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28 July 2011
Feature highlights, Releases, Total Network Inventory | Leave a comment

Update: TNI 2.0.1 (1074)

Greetings from Donald Grizzly and the guys from Softinventive Lab.

First of all, we’d like to thank our users for all the feedback that we get. Most of it is very constructive, detailed and helpful, and it keeps us on track.

Recently we updated TNI to version 2.0.1 (1074). We’ve fixed a few bugs and implemented a couple of highly requested features. Here’s the list of some of the changes in the update:

  • New Import folder command that goes into subfolders and can create groups in storage to match the imported folder structure.
  • New Automatic import feature: pull data on startup or on timer.
  • New Logon script helper tool.
  • New ESX/xSphere detection (no scanning yet, but it is to come).
  • ImprovedMulti-asset report in Details tab can now be built by choosing a group.
  • ImprovedWindows agent got /overwrite parameter to prevent generating lots of copies.
  • ImprovedPasswords are now impossible to reveal in editors.
  • ImprovedIn software accounting, auto-scanned licenses with 0 copies can now be deleted.
  • FixedSMB errors when scanning some computers and servers.
  • FixedImport of new snapshots for existing assets is not affected by license limitations anymore.
  • FixedPrinters on Mac OS X.

Logon script tool

We’ve reintroduced the tool for setting up logon script scanning of your network. Customers who have been with us since TNI 1.6.8 remember this function as an option available from the late Scan wizard. Now it resides in the Options window, appropriately entitled Logon script. It became cleaner and a little bit smarter.

 

Automatic import

Another come-back is the Automatic import feature. It is now capable of importing files from sub-folders along with folder structure itself, pulling data at startup or on timer, etc. And it’s twice as useful in combination with logon script scanning.

Selecting assets in a folder

One little GUI improvement a lot of you requested is this: now you can simply click a group in Details tab to build a report on all of the assets inside without having to enable multiple selection mode. You can still build a group summary if you need it by choosing the corresponding category from the sidebar.

    

Right now we’re working hard to ensure the new version is rock-solid and nimble. Please, keep the feedback coming and look forward to updates. Some cool stuff is to come once we’re through the post-release routine.


07 July 2011
Feature highlights, Tips & Tricks, Total Network Inventory | 1 Comment

Feature highlight: The Network Tree

Once again, hi! This time I’ll demonstrate the matchless powers of the new network tree. We all like to have matchless powers, right?

The first of your new powers is called Displayed text. Click the  button and choose which piece of data all the assets will be represented by. If you don’t care for network names, you can choose to see IP addresses in their place. Or asset tags. Or user names. Or simply custom aliases. Also, you can use any of these values for additional text that will be printed out in blue on the right.

The second power is Instant search. Well, we’re modest guys, so we call it simply Search in the software. But it’s still instant. Press Ctrl + Shift + F and try it out. Note: you can search by both primary and additional text values that you’ve set up using your first power.

The third power is Indicators. Hit the light bulb button and choose an Assistant that you like the most. They’re great guys, all of them. Let’s go with Operating system, Online status and Alert presence, for instance. After adding each of them, you’ll see something like that:

Hover your cursor over an OS icon to see the full name of OS, or hover over a red flag to reveal the explicit list of problems with the asset. You’ll find other useful hints as well.

Finally, the fourth power at your disposal is Filters. You use them to hide assets. Offline assets, maybe. Or assets without alerts (in case you want to build an alerts report). Or all assets but Linux ones. Or virtual assets, if you don’t want any virtual hardware in your reports. Use the Filter button of an added Assistant to enable or disable filtering.

Sure enough, you may abuse your matchless powers as much as you like. Who are we to deny you that? You’ll end up with something like this, I guess:

That’s no big deal. The tree can easily be hidden with this little fellow: 

This was Donald Grizzly. I’m done blogging for today. Thanks for your time, enjoy our software and stay tuned for more cool stuff!


07 July 2011
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Feature highlight: The Scanner

I’m back again to showcase the new scanner. Like most other things in TNI 2, it’s easy to use and quite self-explanatory, but has some potential that is not at all that obvious. But first things first.

It’s not a wizard anymore. Not a Wizard — I could write a song with this title! Over the years we’ve grown sick and tired of those omnipresent step-by-step wizards that make you follow some unnatural screenplay by an invisible screenwriter while cut off from the rest of the program’s features. Not anymore. It’s a single screen just like the rest of screens: another place for you to do things.

It scans Mac OS X and Linux. Yeah, I believe you already knew that. Stay tuned for the news on FreeBSD support, soon.

It’s task-driven. You create tasks, the scanner executes them.

There is a number of ways to create a task, but the most powerful of them is to use the Quick Add bar.

Let me explain what it does. You type what you want to scan. It creates a task. Simple. Here is what you can type:

  • IP address, “192.168.0.13
  • Network name, “DEV_141
  • Subnet, “192.168.0.0/24”
  • IP range, “192.168.0.1-192.168.2.150” or “192.168.0.1,5,7” or, say, “192.168.0.1-150
  • Windows workgroup, “WG:MSHOME” (just don’t forget the “WG:” part)
  • Domain controller, “AD:10.0.0.1
  • LDAP notation, “LDAP://OU=Seattle,OU=Washington,OU=USA,DC=company,DC=local

Rescanning assets is another easy task. Just open the scanner and drag some assets to the task area directly from the network tree. Bam!

One of the most requested features is the ability to load tasks from text files. You can do it now. A file should contain one task per line. Look for the Load tasks from file button on the sidebar.

To wrap it up. Do you remember that awkward “Watch scan process” thing in TNI 1.6? We stumbled upon this label the other day and freaked out. We actually made you watch… we’re so sorry. Don’t watch scan process anymore. Scanner is great at doing its work in background. As soon as any node is scanned, you can work with it right away, no need to wait for the rest. They’ll be fine.

Don't watch scan process

Ok, we’re done with the scanner for the time being. Consult the user manual for more, if you will. And I just feel like writing some more today! Thus, welcome to the next post about the new network tree!


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