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04 December 2012

TNI 2.1.0 (1410): Nmap-powered network discovery engine

Hello! Donald here with a great TNI update for you. So many things to tell you about.

First, there’s this:

  • BIG FEATURENew Nmap-powered network discovery and port scan engine
  • NewIndication of open ports for each asset in the Scanner and in the network tree (with the help of new assistant).
  • NewA screenshot of the web-interface is stored and displayed if a device with scan error has port 80 open.
  • NewOS and device type detection for devices with scan errors.
  • ImprovedOnline status detection reliability.
  • ImprovedIP ranges and networks discovery speed.


Then, there’s also this:

  • NewManufacturer by MAC-address in asset summary.
  • NewStatic IPs are indicated with padlock icon in network tree.
  • NewNew custom device types: print-server, tape drive, tape library, IP camera, iPhone, Windows phone, external disk, USB flash disk.
  • NewNew fields in table reports: general asset type, scan protocol, scan method, scan time, agent version.
  • NewQuotes can be used to limit search results in the network tree to exact matches
  • ImprovedScanner statuses and errors reporting.
  • ImprovedUpdated the “Manufacturer by MAC address” database.
  • ImprovedIndications of Windows versions on the OS assistant made shorter and clearer.
  • ImprovedPartial product key is exctracted if MAK or KMS key was used for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (full key is not stored on the computer).
  • FixedWindows Server 2012 detection.
  • FixedProduct key extraction algorithm for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
  • FixedOffice Starter 2010 detection support.


And this!

  • MiscNew licensing policy for MSP clients.
  • MiscTranslated the site and TNI trailer into several new languages.

And some of all these things demand explanation and colorful illustrations. No time to waste!

New network discovery engine

Nmap logo

Nmap is a very powerful utility, and its name speaks for itself. Incorporating its functions into TNI results in greatly improved performance and reliability of network discovery and online status detection.

Just switch to the Scanner tab, type in an IP range and expand it. It will go BOOM with discovery results. And the red/green online status LEDs in the network tree will light up much faster.

But that’s just gradual improvement, how about something fresh? With this new engine we can do some really cool and useful things, so we didn’t hesitate to implement a few tasty features.

Open ports scanning

In Scanner, you now know which of commonly-used ports are open on all the nodes you added or discovered. Even before the scanning is finished. Let me just show you how it looks:

Open ports in scanner

Most useful information! The great part is, you don’t lose it when you’re done with scanning. The list of ports is saved in the asset’s summary and can be viewed or included in a report. Even better, we now have a new network tree assistant that lets you see open ports on all network assets and even search or filter your devices by open ports!

Open ports in tree: indication and filtering

A side-note for those who underestimate the power of network assistants in TNI 2: Don’t underestimate them! It’s a great tool that lets you find things in your network without resorting to any kind of reports. Things like “all online Windows machines that have SMTP port open” are a few clicks away at any time…

Now, where were we.

Know what wasn’t scanned

So, an asset refused to be scanned. It just doesn’t feel like being scanned. But hey, it has the 80th port open! If only we could benefit from it somehow… Ahh, yes.

Screenshot of web-interface

It’s only a screenshot, but there’s plenty of stuff you can find out from it.

In the meantime, TNI already found out quite a few things. Like OS name and device type. We use magic to do it and it works great. And you also know which ports are open there, remember? So, it’s now much easier to fix the problem and complete the scan… or maybe you already know everything you wanted about this asset, anyway? ;)

So yeah! From now on, a scan can’t fail completely. You will always know something.

This is all I had to say about the new update. Download it and enjoy!

There is another important change I should mention, and it concerns the licensing of TNI 2 for our MSP clients. You can learn about the new policy and prices on this page.

And another thing.

We’ve translated our site into some new languages: Dutch, Swedish, Finnish and Czech. We have quite a choice of languages now:

Also, you can now watch TNI trailer in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese. So, if you haven’t seen the video in your first language yet, you are welcome to do so. :)

Phew. That’s it. Till next post!

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