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15 March 2016
Feature highlights, Tips & Tricks, Total Network Inventory | Leave a comment

Conditions in table reports

Not everyone knows and uses such a killer feature of Total Network Inventory as table conditions, so today we would like to remind you about it and provide some usage examples, so you can see how it can make your work much easier.

First one is simple: imagine that you need a list of computers with less than 10GB free space left on the C drive before installing some huge OS update or a new software product. This can be achieved rather quickly:
Open the Table reports tab, copy the existing Logical disks template or create a similar one. Then click edit and add two simple conditions:

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That’s it, now you can see which computers may cause you trouble during the update or new installation.

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Now let’s try something a bit more complicated. For example, we need a condition to find all Intel computers running 64-bit Windows OS that meet the recommended system requirements of 64-bit Windows 10 (4 GB RAM). Is it possible? Easy!
Create a new template and add the following fields: “Operating system: Name”, “Operating system: Architecture”, “Processor: Name”, “RAM total capacity and modules” and “Network name”.
Then add the following conditions:

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Now you can see the result: and you’re free to start selecting computers for an upgrade or replacement so they can meet the requirements of the modern age.

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And how about software reports? Can we add conditions to filter them too? You bet! Let’s try finding outdated software without using the Software accounting tab. Let’s look for Adobe product installations that haven’t been updated this year as well as obsolete Skype installations. We can use the “Installed software” template this time, and, again, we’re going to need some conditions:

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And the resulting report in accordance with your request:

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That’s it for today. We hope you’ve found this information useful.
See you next time!


13 October 2015
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TNI 3.2.1: SNMPv3 support

The new TNI update is here, bringing you the long-awaited SNMPv3 support and a few minor fixes and updates:

  • BIG FEATURESupport for scanning of network devices via SNMP v2c and v3.
  • NewAbility to switch to Change log via keyboard: Ctrl+5.
  • ImprovedReporting of license usage on the status bar.
  • ImprovedCompatibility with Total Software Deployment when working with the same network storage.
  • FixedSAM: Returned ability to unmerge one software item from a collection.
  • FixedStandard actions “Reboot” and “Poweroff”.
  • FixedScan of SNMPv1 devices.



At last our users who have network devices that don’t support SNMPv1 are relieved. They can use the latest and secure version 3 of SNMP protocol to collect information from their devices. Hardware with SNMPv2c support was not forgotten as well. We would be glad to receive your feedback about this new feature.

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And as always, till next time!


08 September 2015
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TNI 3.2.0: Improved scan engine and direct ESX/ESXi scanning

Dear friends! Over the past 3 months we have spent a lot of time making significant improvements to our network scanner. We improved its stability, reliability and scanning speed. In addition, TNI now supports scanning VMware assets via HTTPS protocol.

Thus, at the moment TNI can scan virtually anything, with a single click:

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Now we can confidently say how a typical Softinventive product looks like smile

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And as always, we have many other improvements in the new version:

  • NewVMware login type: scanning of VMware ESX/ESXi via HTTPS.
  • New“Attachment” custom field for assets.
  • NewPossibility to clear the value of the custom field of “Date” type.
  • New“Used, GB” and “Free, %” fields in logical disks table reports for all supported systems.
  • ImprovedScanner engine (better network device discovery; modified settings; other improvements).
  • ImprovedScanner does not try to detect MAC addresses for hosts in other subnets any more.
  • ImprovedIndependent selections in the network tree (Up/Down and Alt+Up/Alt+Down).
  • ImprovedUpdated GUI for Windows 10.
  • FixedDetection of product keys for Office 2013 Home and Business (ClickToRun).
  • FixedSome issues with Linux and Mac scanners.
  • FixedSome issues with two copies of the program using the same storage at the same time.
  • FixedExport of table reports with date field to XLSX.

 

A little more info on several items:

In this release we’ve added a new login type: VMware. Now VMware ESX/ESXi servers can be scanned via the HTTPS protocol, because the SSH protocol is disabled by default. However, less data is gathered via HTTPS, so we still recommend enabling SSH for these servers and scanning them via this protocol.

The scanner engine has been improved. We removed the unnecessary online-status check settings and updated the scanner settings (port scan and network discovery). Please note, when “Safe profile” of the classic engine port scanned is enabled (by default), then no more than 4 ports are scanned for a single device. This allows avoiding a possible trigger of intrusion detection systems, like Symantec Endpoint Protection. At the same time, if you have logins specified for SSH, Telnet, and VMware protocols, then there can be “not enough space” for the last two of them and you won’t be able to scan assets via these protocols (the scanner will notify you). In this case, “Light profile” should be selected, which allows scanning 10 most frequently used ports, including 23 (Telnet) and 443 (HTTPS).

Moreover, we paid some time to update the automatic key detection for various versions of Office 2013—Home and Student, and Home and Business in particular. They install under the Click-To-Run scheme and store their data in the registry in a special way. This required a further scanner improvement.

By the way, we’ve already started working on adding support for SNMPv3 device scanning.

See you next time!