IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Spiceworks review

Keeping track of your IT infrastructure doesn't have to be expensive or complicated as Karl Wright discovers.

Keeping a small business network running is a demanding job. Unless you remember to check all the event logs regularly, it's easy to let something important slip. What's required is one place where you can see everything you need to know about your network, and make any necessary changes to its configuration.

ITPRO_Value

Spiceworks is a free browser-based network management and administration program. It provides the user with a single dashboard from which he or she can inventory, monitor and troubleshoot the network.

When you first install it, Spiceworks scans your network. It checks Active Directory, does a NetBIOS scan and pings the addresses in your specified IP range. It took us a fair bit of fiddling with the firewall to get all the devices on our network inventoried, and even then our locally attached printer wasn't found. This was a bit odd, given that it was attached to the PC Spiceworks was installed on.

Once it has its inventory, though, Spiceworks is refreshingly intelligent in the way it uses your information. For instance, wherever it can it will identify a client PC's make and model. It will then automatically link that PC's entry to the driver download page on its manufacturer's website. It will also show you the machine's spec, the programs that are installed on it, the amount of disk space free and so on.

Building and updating an inventory, though, is really only the beginning. Spiceworks monitors the network and warns you when alerts come in. So when there's a security alert, a PC is behind on its updates or even when a printer runs low on toner, you'll know about it. And when a problem does arise, you can troubleshoot it from within Spiceworks too.

Featured Resources

Three ways manual coding is killing your business productivity

...and how you can fix it

Free Download

Goodbye broadcasts, hello conversations

Drive conversations across the funnel with the WhatsApp Business Platform

Free Download

Winning with multi-cloud

How to drive a competitive advantage and overcome data integration challenges

Free Download

Talking to a business should feel like messaging a friend

Managing customer conversations at scale with the WhatsApp Business Platform

Free Download

Recommended

WatchGuard finds malware volume decreased in Q2, but warns Emotet is resurging
malware

WatchGuard finds malware volume decreased in Q2, but warns Emotet is resurging

28 Sep 2022
What is subnetting?
Network & Internet

What is subnetting?

28 Jul 2022
Server virtualisation: What is it and what are the benefits?
virtualisation

Server virtualisation: What is it and what are the benefits?

25 Jul 2022
Rogers Communication to invest C$10 billion in AI, oversight following outage
business transformation

Rogers Communication to invest C$10 billion in AI, oversight following outage

25 Jul 2022

Most Popular

How to secure your hybrid workforce
Advertisement Feature

How to secure your hybrid workforce

23 Sep 2022
Vodafone UK confirms talks to merge with Three are underway
mergers and acquisitions

Vodafone UK confirms talks to merge with Three are underway

3 Oct 2022
What your hybrid workforce needs from their laptops
Advertisement Feature

What your hybrid workforce needs from their laptops

21 Sep 2022