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24 October 2011
Feature highlights, Releases, Total Network Inventory | 2 Comments

Update: TNI 2.0.4 (1141) Table conditions!

Welcome (and hurry to download) the red-hot TNI update!

The update brings great new features, big and small.
Besides, it fixes a severe bug that was bugging some users for a long time… yeah, that’s what bugs do — they bug. But not this one, it’s done for.

  • BIG FEATURETable report conditions.
  • BIG FEATURECustom assets.
  • NewIn table report constructor: ability to add hidden columns to the template.
  • NewNew standard table templates: operating systems summary, detected Microsoft licenses, problematic Windows devices.
  • NewStatic IP address field in table reports.
  • NewNew paper formats: A3, A2, Legal, Ledger, Tabloid.
  • NewVarious new assets types.
  • NewIn the network tree: separate indication for visible and total assets,
    “(M of N)”.
  • NewIn the network tree: new node display options (OS, CPU, system models and manufacturers).
  • NewLink to the most recent blog post about TNI in the main menu.
  • NewLinks to blog posts on each update in version history.
  • FixedSometimes program hanged under Windows 7/2008 after being closed.
  • FixedSoftware accounting (export of copies and moving of software into groups).
  • Fixed“Intel Pentium III” generic CPU name instead of incorrect Intel Xeon model.
  • FixedAdding of operating systems to software list.

Get exactly what you need with Table conditions!

Table report conditions are released and at your service. This is some real power! Now you can put a constraint on the entity of a table report. Ever wanted to build a report like these?

  • All software from Adobe installed in September;
  • All running services with ‘Apple’ in their name found on computers whose IP matches ‘10.0.1.*’;
  • All computers that have more than 2 GB of VRAM and a widescreen monitor;
  • etc.

It’s easy now, try it. There are two new standard templates to demonstrate the feature, but don’t be shy and build your own! Go to Table reports tab, click New template, add some fields and then click  Add condition below!

Soon we’ll publish a dedicated blog post on table conditions to give your imagination a boost. And you won’t miss it thanks to this next gimmick.

 

Keep your eye on blog updates

Just glance at the upper-right corner of the window to see if there’s something new in our blog.

Rather important sub-feature of this notifier is that it can be disabled. If you don’t like it, go to Options / General and uncheck Show last blog post. After all, there’s RSS for that, right?

 

Add custom assets manually

From now on TNI 2 supports Custom assets. Click the  Add custom device button above the network tree and set up the new asset real quick. Define it’s type, fill in the values of common fields, create some custom fields (or use a preset) and don’t forget to give it a name. The asset will appear marked with  in the network tree.

    

The amount of work ahead of us is huge. New software accounting, custom categories in Viewer and reports tab, etc. Things will get better month after month!


04 October 2011
Feature highlights, News, Releases, Total Network Inventory | Leave a comment

Update: TNI 2.0.3 (1115). Also, a new TNI 2 demo!

Some long awaited features are delivered by TNI 2.0.3 (1115).

  • NewPossibility to distinguish computers by name and domain instead of MAC address and serial number.
  • NewGroup membership field for user accounts.
  • NewMicrosoft Office name and key fields in table reports.
  • NewComputer models summary in group summary view.
  • NewSerial number in Windows PC general information view.
  • NewGreat Britain locale.
  • ImprovedRevamped the “User accounts” standard table report.
  • ImprovedRegular expressions in software accounting are now case-insensitive by default.
  • ImprovedBoosted the time of Linux scanning.
  • FixedCopying and exporting the software copies and licenses with active filters.
  • FixedScanner sometimes freezed under Windows XP.
  • FixedNetwork adapters and printers processing.
  • FixedProcessing of user accounts under Windows 2000.

Distinguish assets by name

There is now an option to distinguish assets by their network name and domain rather than by hardware (which is the default behavior of TNI 2). We’d like to point out and explain this particular feature, as it’s quite important and should be used properly.

Whenever a new snapshot appears in TNI 2 storage (either as a result of scanning or when an asset file is placed manually into the storage folder), the program first tries to merge duplicates so that a single asset is represented by a single data file. But in order to do that TNI has to know when two assets should be considered identical.

The most common way to tell is to compare MAC-addresses, UUIDs and serial numbers of two shapshots. If these parameters match, it’s safe to say that we’re looking at two snapshots of the same hardware unit and merge them.

In some networks hardware is considered a secondary matter, and computers are distinguished by their domain names. This means that one may change a computer’s motherboard, CPU and chassis and re-install OS, but leave domain name unchanged, and the whole workstation will be considered the same.

If that is the case with your network, you should go to Options / Scanner and change the setting to Distinguish assets by name and domain. Otherwise it would be smart to leave everything as is.

    

If you visit TNI product page of our site, you’ll find something new and shiny there. That’s TNI 2 demo video! Check it out:

That’s it for now. Don’t forget, the “coming soon” features are coming soon, so be sure to check for updates now and then. Cheers!