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:
That’s it, now you can see which computers may cause you trouble during the update or new installation.
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:
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 Let’s try finding outdated software without using the Software accounting tab.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:
Part 2: “Filters”.
And we are continuing our series of tutorials. As we promised, today we’re going to describe the most popular filters and advise how to apply them best.
All filters are located right under the “Software” and “Licenses” tabs and have the following form:
While filters are not enabled, the main list will display all of the software from all scanned workstations.
Use “Asset filter” to display a list of software on specific workstations. Select a device, several devices (make sure that the “Multiple selection” box is checked) or a group in the network tree to use it.
Another important point is filtering software by publisher or title. It allows for considerably faster tracking of workstations with outdated software versions. Simply enter software title or select a publisher from the list:
If you frequently monitor the same software, try adding it through the “Saved searches” option found in the list of filters instead of typing the software titles every time. It will save you time on each subsequent search.
That’s all for now. We hope our simple tips would prove useful in practice.
See you next time!
Usually, when someone visits the “Software accounting” tab for the first time, he just doesn’t know from where to start. Well, software and license accounting in networks has never been too easy. We decided to release a series of blog posts for those who have just begun to use this module or avoided using it for some reason. We are going to advise you from where to start and what kind of information may prove to be most useful.
Part 1: “Getting Started”.
First, you need to pay attention to the menu in the upper left corner. This is where you select the section that is displayed on the screen.
- “Software” tab – to view and manage software information.
- “Licenses” tab – to view and manage licenses and keys.
- “Manage database” tab (gears icon) – to create and update software database.
We will start from the last point; it is only used if the database does not exist yet: you can manually update the database or import the database from an earlier version of Total Network Inventory.
So, if the database hasn’t been created, click the “Update software database” button and let’s move on to the other tabs.
The “Software” tab displays almost all the information at once. Therefore, it is important to know how to filter this information and we are going to describe it in our next blog post.