Creating an Asset

FlexNet Manager Suite 2019 R1 (On-Premises Edition)

Different kinds of asset can have different properties; so we identify the type of asset to create before launching into its properties.

Tip: There are differences between a device asset, device, asset, and an inventory device. For more information, see the corresponding glossary entries in Glossary.

To create an asset:

  1. Navigate to Hardware Assets > Create an Asset.
    The Create an Asset page appears.
  2. Choose a value from the Asset type list.
    The first four of these types are computer assets (known as "device assets" in FlexNet Manager Suite, since they may be linked to inventory devices), and the remainder are non-computer assets (known as "non-device assets", which cannot have inventory gathered):
    • Laptop
    • Mobile Device
    • Server
    • Workstation
    • Cell phone
    • Chair
    • Desk
    • Monitor
    • Printer
    • Router
    • Switch
    • Telephone.
    Tip: After creation of the asset, you can update the asset type from one computer type to another, or from one non-computer type to another; but you can no longer switch from computer types to non-computer types, or vice versa.
  3. Click Continue.
    • Where possible, include the hardware serial number when you manually create an asset record. Later, when inventory is collected from a device with the matching serial number, that inventory device is automatically linked to the asset record. Even after several data imports, an asset might remain unlinked to the appropriate inventory device record (in other words, no matching serial number has been found). If this is the case, link it manually to the device by using the Linked inventory field.
    • The custom properties that you have added for this object are also available through the column chooser. Like other properties, you can also use these properties for filtering and grouping records on this page.
    • The Save view as feature of FlexNet Manager Suite enables you to create customized management views of a page by saving the applied user interface settings. For more information, see Creating Management Views.

    The asset properties page displays. For more information on completing the properties, see Asset Properties and subtopics with details about individual properties tabs.
Tip: There are other ways to start this process: for example, you can click Create an asset from any of these pages:
  • Inventory Issues
  • Out-Of-Date Inventory
  • Inventory without Assets
  • Active Inventory
  • Ignored Inventory
  • All Inventory
  • Device Assets Without Inventory
  • Device Assets
  • Non-Device Assets
  • All Assets
  • Any of the inventory device lists available through the Discovery & Inventory menu.
From any of these pages, you choose the asset type in a fly-down list that appears (instead of coming through the Create an Asset page). In these fly-down lists, you may see a smaller set of asset types appropriate to the different contexts.