Greetings from Donald Grizzly and the guys from Softinventive Lab.
First of all, we’d like to thank our users for all the feedback that we get. Most of it is very constructive, detailed and helpful, and it keeps us on track.
Recently we updated TNI to version 2.0.1 (1074). We’ve fixed a few bugs and implemented a couple of highly requested features. Here’s the list of some of the changes in the update:
- New Import folder command that goes into subfolders and can create groups in storage to match the imported folder structure.
- New Automatic import feature: pull data on startup or on timer.
- New Logon script helper tool.
- New ESX/xSphere detection (no scanning yet, but it is to come).
- ImprovedMulti-asset report in Details tab can now be built by choosing a group.
- ImprovedWindows agent got /overwrite parameter to prevent generating lots of copies.
- ImprovedPasswords are now impossible to reveal in editors.
- ImprovedIn software accounting, auto-scanned licenses with 0 copies can now be deleted.
- FixedSMB errors when scanning some computers and servers.
- FixedImport of new snapshots for existing assets is not affected by license limitations anymore.
- FixedPrinters on Mac OS X.
Logon script tool
We’ve reintroduced the tool for setting up logon script scanning of your network. Customers who have been with us since TNI 1.6.8 remember this function as an option available from the late Scan wizard. Now it resides in the Options window, appropriately entitled Logon script. It became cleaner and a little bit smarter.
Another come-back is the Automatic import feature. It is now capable of importing files from sub-folders along with folder structure itself, pulling data at startup or on timer, etc. And it’s twice as useful in combination with logon script scanning.
Selecting assets in a folder
One little GUI improvement a lot of you requested is this: now you can simply click a group in Details tab to build a report on all of the assets inside without having to enable multiple selection mode. You can still build a group summary if you need it by choosing the corresponding category from the sidebar.
Right now we’re working hard to ensure the new version is rock-solid and nimble. Please, keep the feedback coming and look forward to updates. Some cool stuff is to come once we’re through the post-release routine.
I’m back again to showcase the new scanner. Like most other things in TNI 2, it’s easy to use and quite self-explanatory, but has some potential that is not at all that obvious. But first things first.
It’s not a wizard anymore. Not a Wizard — I could write a song with this title! Over the years we’ve grown sick and tired of those omnipresent step-by-step wizards that make you follow some unnatural screenplay by an invisible screenwriter while cut off from the rest of the program’s features. Not anymore. It’s a single screen just like the rest of screens: another place for you to do things.
It scans Mac OS X and Linux. Yeah, I believe you already knew that. Stay tuned for the news on FreeBSD support, soon.
It’s task-driven. You create tasks, the scanner executes them.
There is a number of ways to create a task, but the most powerful of them is to use the Quick Add bar.
Let me explain what it does. You type what you want to scan. It creates a task. Simple. Here is what you can type:
- IP address, “192.168.0.13”
- Network name, “DEV_141”
- Subnet, “192.168.0.0/24”
- IP range, “192.168.0.1-192.168.2.150” or “192.168.0.1,5,7” or, say, “192.168.0.1-150”
- Windows workgroup, “WG:MSHOME” (just don’t forget the “WG:” part)
- Domain controller, “AD:10.0.0.1”
- LDAP notation, “LDAP://OU=Seattle,OU=Washington,OU=USA,DC=company,DC=local”
Rescanning assets is another easy task. Just open the scanner and drag some assets to the task area directly from the network tree. Bam!
One of the most requested features is the ability to load tasks from text files. You can do it now. A file should contain one task per line. Look for the Load tasks from file button on the sidebar.
To wrap it up. Do you remember that awkward “Watch scan process” thing in TNI 1.6? We stumbled upon this label the other day and freaked out. We actually made you watch… we’re so sorry. Don’t watch scan process anymore. Scanner is great at doing its work in background. As soon as any node is scanned, you can work with it right away, no need to wait for the rest. They’ll be fine.
Ok, we’re done with the scanner for the time being. Consult the user manual for more, if you will. And I just feel like writing some more today! Thus, welcome to the next post about the new network tree!
Greetings, gentlemen! Donald Grizzly at the keyboard, hereby presenting you the new site and blog of Softinventive Lab! This blog, by the way, is totally worth subscribing to. It’s our new dev-log, pro-tips collection and the company herald. Why not subscribe?
You’ve probably noticed the new design of the site. Ah, pretty sea-green gradients. It makes you feel underwater, I guess… whatever. We’ve been making this from scratch, you know. We had some casualties here and there, but all in all we’re through, and we’re happy with it.
But wait, here comes the point.
We’re extremely proud to present
In case you don’t know, TNI stands for Total Network Inventory, and that’s exactly what the software does. The v.2 is brand new and shiny, rebuilt brick by brick from ground up. The only thing that’s left unchanged since v.1.6 is: it still doesn’t play lossless MP3. Everything else has changed. I mean it.
Let me clarify that a little. TNI 2 includes, but is not limited to:
- New slick user interface. The clear concept of having a separate screen for each task will make your life with TNI 2 much easier.
- New scanner. “New” as in “new from core to surface”. It now scans Mac OS X and Linux assets (FreeBSD coming soon, too). And it understands you at a glance: if you want something scanned, it will be scanned in no time. Just like that.
- The network tree. It has never been so informative and vivid. It now acts as an ultimate dashboard that you can fine-tune to your heart’s desire. Display an OS icon next to every node, filter out all offline devices, use domain names, user names, asset tags or whatever you like for node titles, and I can go on forever.
- New storage format. It’s 40 (forty) times smaller now. About 35 KB per asset. You can imagine traffic saves while scanning and gain of speed in report building. And we also have snapshots now.
- Table reports are pure pleasure to set up: every last piece of data that is known about an asset can become part of a table report.
- Instant search in network tree, screen reports, table reports, print previews, software accounting… speaking of which.
- Software accounting. It’s a story of its own.
But as the song goes, words are meaningless and forgettable. Experience it!