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04 January 2017
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TNM 2.3.0: Map background and other improvements

Greetings, friends. As we promised, the long-awaited update for Total Network Monitor 2 has finally arrived. Many elements of the program received our attention. It’s now possible to load custom images as network map backgrounds, and the program has become more stable when working with a large number of monitors. The Activity diagram gained a time filter, and there’s other minor improvements. Let’s not hesitate and examine the full list:

  • NewAbility to set a background image for the network map.
  • NewStoring Activity diagram records.
  • NewAbility to filter Activity diagram records by time.
  • NewNew parameter in email options: Security.
  • ImprovedRestrictions on group contents were removed (groups can now contain both devices and other groups).
  • ImprovedAll check results and links to online resources were localized.
  • ImprovedSignificantly reduced interface response time in projects with a large number of monitors.
  • ImprovedEngines responsible for selecting, copying and display of monitors were streamlined.
  • FixedVarious errors when deleting monitors.
  • FixedProgram crash when opening or creating projects.
  • Many other fixes and improvements.

 

First off, let’s take a look at the feature many of you have been asking for: the ability to upload any background image in Map view. Add a world map, a floor plan, or just a picture with cute kittens – the map will become more functional or just pleasing to the eye. The images can be JPEG, PNG or BMP format. When the image loads, select the appropriate scale using the slider, and the background is done.

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The Activity diagram was slightly updated. Entries in the chart can now be filtered by the time interval that interests you. It’s possible to narrow it down to the 3 last days, last week, last month, or 3 months.

Last but not least, major strides were made in optimizing performance on huge projects. Whether you have 5 or 500 monitors for each device, it won’t matter much. The program will now be able to cope with even that much load!

That is all for this update. Today we can with all confidence say that Total Network Monitor has never been better!


19 December 2016
Releases, Total Network Inventory | Leave a comment

TNI 3.4.1: Scheduled Creation and Export of Reports

As always, greetings to everyone who reads our blog. The first winter update from Softinventive Lab has arrived. This time, the TNI team brings us another oft-requested feature that will make work easier for many of our users. TNI 3 can now not only create reports and export them in a convenient format, but do it automatically according to the schedule you’ve set. A lot of time can be saved if you have both the automatic network scanner and the report builder up and running.
Here’s the complete list of changes:

  • BIG FEATUREAbility to schedule table report generation and export.
  • ImprovedAD sync: Support for escaped symbols in LDAP requests.
  • ImprovedAD sync: Sync can be started or stopped from the storage root folder dropdown menu.
  • ImprovedAD sync: Progress bars for the sync process.
  • ImprovedAD sync: Overwriting of users data during sync is optional and disabled by default.
  • + Some other fixes and improvements.

 

And now onto the main course.

Table reports can now be scheduled and built automatically. Simply copy any standard template or create a new custom template, and you’ll see that a new button has appeared when you hover the mouse over the template:

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Click the button, and the already familiar Scheduler window will appear. Its functionality was somewhat expanded:

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You can schedule reports from here along with the scan tasks. Once the report is built, it can be automatically exported in a common format (TXT, XLSX, CSV or HTML) and then either saved to a folder or sent over email or FTP. The level of comfort is off the charts: the network gets scanned, a report containing the fresh data is sent to your email, and you don’t even have to be around to supervise the process!

We have to point out that, by default, the scheduled report will be built for the whole network tree. To have one built on specific devices or groups, just activate the “Multiple selection” mode and tick the necessary boxes in the network tree before leaving TNI running.

That’s it for this blog post. We’re sure that you’ll make good use of the new feature. Leave a comment or drop us an email, we will be happy to answer your questions.


19 October 2016
Releases, Total Software Deployment | Leave a comment

TSD 1.3.0: Support for Powershell scripts and improvements to network storage assistants

Hello, friends! Today we want to share the latest news on Total Software Deployment. Last week’s update contains some long-awaited changes. It’s not a huge list, but of course quality is more important than quantity:

  • NewSupport for Powershell scripts.
  • NewAssistant “OS architecture” for the network tree.
  • NewDeployment-related setting “Logged in user not required” in Software passport.
  • NewTimestamps for desktop and deployment log messages.
  • NewAbility to add a batch file as consisting of more than one file.
  • ImprovedNetwork storage assistants now displayed in the order they have been added in.
  • ImprovedAssistants “OS” and “Online status” now accept multiple conditions.
  • ImprovedRecording of macros using the service is performed in an environment more similar to one used during playback on remote machines. This eliminates certain differences in installer steps and fixes possible errors when running the installer.
  • FixedDisappearance of the list of recently opened storages.
  • FixedState of nodes in storage trees (expanded/collapsed) not being saved in certain cases.
  • FixedIncorrect behavior of the addon installer process during macro recording if the previous installer includes controls that are incompatible with the Macro method.
  • FixedBatch file started incorrectly when performing a Test run or recording a macro or sysshot if the storage is located on a shared resource.
  • FixedUnexpected error during deployment if the preceding program was deployed using the macro method.
  • Many other fixes and improvements.

 
Now, let’s focus on the main features.

The new ability to deploy PowerShell scripts received a lot of attention from the developer team:

  • All released versions of PowerShell are supported.
  • You can deploy parameterized scripts using the Silent method.
  • When the script is being deployed, the PowerShell prompt may display error messages or other information. TSD collects all the script output, and you can view it via a link provided both in the deployment log and in Software deployment history. This way, you will always be informed about the events that occur during deployment!

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One of the most anticipated features has been the ability to deploy software to computers where the user is not logged in. At last, you can use TSD to execute the full range of deployment tasks on remote servers in your network: to install necessary software, to run a batch file or a PowerShell script. Now it’s more convenient than ever before. But be aware that certain programs may require the user session to be active during installation. Otherwise, errors may occur in their further operation.

In addition, the network storage assistants have been slightly updated, and a new one, OS Architecture, was added. Now you’ll be just one click away from filtering your computers by system bitness. Assistants Online status and Operating system received a necessary little upgrade. Now several conditions can be selected at the same time: tick whichever Windows versions you’re interested in, add the online status filter, and choose architecture as a finishing touch. The result will be exactly what you’re looking for!

nassistant_enThat’s it for today. Are you looking forward to more news from our development team? Rumor has it, an update for Total Network Monitor 2 is imminent. See you soon.