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SYDI (Script Your Documentation Instantly) is an open source project which goal is to help system administrators to document their networks. The files released by the project are hosted at SourceForge.
SYDI is built around scripts which can target computers running the Windows and Linux operating systems. The Windows scripts are written in VBScript while the Linux script is written in the Python programming language.
Each script has two basic functions; Collecting and Reporting. After targeting a system the script collects information from the target and then writes the output to an XML file or a Microsoft Word document.
SYDI is licensed under the BSD License.
As of version 2.0, SYDI consists of four separate script packages, each of which target specific operating systems or applications.
SYDI-Server is the most developed script within the SYDI project. It is used to document Windows servers or clients. It collects information with Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and by reading the Windows registry. SYDI-Server finds basic hardware settings, installed software, domain membership, network settings etc.
SYDI-SQL is used to document Microsoft SQL (MS SQL) Servers. Information is gathered by using SQL queries against the target server.
SYDI-Linux is the least developed package within the SYDI project. Information is gathered by reading various files on a Linux system. SYDI-Linux focuses on documenting the Gentoo Linux distribution. Unlike the other SYDI packages this is not able to write Microsoft Word documents, however the XML file created can be converted into an OpenOffice document.
SYDI-SMS is an offshoot of the SYDI project. It was created by a Microsoft MVP to document his System Management Server 2003 unlike the other Microsoft-based SYDI packages, this script only create a Word document.
SYDI-SCCM is an offshoot of the SYDI project. It was created by a Microsoft MVP to document his System Center Configuration Manager 2007 unlike the other Microsoft-based SYDI packages, this script only create a Word document. This version will document most of CM12 too.
SYDI-SCCM is an offshoot of the SYDI project. It was created by a Microsoft MVP to document his System Center Configuration Manager 2012 unlike the other Microsoft-based SYDI packages, this script will only create a Word document. This version will document most of CM12 too.