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16 June 2016
Releases, Total Software Deployment | Leave a comment

TSD 1.2.0: Deployment assistant and improved interface

Hello, friends! We’ve prepared a sizable update for Total Software Deployment. In this new version, you will find a number of changes aimed primarily at improving usability. As always, let us first look at the full list of changes before delving into details:

  • BIG FEATURENew Assistant for searching for software and computers to use in deployment.
  • BIG FEATUREImproved user interface.
  • NewProgress indicator when loading a storage.
  • NewSearch in program settings.
  • ImprovedNetwork storage will load faster in certain scenarios.
  • ImprovedSimplified desktop log: now completely separate and independent from the deployment log.
  • ImprovedSignificantly improved load times for deployment lists.
  • FixedError detecting Windows 8.1, 10 and Server 2012 R2 in Software editor’s information panel for Macro and Sysshot.
  • FixedVisual artifacts on Windows Server.
  • FixedErrors in deployment log messages when adding computers to the Deployment targets list.
  • FixedInactive window scrolling in Windows 10.

 

Assistant

The more flexible, thought-out and convenient Assistant comes in place of the Software update helpers. This tool combines the functionality of both helpers and, what’s most important, is easier to use. The Assistant allows you to quickly look up which software is already installed and on which computers, as well as to determine if any versions are outdated. Furthermore, search logic has been revised and its stability improved.

Let’s review both modes.

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1. Find computers for deployment.

Let’s suppose that you need to find out whether particular software is installed on network computers (or whether it’s up-to-date). It’s very simple to do: just drag any software from the software storage to the software deployment list, and the results will appear below.

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Using this mode, you can search for software on all computers in the network storage. You’ll see a list of computers where the software of interest is installed, and you’ll be able to verify if it’s the same version as the one in your storage. Software search strings can be quickly changed right from the list. A few handy buttons will help you add computers where the software is missing or out of date to the list of deployment targets.

2. Find software for deployment.

This is when you need to find software only on those computers that are of interest to you. In contrast to the other, this mode allows you to search for all software in the software storage. Add one or a number of computers to the list of deployment targets, and bingo: TSD will present you with a full list of programs installed on each computer and highlight the ones that can be installed or updated straight from the software storage.

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Please note that in order for the Assistant to work properly, the passport for each program has to be filled out in the software editor.

Interface

As you may have already noticed, the software interface has been updated. This facelift is aimed at making the program more accessible and user-friendly. The process of loading a storage will now be accompanied by animation. We’ve also changed the position and appearance of several buttons and panels.

Deployment log

A few changes affected the method of logging. Now, more events are written into the Deployment log, and in more detail, thereby allowing you a better insight into the process.

Finally, we’ve significantly improved program stability and storage load speeds.

The new version of Total Software Deployment can as always be accessed by Checking for Updates from TSD’s Help menu, or simply click here. We’re looking forward to your feedback!

P.S. An update for Total Network Inventory is coming soon as well. Don’t miss it!


26 April 2016
Releases, Total Network Monitor | 2 Comments

TNM 2.2.0: TLS encryption support

Good news, everyone! Finally, we’re ready to unveil a long-awaited update for Total Network Monitor 2. We’ve addressed several stability issues and implemented 2 of the most requested features. Let’s see the complete list of changes:

  • BIG FEATURESupport of encrypted connections for SMTP and XMPP protocols.
  • NewAn option to automatically backup the project file.
  • NewNew interface language (Chinese: Simplified and Traditional).
  • ImprovedActivity diagram is now scrollable.
  • ImprovedOptimized performance when working with large projects.
  • FixedDuplication of log file contents.
  • FixedErrors in the interface, as well as in operation of a number of sensors and actions.
  • FixedOperation as a service in Windows XP.

 

The most requested feature of all has long been the ability to send email alerts through mail servers that require SSL/TLS-encrypted connection and a username and password for authorization.

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We’ve optimized the interface: now, TNM will be able to deal with many more monitors and devices than before.
And, to limit the possibility of losing important data should something nasty happen to your project, you can now enable automatic backup of your project file at set intervals.

Furthermore, a small but much requested addition – a scroll-bar – was added to the Activity diagram for individual monitors. Now you can see much further into the past than before.

We thank you for your attention.
Safe networking!


15 March 2016
Feature highlights, Tips & Tricks, Total Network Inventory | Leave a comment

Conditions in table reports

Not everyone knows and uses such a killer feature of Total Network Inventory as table conditions, so today we would like to remind you about it and provide some usage examples, so you can see how it can make your work much easier.

First one is simple: imagine that you need a list of computers with less than 10GB free space left on the C drive before installing some huge OS update or a new software product. This can be achieved rather quickly:
Open the Table reports tab, copy the existing Logical disks template or create a similar one. Then click edit and add two simple conditions:

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That’s it, now you can see which computers may cause you trouble during the update or new installation.

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Now let’s try something a bit more complicated. For example, we need a condition to find all Intel computers running 64-bit Windows OS that meet the recommended system requirements of 64-bit Windows 10 (4 GB RAM). Is it possible? Easy!
Create a new template and add the following fields: “Operating system: Name”, “Operating system: Architecture”, “Processor: Name”, “RAM total capacity and modules” and “Network name”.
Then add the following conditions:

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Now you can see the result: and you’re free to start selecting computers for an upgrade or replacement so they can meet the requirements of the modern age.

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And how about software reports? Can we add conditions to filter them too? You bet! Let’s try finding outdated software without using the Software accounting tab. Let’s look for Adobe product installations that haven’t been updated this year as well as obsolete Skype installations. We can use the “Installed software” template this time, and, again, we’re going to need some conditions:

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And the resulting report in accordance with your request:

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That’s it for today. We hope you’ve found this information useful.
See you next time!