Custom assets

Adding custom assets

Custom assets can be added to your Network tree manually by using the Add custom asset feature. This allows to create new assets in your Storage, even if they don’t have a network interface (e.g. monitors, tablets, webcams). As a result, viewing and building reports becomes possible for both custom and automatically created assets.

Follow these steps to add a custom asset:
  1. Click the Add custom asset  button above the Network tree (or in the context menus of your Storage root node or any asset group);
  2. In the new window, specify the asset’s type and name;
  3. If necessary, fill in the values for common fields and add special fields.
A new asset will appear marked within the Network tree: It’s possible to save and load special field presets by clicking Save preset as… and Load preset buttons in the Adding new custom asset window.

You can manually add the network interface information in the properties of a custom asset and attempt to scan it, but whatever the result of its scan (successful or not), no more information will be added to the asset.

This is because scan snapshots cannot be merged with custom assets. Therefore, even if the new snapshot has exactly the same main fields as the custom asset, it will be added as a new node in the network tree.

Cloning custom assets

To add a large number of identical assets you can use the Clone asset button (by right-clicking any custom asset on your network tree).
Enter the number of copies you need and press OK

The copies you make will appear in the Network tree as follows:

Adding custom assets from file

The Add custom assets from file option allows you to perform a quick import of a whole list of assets or IP addresses to your Network tree.
To add custom assets from file, right-click your storage root node or any asset group node, and then click the corresponding button:

It’s possible to import from a text file (*.txt) only.
The file should contain only one asset name or IP address per line.
For example, the following list of names:
…will appear in the Network tree in this way:

Converting non-scanned assets to custom assets

The Convert to custom asset option allows you to transform an asset that couldn’t be scanned by any method into a custom asset. As a result, you can avoid scan error alerts.

To convert an asset, right-click any non-scanned asset in the Network tree and choose Convert to custom asset:

The asset will be displayed and marked within the Network tree.

Conversion does not bring any changes to the information fields or properties of assets.