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Object Identification during Imports#

i-doit provides various data imports. Existing data in the IT documentation can be updated with imports instead of generating (often) unnecessary redundancy. In order to achieve this, i-doit tries to identify existing objects by means of various attributes.

Data Imports Concerned#

The following data imports are considered in this article:

Other data imports might have another way of proceeding.


The identification of objects is carried out in two steps:

  1. The unambiguous attributes of the respective data sources have the highest priority:

    CSV data import: not applicable
    JDisc: Device ID
    OCS Inventory NG: not applicable
    h-inventory: Serial number

    With the first data import, these attributes are saved and can then be used as identification feature for following data imports. If these attributes are not available, step 2 follows.

  2. A so-called object matching (see below) is carried out by means of profiles.

Creation of Profiles#

Some attributes are suitable to reference objects unambiguously. You can use this characteristic regarding the data import of third-party applications with similar unambiguity. To be prepared for various import cases you can create so-called object-matching profiles in i-doit which are to be observed during import. The central configuration is under Administration → Interfaces / external data → Import → Object-matching profiles. You can create any number of profiles.


The i-doit default installation already contains a profile named Default which mustn't be edited or deleted. With the New button you can create a new profile, with Edit you can edit a profile while Purge deletes a profile irrevocably.

Several details are required per profile:

  • Name: a meaningful description of the profile
  • Matchings: Various attributes and other fields can be selected. With help of these attributes and fields already documented objects are searched and compared to the data to be imported. The order is irrelevant and cannot be changed.
  • Minimum Match: During the matching process of data and objects to be imported in i-doit a check is carried out as to how many attributes of an object have to match. The selectable number follows the number of attributes under Matchings.
  • Filter für neue Objekte (JDISC):
    The New object filter option only affects NEW objects when importing JDiscs. Exclude objects from import that do not have configured attributes. Possible attributes are host name, serial number, object title, MAC and IP address.
  • Minimale Filterübereinstimmung (JDISC):
    Minimum number of missing attributes to ignore NEW import objects.


Possible Identifiers#

Identifier Comments JDisc CSV data import OCS Inventory NG h-inventory
IP address Import of network-compatible device; see category Host address yes yes no no
Username Import of person; see category for Persons → Login, Username attribute no yes no no
Object SYSID See category General, SYS-IDattribute no yes no no
IMEI number See category Mobile ratio, IMEI attribute no yes no no
Serial number See category Modell yes yes yes yes
Service tag See category Modell no yes no no
Inventory number See category Accounting, Inventory number attribute no yes no no
Location See category Location no yes no no
Object type constant Object type has to match; see custom object types no yes yes no
Object title See category General, Description attribute yes yes yes yes
Object ID See category General, Object ID attribute no yes no no
Hostname Import of network-compatible device; see category for Host address yes yes yes yes
E-mail address See category for E-mail address no yes no no
Room number Import of room; see category Room no yes no no
Host Alias Import of network-compatible device; see category for Host address ja ja ja ja
FQDN Import of network-compatible device; see category for Host address yes yes yes yes
MAC Import of network-compatible device; see category Network → Port, MAC address attribute yes yes yes yes
LDAP DN When persons are synchronized via LDAP/AD, i-doit saves the corresponding DN in the background. You can't see this attribute in i-doit but you can use it as an identification no yes no no