As you may have guessed from reading the title, today Total Software Deployment takes an important step in improving ease of use. Following dedicated efforts in cooperation with translators, we’re ready to unveil a new multi-language version of the program. After all, isn’t it much easier and more comfortable to use software in your own language? Here’s the list of newly added UI languages:
Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Russian.
In another wonderful news, our English documentation received many updates regarding recent new features.
- NewSix new languages.
- NewMajor documentation update.
- NewLinks from installer type descriptions for MS Office CtR, Batch File and Java Installer to relevant documentation sections.
- NewLinks from error messages in the Deployment log to recommendations for their solution.
- ImprovedSelecting nodes in the Software and Network trees.
- ImprovedOS name is now represented as an icon in the Deployment targets list.
- ImprovedStorage name instead of its folder name in the Network storage menu.
- ImprovedThe Deployment assistant no longer performs searches in installation dates in order to avoid displaying inaccurate search results when program version number partially matches the date.
- FixedError when creating the command file, which consequently made it impossible to load it.
- FixedFreezing when deploying to a computer where the user is not logged in.
- FixedUnaltered timeout values in Silent packages will now be updated after the default timeout setting is changed in Options.
- FixedRendering errors when editing search strings in the Deployment assistant.
- FixedMacro deployment of MSI installers will now be blocked when interactive services are disabled on the target computer. The MSI interface cannot be rendered in such an environment, and the installer is closed with an error.
- FixedSome errors that may impede re-deployment to a computer after deployment failure.
- FixedScroll errors on several controls.
- Many other fixes and improvements.
Until next time!
We’re elated to announce a long overdue update for Total Network Inventory! Just imagine, the standalone agent is now equipped with the ability to transfer scan results to you by a method of your choosing. We’ve called it Resident agent. Say goodbye to all the trouble that comes with scanning computers that don’t belong to your network or rarely, if ever, appear online! Once you configure the resident agent, you can receive scan results by email, FTP, or from a network share, and after adding a scan schedule, all that’s left is to settle in your comfortable chair with some tea and cookies and watch the magic happen… But let’s get back to our update – here’s the list of changes:
- BIG FEATUREResident agent.
- NewSAM: Ability to edit saved searches and to quickly save instant search queries.
- NewProxy server settings in General options.
- ImprovedScanning via SNMP (improved support for devices with SNMP v3 and v1/v3, particularly for Synology NAS and Cisco routers).
- ImprovedNetwork tree toolbar updated (Search, Add assistant).
- ImprovedSAM: software tracking (dragging and dropping computers to make them exceptions, list sorting).
- ImprovedSAM: software list sorting when creating a license.
- ImprovedSAM: hint explaining the reason why Software accounting is blocked.
- ImprovedSAM: search in multi-line publisher and software names.
- ImprovedProxy server password is now encrypted.
- ImprovedSearch field algorithms.
- FixedCollecting information about configured VMware Workstations.
- FixedAdding MIB-files.
- FixedProblems with cyrillic storage folder names.
- FixedExport to XLSX.
- + Many other fixes and improvements.
Previously, the only way to schedule a scan by an agent was to use separate tools; and scan results could only be saved in the folder specified in the command line. These limitations are in the past. Resident agent is installed as a service that can perform a scheduled scan and immediately send you the result.
The setup process will only take a few minutes: a section of Options dedicated to it is readily accessible from the Scanner tab.
If a remote computer is accessible over the network, then the agent can be installed or removed there by pressing one of the two buttons that appear in the Scanner when the computer is added to the list of scan tasks. These buttons are hidden by default and can be enabled from Options (via the “Show resident agent deployment controls in the Scanner” setting).
In any other case, you can configure the agent, and then export it to move to a remote computer. Manual installation and removal of the service is done using the following respective commands: “tniwinagent.exe /install” and “tniwinagent.exe /uninstall”.
But we did not forget about the ability to automatically update the agent file and its settings. The agent can update itself from a web server or from a network share, as well as using the scanner in Total Network Inventory.
That’s all the news for today. Stay tuned for more updates. Leave your comments and suggestions in the comments, or send them by email.
Hello, friends! We’ve prepared a sizable update for Total Software Deployment. In this new version, you will find a number of changes aimed primarily at improving usability. As always, let us first look at the full list of changes before delving into details:
- BIG FEATURENew Assistant for searching for software and computers to use in deployment.
- BIG FEATUREImproved user interface.
- NewProgress indicator when loading a storage.
- NewSearch in program settings.
- ImprovedNetwork storage will load faster in certain scenarios.
- ImprovedSimplified desktop log: now completely separate and independent from the deployment log.
- ImprovedSignificantly improved load times for deployment lists.
- FixedError detecting Windows 8.1, 10 and Server 2012 R2 in Software editor’s information panel for Macro and Sysshot.
- FixedVisual artifacts on Windows Server.
- FixedErrors in deployment log messages when adding computers to the Deployment targets list.
- FixedInactive window scrolling in Windows 10.
The more flexible, thought-out and convenient Assistant comes in place of the Software update helpers. This tool combines the functionality of both helpers and, what’s most important, is easier to use. The Assistant allows you to quickly look up which software is already installed and on which computers, as well as to determine if any versions are outdated. Furthermore, search logic has been revised and its stability improved.
Let’s review both modes.
1. Find computers for deployment.
Let’s suppose that you need to find out whether particular software is installed on network computers (or whether it’s up-to-date). It’s very simple to do: just drag any software from the software storage to the software deployment list, and the results will appear below.
Using this mode, you can search for software on all computers in the network storage. You’ll see a list of computers where the software of interest is installed, and you’ll be able to verify if it’s the same version as the one in your storage. Software search strings can be quickly changed right from the list. A few handy buttons will help you add computers where the software is missing or out of date to the list of deployment targets.
2. Find software for deployment.
This is when you need to find software only on those computers that are of interest to you. In contrast to the other, this mode allows you to search for all software in the software storage. Add one or a number of computers to the list of deployment targets, and bingo: TSD will present you with a full list of programs installed on each computer and highlight the ones that can be installed or updated straight from the software storage.
Please note that in order for the Assistant to work properly, the passport for each program has to be filled out in the software editor.
As you may have already noticed, the software interface has been updated. This facelift is aimed at making the program more accessible and user-friendly. The process of loading a storage will now be accompanied by animation. We’ve also changed the position and appearance of several buttons and panels.
A few changes affected the method of logging. Now, more events are written into the Deployment log, and in more detail, thereby allowing you a better insight into the process.
Finally, we’ve significantly improved program stability and storage load speeds.
The new version of Total Software Deployment can as always be accessed by Checking for Updates from TSD’s Help menu, or simply click here. We’re looking forward to your feedback!
P.S. An update for Total Network Inventory is coming soon as well. Don’t miss it!