E-Z Audit Quick Start Guide

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Getting Started with ezaudit

Start PC audits via network inventory in 10 minutes or less.

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Updated 22-08-2020

How do I inventory PCs on a network? Here's how with E-Z Audit.

Our Users Guide details how to run automatic or on-demand audits, create point-and-click reports, find software and much more using E-Z Audit.

This Quick Start Guide, below, details how to run automated audits from your network using a scheduled task using Windows Group Policy.

E-Z Audit does not require that you open or reserve any ports nor make any changes to your firewall.

There are no PowerShell or VBScript you need to write, and no changes are required to your existing logon scripts using the recommended method in this QSG.

It takes effect for all users when they next log in to your domain.

NOTE: If you prefer to add our audits to your logon script, here's how to add E-Z Audit to your logon script. All our command line information for E-Z Audit automated audits are here.

If you're not ready to make any changes to anything on your network and want to see what you can do with E-Z Audit you can audit PCs and servers via a USB stick.  Read this for how to set up a USB stick.

You can then copy those audits into a folder on your PC or a server and open them from E-Z Audit.

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Estimated time to perform these tasks: under 10 minutes.

Step 1

Create a folder and subfolder on a server all your users can access. Typically that would be your domain server, but it doesn't need to be.

Example: If user files are in the D: drive, create D:\ezaudit\audits. That would translate to \\servername\ezaudit\audits.

Share the folders to a Users Group all users belong to. Typically that would be Domain Users, but it doesn't have to be.

Step 2

Next you run the E-Z Audit Configuration tool from the Admin Console > Tools tab.

There you can enter what you want to audit and how often as well as where to save the audits.

Put the location you just created and shared, so: \\servername\ezaudit\audits as where to run the audits from.

Save the configuration to the \\servername\ezaudit folder.

The tool will move the audit module files to the location for you.

As an advanced topic for later, you can have multiple configuration files for different purposes, but for now, all you need is the one configuration file.

Step 3

The last step is to automate the audits.

There are two choices, and we'll start with the fastest and easiest to do (and, we hope not, but) undo.

Create a scheduled task for all users via Group Policy:

Fire up gpmc.msc (not gpedit.msc) and do the steps as shown below:

Right-click the selection as shown and select Edit:

Go to User Configuration > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Scheduled Tasks.

Right-click Scheduled Tasks, select New and choose "Scheduled Tasks (at least Windows 7)"

Start creating the task as shown:

Click Apply and Ok out. That's It!

Final note: You may want to remote into the server and do a GPUPDATE/FORCE at a command prompt to jog it to life right away.

If you prefer you can use a logon script to automate your audits