZ Audit is 100% private: Your data is yours, period.

Simple as that.  We don't get any information about your audits whatsoever.  If you've considered freeware, remember: nothing's free.  Your data is their income.

Zero telemetry and no cloud - all data is on your server, period. 

That's why EZ Audit has so many customers that operate in air gapped networks where security is paramount like nuclear power stations and military facilities.


How do I uninstall EZ Audit?

It's Easy, of course!

To remove it from your PC (where you installed it to)  go to Windows Control Panel > Programs and Features.  To remove the server-side items, read this.