Linking assets to other assets or users

The ability to link assets to AD user groups, AD user OUs and local Windows users was introduced in Lansweeper 7.2. This release also added the ability to submit relation end dates. If you are using an older Lansweeper release and want to use all asset/user relation features, you will need to update by following the instructions in this knowledge base article.

Lansweeper allows you to link assets to other assets, Active Directory users, AD user groups, AD user OUs and local Windows users. It also allows you to define the asset/asset or asset/user relationship, the relation start date and relation end date. You can specify that asset A was borrowed by user X this month for instance and that asset B is backed up to asset C. If a relation's end date is older than today, the asset or user page grays out the relation to show its expired status.

There are a number of built-in relation types and you can create your own as well. Once you've created your relations, you can also report on them using built-in or custom reports in the Reports menu.

Linking one asset to another asset or user

To link just one specific asset to another asset or user, do the following:

  1. Browse to the asset's Lansweeper page and hit the Edit asset button on the left side of the web console, under Asset options
    Edit Asset button under Asset Options
  2. To define an asset/asset relation:
    creating asset-asset relation
    - Select a relation type from the fourth dropdown in the Asset Relations section of the page. If none of the relation types suit your needs, you can create a new one.
    - Choose Select asset... from either the third or fifth dropdown, depending on which asset (the source or the target) you want to base the asset relation on.
    - In the resulting popup window, tick the checkbox in front of the target asset of your choice and hit the Ok button. You can perform a search on one of the columns to easily find the asset you need.
    - Optionally, use the available input boxes to add a custom start date, end date and comment to the relationship. Hit the Add and then Save asset button afterwards.
  3. To define an asset/user relation:
    creating asset-user relation
    - Select a relation type from the third dropdown in the User / OU / AD group Relations section of the page. If none of the relation types suit your needs, you can create a new one.
    - Choose Select user, OU or AD group... from the fourth dropdown.
    - The resulting popup lists scanned AD users, AD groups, AD OUs and local Windows users, in several tabs. Select the user entry of your choice and hit the Ok button. You can filter and perform searches within the popup to find the user entry you need. If an AD user, group or OU is missing from the popup, make sure you've scanned it by following the instructions in this knowledge base article.
    - Optionally, use the available input boxes to add a custom start date, end date and comment to the relationship. Hit the Add and then Save asset button afterwards.

Linking multiple assets to another asset or user

To link multiple assets to another asset, user, group or OU, do the following:

  1. Click the Assets link at the top of the web console. You will be presented with a list of scanned assets.
    opening the Assets menu
  2. Tick the checkboxes in front of the assets you would like to link.
    adding relations to multiple assets
    - You can perform a search on one of the columns to easily find specific assets. In the example above, we filtered the Domain column to only list assets within the lansweeper domain.
    - You could also tick the checkbox at the very top to select all assets in the current search results.
  3. Hit the Add relations button on the left side of the web console, under Asset Actions
  4. Select a relation type from the Relation Type dropdown in the popup window. If none of the types suit your needs, you can create a new one.
  5. To define an asset/asset relation, hit the Select Asset button in the popup window, tick the checkbox in front of the target asset of your choice and hit the Ok button. You can perform a search on one of the columns to easily find the asset you need.
    adding asset relations to multiple assets
  6. To define an asset/user relation, hit the Select User, OU or AD group button in the popup window, select the user entry of your choice and hit the Ok button. You can filter and perform searches within the popup to find the user entry you need. If an AD user, group or OU is missing from the popup, make sure you've scanned it by following the instructions in this knowledge base article. Instead of choosing a specific user entry, you can also hit the Top Console User button. Lansweeper will then automatically determine for each Windows computer which user it should be linked to. Each Windows computer will be linked to the domain user with the most logins to the machine.
    adding user relations to multiple assets
    Top Console User only adds relations to Windows computers and only Windows computers that domain users have logged into.
  7. Optionally, use the available input boxes to add a custom start date, end date and comment to the relationship. Hit the Add Relation(s) button afterwards.

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