Usually, when someone visits the “Software accounting” tab for the first time, he just doesn’t know from where to start. Well, software and license accounting in networks has never been too easy. We decided to release a series of blog posts for those who have just begun to use this module or avoided using it for some reason. We are going to advise you from where to start and what kind of information may prove to be most useful.
Part 1: “Getting Started”.
First, you need to pay attention to the menu in the upper left corner. This is where you select the section that is displayed on the screen.
- “Software” tab – to view and manage software information.
- “Licenses” tab – to view and manage licenses and keys.
- “Manage database” tab (gears icon) – to create and update software database.
We will start from the last point; it is only used if the database does not exist yet: you can manually update the database or import the database from an earlier version of Total Network Inventory.
So, if the database hasn’t been created, click the “Update software database” button and let’s move on to the other tabs.
The “Software” tab displays almost all the information at once. Therefore, it is important to know how to filter this information and we are going to describe it in our next blog post.
We haven’t been updating our Total Network Inventory 3 user manual for a long time, now it’s time to fix this.
First of all, a new section dedicated to the professional version of TNI has been added. It describes how to operate the software and license management modules.
The new section consists of four parts:
We admit that software accounting and license management isn’t the most trivial task for a corporate network. However, our team has tried to make the interface simple and friendly. We believe that our new user manual section will help you to catch up with all the nuances and reveal every feature of Total Network Inventory even faster.
TNI updates regularly, so we have not missed any single feature that was added recently. All of them have also taken their rightful place in our new user manual:
And of course, we haven’t forgotten our FAQ section. Now it is completely updated and supplemented, so finding information you need became even easier!
It was painstaking, a little boring, but very necessary part of work. At the same time TNI development doesn’t stand still. Soon we are going to please you with some new features: scanning network assets via Telnet, … anyway, we’ll tell you very soon.
Until next time!
When you rescan an asset that has already been scanned in the past, you probably want to get the most up-to-date information. And you also want to see what exactly has changed.
The latter used to be a rather tricky thing to do. But look!
- BIG FEATUREChange log.
How it works
A quick reminder: every time you scan an asset, TNI creates a new snapshot of it and puts it in your storage. In the View details tab you switch between snapshots using a date/time box next to the asset name:
In Options / Scanner you can tweak the way TNI treats snapshots. By default it stores up to 10 of them per asset and removes those more than 90 days old (except for the oldest one). Thus you probably have about 10 time points of data per asset, the oldest one being from the very first scan.
That’s a long story to tell, so it’s about time TNI became a storyteller.
The story of your network
There is a new tab in the main TNI area: the Change log tab. It works out of the box, so go ahead and click it. Select any asset with at least two snapshots and see what has been going on. History!
It’s pretty much straightforward.
The timeline is divided into Intervals. Each interval has a starting and an ending date and time—from corresponding snapshots. It also shows you at a glance how many changes were there.
Intervals contain Events grouped by object types.
Events represent things Added, Removed or Changed during that time.
You can see software being installed, uninstalled or updated…
…hotfixes being applied…
…services changing their state…
…hardware being moved around…
…and a lot more: look for changes in logon counters of user accounts to know who had used the computer, see disk space usage dynamics, devices changing error codes, items appearing in Windows autorun, etc. It’s all there for you now.
And to make browsing changes as easy and fast as it can be, we’ve implemented our trademark instant search, of course. And filters, too. If you don’t need some of all that data, just hide it using the sidebar. If you want to check for something in particular, just press Ctrl + F and type it in.
You can select multiple devices in the network tree, too. Select the root and see the History of All Your Network as a single report, and then, say, search for a software title to see each and every time it came up. Our data browsing is as always quick and powerful, so use this to your advantage.
Surely, the change log is also available in the form of printable report:
And that is the new Change log feature. It has proven so useful for us that we started using it in our own network as soon as we’ve built the first working prototype. We really think you are going to love it!
If you have any ideas as to how the change log could be improved, tell us! There’s an ocean of new possibilities here.
Can’t wait to hear from you. Till next time!
We remind you that as of version 3.0 (released March 3, 2014), optional one-year subscription for updates is introduced to TNI. By purchasing a license you get one year of free updates, and each subsequent year costs 20% the price of your license.
All users of TNI and TNI 2 got a free upgrade to TNI 3.0!
All users who have purchased their licenses between March 3, 2013 and March 3, 2014 are entitled to free updates till March 3, 2015.
Warning! All users who have purchased their licenses before March 3, 2013 may upgrade to TNI 3.1 for 20% of the cost of their licenses, thus extending the update period by another year. License keys purchased before March 3, 2013 will not work with TNI of version 3.1 and higher.