Hello, friends! Do you remember our pre-summer post about the new SAM features? Well, that was just the first stage. Get ready to see the final version of the Software accounting and Licenses tabs! We admit that the interface of Software accounting used to scare away rather than amaze with its functionality. When you first opened the tab, you experienced something similar to the experience of an airplane passenger who was put in the pilot’s seat and asked to sort out the controls. Now everything looks completely different.

All the data in a single report

One long-requested feature was the ability to output information from Software accounting and Licenses into ordinary table reports. Take a look at how it works: Now all this information is available in the familiar Report constructor.

Even more space

The details panel used to be fixed in place under the list of software or licenses, which is not always convenient when using widescreen monitors. Now you can reorient it vertically and see a lot more:

Licenses: new features

New design of the Create/Edit license window: Multiple selection for licenses: As you can see, Software accounting and license management have become much more user-friendly and easy to use.

If the new look strikes your fancy, download TNI 4.8.0 right here right now. It looks like we’ll soon run out of single-digit version numbers for TNI 4 updates. Nothing to worry about. We’ll come up with something special in order to jump up to the fifth version See you soon!
Hey, Hi, and Hello to all who reads our blog! Without further ado, let’s cover the features we’ve prepared for you this time.

Collecting of information about the installed Microsoft Store apps

We noticed that the popularity of MS Store apps has been growing every month. So we’ve taught TNI to collect this information and display all the apps in a separate category:

Detecting TPM Chips and BitLocker Drive Encryption Status

The TPM Chips and BitLocker Drive Encryption Status can no longer hide from our scanner. You will find the key information about the chip under the “System” category in reports. And for each local disk, you can now see its encryption status.

Timestamp of the last successful ping

It’s now become much easier to search for outdated assets. No more is there a need to frequently scan your storage to find out which assets have been offline for a long time. There’s a new field that will show you the exact time when the ping has last reached the asset in question:

A few network map upgrades

The Network map update is focused on the connections between objects, saving you time and providing new options. From now on, when you cut or copy and paste assets on the map, the links connecting the selected assets will follow, dispensing with the need to redraw them every time. Secondly, we’ve made it possible for you to customize the type of each link, instead of setting one map-wide: Most of this update was made possible by your feedback and requests. We are sincerely happy when our products meet the needs and high expectations of our beloved users. See you later!
Hello, friends! Have you been missing us already? Get comfortable, today you’ll discover how to use the new functionality to significantly expand your inventory capabilities and help to make sure the order is kept. The long-awaited support for barcodes is here!
  • BIG FEATUREBarcodes

Creating barcodes

If you’re already familiar with Common fields, you’ll find it easier to get into Barcodes. An unlimited number of barcodes can be assigned to a single device. Use the left column to select a type and name the barcode, then specify a value in the right column. Simple and easy! Asset barcodes can also be added automatically, generated from a template. To set this up, just open Storage properties and create your own template, following the tips therein. Barcodes will be automatically generated for new devices after activating the appropriate setting: Total Network Inventory 4.7.0 supports both linear and two-dimensional barcodes of the following types: QR, EAN-8, EAN-13, 2/5 Interleaved, Code 39, Code 93, Code 128, Datamatrix and PDF417.

Printing and exporting barcodes

For your convenience, we provide several ways to print and export barcodes:
  • From Edit – Barcodes. Hover over the barcode’s value and click the arrow with the drop-down menu. This allows you to view the selected barcode and export it to PNG.
  • Context menu option in the network tree allows to quickly export all barcodes for a group or selected asset to PNG.
  • The Viewer and Reports tab allows not only to export but also to print barcodes or their values (select the Full or Brief printable report). Export to various formats is available.
All that’s left is to print the barcodes and sticker your office.

Searching for assets by barcode

As the main purpose of barcodes is to serve as an identifier for quickly finding various assets, we must learn how to do that in TNI. Here’s where you can switch between the barcode and regular search: You can enter the barcode value manually or speed up the process by connecting an external hardware or software scanner. When searching, assets can be either simply highlighted or immediately selected for processing in the network tree. You can select the preferred behavior in Settings – Barcodes. Here, you can also assign a hot key for quick search.

As usual, you can check the complete list of changes in the program itself: Help – Check for Updates. Looking forward to your feedback. Have a good weekend, and as always stay tuned for more updates!