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27 March 2013
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TNI 2.2.0 (1438): Scan scheduler

Greetings! The change list is short this time, but check it out:

  • BIG FEATUREScan scheduler

 

The “list” kind of looks like a cigarette, but remember: smoking kills…
Yeah, I’d rather tell you all about the new Big Feature.

 

Creating and scheduling a task list

 

Yes, the Scheduler operates on saved task lists.

To create these, you first add some tasks to the scanner, set them up (i.e. discover nodes within ranges, enter logins and passwords, etc) and then you click Save current tasks button on the sidebar.

The result is what you see in the figure here. Each task list is saved to a separate file, named and fully prepared for launch at any time.

But until now you could only launch them by hand.
Enter Scan Scheduler!

 

Move your cursor over a task list to see the Schedule this task command and click it.

Schedule this task

This opens up the Scheduler page. You can access it at any time: it waits for you in the Options window.

Scheduler page

The scheduled task is already created for the task list you clicked earlier.
Now you want to tell TNI when and how often you need this task executed:

    • Once. Just tell TNI when.
      Run once
    • Daily. Every day at specific time. Or once every N days.
      Run daily
    • Weekly. On specific weekdays every Nth week.
      Run weekly
    • Monthly. This is a very flexible mode. For example, here we’ve set it up to run the task every second month on the first and last days of the month and also on the second Fridays of these months.
      Run monthly
      A more life-like set-up, e.g. “first Monday of every month”, will work just fine, too.

For each mode you should also specify the starting date and the time of day. While you’re setting up a task, you can see the Next run label constantly updating, so that you could be sure you’ve done everything right.

 

Scheduler operation

For now, the Scheduler can only execute a task successfully if, when the time comes:

  1. TNI is running.
  2. The scanner is not being used.

These are the limitations, but we’re busy lifting them.

If something stops the scheduled scan from running on time, you will know about it from the Run log. Every task has a separate log where you can find all the details: how many nodes were scanned, how many errors were encountered, whether a run was skipped and if so, why. Also, full scan logs are saved for each successful run.

I could go on and on about how useful and convenient the new Scheduler is, but you can find it out yourself by downloading the new version of TNI.

To wrap it up, I’ll just mention the two new versions of our site: tr Turkish and pl Polish.

See you in the next post!


04 December 2012
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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!


18 May 2012
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Até que enfim! TNI 2 em Português!

  • New Portuguese locale.
  • NewStatus bar indicators for scanned/failed/custom assets and license usage.
  • NewNew Software installations report in Software accounting.
  • NewNew storage assistants: OS architecture (requires rescan) and Asset kind (scanned, failed or custom).
  • NewOption to switch between relative or absolute dates in reports.
  • NewPossibility to use custom date format in reports.
  • NewXen  virtual type and fixes for Linuxes running under Xen.
  • New64-bit scanner for Linux.
  • NewOnline asset field in table reports.
  • NewName field for keyboards and pointing devices in table reports.
  • NewAdditional time zone details (DST details).
  • ImprovedComputer description is updated automatically if not changed by user.
  • Improved“New template” button in table reports moved to the top of sidebar.
  • ImprovedAssets failed to scan are marked with a small error icon.
  • FixedTime zone field in Operating system details (Windows).
  • FixedExport of user-created date fields.
  • FixedSSH scanners are searched for in the installation directory instead of current path.
  • + minor fixes & improvements

 

Status bar indicators, new assistants & errors highlight

The network tree just got a little fancier and a little more convenient. Take a look at this screenshot here.

The first figure on the status bar is the number of scanned nodes you have and your license capacity. The progress bar shows how close you are to the license limitation. Note how assets with scanning errors and manually added ones are not taken into account and are shown separately.

The new OS architecture assistant provides “x32” and “x64” labels. You may use filtering by architecture type as well.

Athena and Zeus there have been unfortunate at scantime, which is indicated by the little error icons.

Another new assistant enables you to filter the tree by Asset kind: that is, “scanned”, “failed to scan” and “manually added”. That’s basically what status bar counters stand for. Do you know that feel when you want everything but scanning errors out of the way so you could deal with them? Possible now.

Date format options

Go to Options / General and you’ll find this in Format options section:

Unchecking Use relative dates will help you if you never ever want to see “Today” or “Monday” instead of the actual date.

And the second option speaks for itself allowing you to format your dates to your heart’s desire.

 

Software installations report

While the next version of our Software accounting tab is still WIP, the current one constantly needs some little tweaks and additions which we try to provide ASAP. A short time ago we discovered that Software accounting tab was actually missing the most basic and useful report. Now it’s in place.

This table features every installation of software items that you select. It can be easily searched, printed or exported to Excel for further processing.

    

And here is your download link! As always, more to come!