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.
And here is the update we promised:
- NewTelnet protocol support (scanning of network devices running BusyBox via Telnet).
- NewDetection of virtual machines running under KVM.
- NewNew currencies in the currency list.
- NewMS SQL Server 2014 detection support and 64-bit versions designation.
- NewNew fields for MS Windows and MS Office: product name, description, and license status.
- ImprovedComputers with multiple network interfaces are distinguished more correctly (to avoid duplication).
- ImprovedAll instant search fields support search by phrase (space-separated words are searched in any order and on any positions).
- ImprovedGUI improvements in the “Edit – Properties” panel (more space for long network names) and “Edit – Users” panel (resizeable user list).
- ImprovedMobile processors dictionary updated.
- FixedMS Office 2013 product keys detection.
- FixedLags when the “Edit – Users” panel is opened and the list of users is large.
- FixedDate format in Spanish locale.
A little more info on several items:
Telnet protocol support
New feature that allows TNI to gather previously unavailable information about modems, routers and other devices running embedded Linux OS that implements the BusyBox utilities set.
Detection of virtual machines running under KVM (Kernel Based Virtual Machine) supplements our list of recognizable virtual machines.
Search by phrase support
Search in TNI has become even easier now. Search by phrase support allows you to find programs, which names you remember only partially. For example, it’s enough to enter “mysql migration” in a search box to find “Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL” software. This feature is available not only in Software management, but in any instant search box. We’ve also kept the possibility to perform a strict search by phrase, to do so put your query in single or double quotes.
Aside, we would like to thank you for all the emails and feedback you write us. Thanks to you, we choose the most interesting direction of TNI development, we add new features, improve existing ones, and fix bugs. We read all your messages. Thanks to you, TNI becomes better!
Stay with us, till next time!
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!