Sun Inventory and inventory management
By Owen Allen on Jul 27, 2009
One of the features added in Sun xVM Ops Center 2.1 is a link to Sun Inventory. The link doesn't come with an explanatory banner, so I thought I'd talk a bit about what Sun Inventory can do for you.
Sun Inventory is a hosted service that displays your registered gear. To use it, you register your Enterprise Controller with Sun, which associates it with a Sun Online Account. Your registered gear is then associated with that SOA. This means that you have a secure hosted version of your inventory list that can be accessed from a browser, but is separate from Sun xVM Ops Center itself.
In addition to displaying your inventory list, Sun Inventory displays detailed information about gear, including serial numbers, manufacturing and shipping dates, EOL and EOSL dates, and contract and warranty data. You can also organize your inventory into groups (separate from those in Sun xVM Ops Center) and view news feeds about inventory-related topics.
You can access Sun Inventory in one of two ways. In Sun xVM Ops Center, you can access it in the Gear section. Select All Gear, then click Launch Sun Inventory in the Actions panel. Of course, since it's hosted, you can also access it through any browser at inventory.sun.com.