Snipe-IT : an Overview

Snipe-IT : an Overview
Written by Nilima PaulDecember 20, 2021
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In this article, we will know about Snipe-IT an overview.

What is Snipe-IT?

Snipe-IT is an open-source cloud-based software for IT assets management. This software offers an SLA uptime guarantee of 99.99%. Snipe-IT provides the ability to track licenses, hardware assets, consumables, and accessories. Snipe-IT offers speed and reliability with servers located in multiple locations around the globe. Currently, their servers are located in Oregon, N. Virginia, Sao Paulo, Ireland, Frankfurt, Singapore, and Sydney. Snipe-IT is offered in a free version and a hosted version. You can deploy the same software regardless if it is self-hosted or through paid hosting. However, with the paid version, users don’t need to worry about maintenance, upgrades, and security. Snipe-IT supports Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. It can be integrated with optical scanners such as barcode and QR code readers, as well as LDAP and Active Directory. Snipe-IT also supports two-factor authentication using Google Authenticator.

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Snipe-IT Benefits

The main benefits of Snipe-IT are easy asset management, handling of user permissions, and secured user accounts and access.

Snipe-IT is an open-source, cloud-based asset tracking software that enables businesses to manage their IT assets more efficiently. The benefits of using Snipe-IT are discussed below:

Easy asset management

Snipe-IT allows for easy asset management. Users can view which assets are assigned, to whom they were assigned, and where they are physically located.

With just one click, you can check the assets back into the inventory or just click through to see its complete history. Custom status labels, on the other hand, lets users indicate whether an asset is undeployable, deployable, archived, pending, or any status that is appropriate.

Handle super admin to granular permissions

Snipe-IT also provides user management functionality. This allows granting of user access to reports and requests with every user profile showing complete activity details.

There are two privileged user account tiers in Snipe-IT: admin and super admin. There are also granular permissions that can be granted to other users.

Secured user accounts and access

Snipe-IT software provides users with options to secure user accounts and access including two-factor authentications, one-way password hashing, encrypted fields, option to enforce HTTPS-only cookies, and more.

Snipe-IT Features

Asset Management

Easily see which assets are assigned, to whom, and their physical location. Check them back into inventory with one click, or click through to see the asset's complete history. Seeing what assets are currently deployed, pending (brand new awaiting software installs, out for repair), ready to deploy, or archived (lost/stolen, or broken) is quick and easy.

  • Easily see which assets are assigned, to whom, and their physical location
  • One-click checkin
  • Asset Models let you group common features
  • Require User Acceptance (End-User EULAs/Terms of Service) on Checkout
  • Email alerts for expiring warrantees and licenses
  • Integrates with most handheld barcode scanners and QR code reader apps
  • Quick and easy asset auditing
  • Add your own custom fields for additional asset attributes
  • Easily import and export assets
  • Generate QR code labels for easy mobile access and labels
  • Assets marked as requestable can be requested by a user
  • Assets retain full history including checkouts, checkins and maintenance
  • Optional digital signatures on asset acceptan

General Features

  • Mobile-friendly for asset updates on the go
  • Runs on Linux, Windows or Mac
  • Web-based software so it works on any device
  • Slack notification integration for checkin/checkout
  • Automated backups
  • REST API
  • Translated into several languages for easy localization
  • One-click (or cron) backups
  • Custom reports

Security Features

  • Minimum user password length enforcement
  • Two-Factor authentication (with Google Authenticator)
  • Brute-force prevention
  • Securely hashed password storage
  • Prevent common passwords
  • Password complexity options
  • Encrypt custom fields for extra security

User Management

Grant users access to reports, or even let them request assets that are available. Perfect for loaning out test devices. Each user profile shows their compelete history including assets, accessories, consumables and licenses.

  • Import users from CSV
  • Import/Login through Active Directory/LDAP
  • Bulk user actions to make management easy
  • Assignable user roles offer different levels of access
  • Easily generate strong passwords through the UI

Custom Status Labels

There are lots of reasons why an asset may be undeployable or archived. They may be out for repair, out for diagnostics, lost or stolen, or flat-out busted. You have complete control over the labels you create for assets.

End-User EULAs/Terms of Service on Checkout

Reminding your users that they are responsible for the assets you give them can reduce repairs and “lost” assets by 20% or more. Snipe-IT lets you require a user to confirm acceptance of your EULA and receipt of the asset. You can use a default EULA for your entire organization, or different EULAs based on asset category. EULAs support Github-flavored markdown.

Software Licenses

You get the same quick access with licenses, too. We’re working on making this even better, by letting you smartly handle multi-pack licenses with ease. Enable email alerts to get an email when your licenses are expiring.

Accessories & Consumables

Some things are important to track, but may not warrant their own asset tags and labels. Accessories let you track things like keyboards and computer mice so you know how many you have on-hand, and who has the ones that have been given out. Items like printer ink and copier paper all add up, and it's inconvenient to run out. Track your consumables using Snipe-IT, too!

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