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LANsurveyor features a database Repository for automatically gathering Neon Responder data to track hardware and software configuration changes on each system with a Neon Responder installed. LANsurveyor uses either Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (MSDE) or Microsoft SQL Server (either locally or across the network).
Step 1 of 2: Repository Installation
To install, configure and run the Repository, select Tools>Options and click on the Repository tab. Click the "Install Repository" button to begin the process.
You can either connect to an existing SQL Server or have LANsurveyor install a new database (MSDE).
If you choose to use an existing SQL Server installation, you must provide an administrator's login name and password (or a login with enough permissions to create a database and run the sp_addlogin stored procedure).
The most current installation instructions and links to supported MSDE software are available on the Repository Instructions [Directions for Downloading and Setting up the Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (MSDE)] website.
If you choose to install a new database, the next step in the wizard allows you to select your user name and password for this installation.
Once the Repository is successfully installed, the other options become available.
Step 2 of 2: Set Repository Options
Set the options appropriate for your environment, including how often LANsurveyor should collect asset data (Collect asset data every n days). If a node is unavailable for asset collection, LANsurveyor will attempt to Retry unresponsive nodes every n hours, based on your settings on the Repository tab.
If Always use Repository data when generating reports is selected, LANsurveyor will use Repository for all custom reports with Neon Responder data fields as well as the Software Inventory, Missing Software, and Hardware Inventory standard reports. LANsurveyor will never use the Repository for Backup Profiler, Software Meter, or Instant Information reports as these are real-time in nature.
If LANsurveyor fails to gather asset data within the given number of days, selecting Alert on unresponsive nodes will cause an alert to be sent for each missing node.