The Hardware section allows definition of Hardware components like specific CPUs, Hard-drives and other such hardware. Once defined under the Hardware section, an Hardware Component Model is defined, Say "Intel Pentium 2" processor. This object can be then associated with a Computer, a User or a Location - creating an instance of this hardware component under the main object.
Defining such hardware like the CPU above, just declares a generic model of the hardware. When associating the hardware model to an object (as said above: Computer, User or Location), the model is then instantiated, and is given version information, serial number, purchase information and more - which are all unique to the actual hardware installed. In this manner, an instantiation of the " Intel Pentium 2" CPU from above can be: "Intel Pentium 2 - 450Mhz" with a specific Serial Number and so forth.
Keep in mind that when defining hardware in this section, you are only specifying model types, and not actuall (physicall) components).
Hardware is also categorized by Hardware Groups (called "Hardware Types"). These are the generic super-groups of hardware: CPUs, VGA-Cards, Printers and so forth. It makes it easier to browse through the hardware when categorized to these groups, as you will see below. "Hardware Types" can be defined and modified by the Admin using the "Manage Types" menu.
When accessing the Hardware Menu (or when pressing the "Show Hardware List" toolbar button, you will first get a small listbox requesting to choose which hardware type to display. You can choose to show a specific type, or all types together. Clicking the "Go" button will display the desired hardware list. The type listbox will appear on top of the list to allow you to switch to other types when desired.
The Hardware screen support be basic operations to manage hardware: