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  writeHeader("Introduction to PMI");

PMI is built around two concepts: that of the <b>user</b>, and that of the <b>system</b>.<p>

A <b>system</b> is, primarily, a personal computer, workstation, or server. It has attributes like "processor" and "hard drive". However, you can represent other objects as systems; for example, a network printer. The key distinction is this: if it has a processor, memory, and/or an IP Address, it can be a system.<p>

To add systems to your inventory, you would want to first create "system types."<p>

Systems can be designated "spare" (ie, just sitting around, waiting to be used), "independent" (ie, shared by a department, or simply not belonging to anyone in specific), or they can be assigned to a user.<p>

A <b>user</b> is a person, such as yourself. Any user can be assigned a system. In this way, you can keep track of who is using what in your organization.<p>

<b>Peripherals</b> and <b>Software</b> can both be assigned to a system, or can be lying around as "spare" objects. As with systems, you will want to define "periperhal types" and/or "software types" before you can actually assign peripherals and software to a system.<p>

Peripherals can be just about any type of hardware you can think of: an extra hard drive, a monitor, a keyboard... whatever.<p>

Software is just that. You can have two types: "Operating System" and "Other". Examples of an Operating System: Windows 98, Windows 2000, Red Hat Linux, Etc. Systems can have more than one Operating system, if you wish. Non-operating systems are things like Antivirus Software, Microsoft Office, etc.<p>

PMI can help you track the number of legal licenses you have for each software type, if you wish. It will warn you when you have added too many instances of a software type, depending upon what kind of license you choose.<p>

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