Collect Hardware & Software Inventory

PDQ Inventory uses collections to make it easy to manage the computers you are interested in. Each collection represents a set of computers and each computer can belong to more than one collection at a time. Using collections makes collecting software inventory and hardware inventory on your computers versatile to your needs.

The types of collections:

Collection Type Description
 All Computers This collection always contains all of the computers that have been added to the database.
 Dynamic Dynamic collections are populated by computers that match a set of collection filters. The membership is dynamically updated as inventory or filters are changed.
 Static Membership in a static collection is handled manually so that computers can be added or removed from collections and they will stay there regardless of their inventory.
 Active Directory These collections are automatically generated and populated with the computers that have been scanned in them.  They mirror your Active Directory layout and cannot be renamed, deleted, or moved.  They will be added and removed automatically by PDQ Inventory.
 Collection Library Available to Enterprise mode only, these collections make it easy to see which computers have out-of-date populations or run times. Collections in the Collection Library are kept up-to-date by our team and updated in PDQ Inventory regularly.

Collections can be nested in one another to create a hierarchy to match whatever organizational structure you wish.

Drill Down Collections

When dynamic collections are nested inside other collections they can be treated as drill down collections. A drill down collection bases its filters on the computers in its parent so that the child collection narrows down the computers on its parent. An example would be a Servers collection containing all servers with a child collection filtering only computers with Microsoft Office. The drill down child collection will only show the servers with Microsoft Office even though there are workstations in the database with Office.

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