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Function description

This utility is used to import objects from CSV files into Asset Management. The utility uses Object Templates from AM during import.

CSV file structure

The CSV file must have a semicolon as the value separator. The first line must contain the column names:

Column Description
Class or Species The name of the type of the imported object.
SwProfile The software profile of the computer object. The values specified in this column must match the names of existing software profiles. If the value is blank, the computer's software profile is set to "All software is allowed".
NodeId The unique number of each object in the AM (can be displayed on the Child Objects tab, or in the Object Lists window). If the NodeId column is used in the -keyfields parameter and there is no value in the NodeId column, a new object is created. If an object with a specific NodeId does not exist in the database, a warning is issued and the object is not updated or a new object is created.
<property name> The name of any object property in Asset Management (e.g., "Purchase Date").

We recommend using UTF-8 encoding (byte order mark is required).

Command line syntax

ImportUtil -input name of input CSV file {-conn connection string | -server name of database server -db name of database} [-class object type] [-separator column separator used in CSV file] [-keyfields identification column[,identification column ...]] [-parentnodeid NodeId] [-import] [-force]

Parameters description

Parameter Description
-class Using this parameter, you can specify the type of object in the input data (e.g. -class Monitor).
This parameter is mandatory if the source file does not contain a Type or Class column. If the input file contains the Type column and the -class Class parameter is specified object kind, only rows that have a matching entry in the Type column with object kind are included in the import.
These parameters are used to set the connection to the Alvao database. It is possible to use a connection string (e.g. -conn Data source=.\sqlexpress;Initial Catalog=test;Integrated Security = True;TrustServerCertificate=True), or simply specify a specific SQL server and DB (e.g. -server .\sqlexpress -db test).
In case you use the -server parameters and -db, the database connection is made using Windows Integrated Authentication. If you specify all these parameters, only -conn is used parameter, -server and -db will be ignored.
-datetimeformat Date format in text strings (e.g. dd/MM/yyyy). If the parameter is not specified, the format is automatically detected during conversion. A detailed description of the possible formats can be found in MSDN.
-separator Using this parameter, you can specify the column separator used in the imported CSV file. E.g., -separator ","
-force If used, the data is imported into the database even if there is an error in one of the entries. Without it, any error will cause no record to be imported.
-import If used, the data is imported into the database, otherwise only the validity of the import is checked.
-input Used for specifying the path and name of the input CSV file (e.g. em D:\import\import.csv)
-keyfields Parameter used to identify and update existing objects. The specified columns together form a unique identifier (e.g. -keyfields Serial number, Model). If the identifier does not correspond to any item in the database, a new object is created in the Read Objects folder or in the folder specified by the -parentnodetid parameter.
If the NodeId column (-keyfields) is used to identify NodeId), no other columns can be used in the parameter. See the description of the NodeId column for more information.
-parentnodeid Create new objects as child objects under the object with ID: NodeId.
You can find out the NodeId value in the AM Console on the Assigned Objects tab. by displaying the system NodeId column, or in the database in the tblNode.intNodeId table.
-scrapped If used, the assets in the scrapped asset are also searched for and updated on import.
The following is a list of errors that are ignored when using the -force parameter and do not cause the entire import to fail.

Errors counted in the result as skipped records:

  • Multiple objects with a key value occurring in columns selected by the -keyfields parameter. For more information on the -keyfields parameter, see above.
  • Nonexistent template in the database for an object in the file. For more information, see the -class parameter above.
  • Duplicate records in the input file.

Characters counted in the result as failed records:

  • An error when creating an object according to an object template, including the template for the computer report that is used when creating an object with the Computer object kind.
  • Error when updating an object in the database.

Examples of use

ImportUtil.exe -input import.csv -server .\sqlexpress -db AlvaoSample -separator ","

This command checks the validity of the import.csv file format in the current directory against the AlvaoSample database at local SQL Server.

ImportUtil.exe -input import.csv -server .\sqlexpress -db AlvaoSample -import

This command imports data from the import.csv file into the strong database. AlvaoSample on the local SQL Server. In AM Read Objects folder, the corresponding new objects will be created.

ImportUtil.exe -input . import.csv -server .\sqlexpress -db AlvaoSample -parentnodeid 92 -import

This command imports data from the import.csv file into the strong database. AlvaoSample on the local SQL Server. In AM the corresponding new objects are created under the object in the tree with the NodeId with the value 92.

ImportUtil.exe -input . update_db.csv -server .\sqlexpress -db AlvaoSample -import -keyfields registration mark

This command updates objects that have a registration tag entry that matches a value in the update_db.csv file in the em>strongrong database. AlvaoSample on the local SQL Server. In AM properties of identified objects are updated, or non-existent objects are created in the Read Objects folder.

ImportUtil.exe -input update_db.csv -server .\sqlexpress -db AlvaoSample -import -keyfields NodeId

The command updates the property values of objects according to the CSV file whose NodeId matches the values in the CSV file.

To test the functionality of the above commands, you can use the sample CSV files import.csv and update_db.csv.


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