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Do you have a reliable system for tracking assets within your company? If you’re using a spreadsheet for this task (or worse, no system at all) you stand to benefit from using an asset tracking system like the GLPI application. GLPI gives you a single view of hardware and software assets in your company and allows you to:

  1. Maintain an accurate inventory of company assets
  2. Receive alerts on expiration of support contracts and software licenses
  3. Ensure proper software licensing compliance for an audit
  4. Generate a spreadsheet of assets to create a depreciation schedule
  5. Run basic help desk infrastructure within your organization
  6. Integrate with an existing user authentication system like LDAP
  7. Locate any item by various criteria like name, department or location

This tutorial is intended to give you the motivation and instruction you need to get started with GLPI. In the next twenty-five minutes we’ll run through the basics of GLPI using our fictitious lemonade stand company. We’ll use the JumpBox for GLPI to demonstrate the above capabilities and you’ll come away with an overview of the application and everything you need to get started using it within your own organization.

Below is the video, a time-coded table of contents, the widget to launch your own private instance and the backup file that contains the final state of the application used in the tutorial. Leave a comment if you have questions.

Time Topic
04:14 Orientation: purpose, goals, navigation basics
05:36 Create groups, users, associate w/ profile (permissions)
09:30 How the Quick add UI works
10:50 Authentication: where to integrate LDAP or ActiveDirectory
11:22 How to set a different language for interface
12:50 Add computers as an intern role
14:15 Using templates for adding similar items
16:47 Multi-param search to filter results
17:14 Exporting search results as CSV
18:09 Add software
18:42 Associate software to hardware
19:57 Add support contract and associate to a computer
21:07 Setting up an expiry alert on a support contract
Get the state of the system at the end of the tutorial [here](http://blog.jumpbox.com/images/2009/01/jb-glpi-110-glpi-32155dbee67c11dd80e6001c42392980-20090120154815.tgz).