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02 December 2014
Feature highlights, Tips & Tricks, Total Network Inventory | 1 Comment

Beginners’ guide to Software Asset Management module: Filters.

Part 2: “Filters”.

And we are continuing our series of tutorials. As we promised, today we’re going to describe the most popular filters and advise how to apply them best.

All filters are located right under the “Software” and “Licenses” tabs and have the following form:

While filters are not enabled, the main list will display all of the software from all scanned workstations.

Use “Asset filter” to display a list of software on specific workstations. Select a device, several devices (make sure that the “Multiple selection” box is checked) or a group in the network tree to use it.

Another important point is filtering software by publisher or title. It allows for considerably faster tracking of workstations with outdated software versions. Simply enter software title or select a publisher from the list:

If you frequently monitor the same software, try adding it through the “Saved searches” option found in the list of filters instead of typing the software titles every time. It will save you time on each subsequent search.

That’s all for now. We hope our simple tips would prove useful in practice.

See you next time!

 


01 December 2014
Feature highlights, Tips & Tricks, Total Network Inventory | Leave a comment

Beginners’ guide to Software Asset Management Module: Getting Started.

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.


11 November 2014
Releases, Total Network Inventory | 2 Comments

TNI 3.1.2: Scanning via Telnet and other improvements

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.

KVM detection

Detection of virtual machines running under KVM (Kernel Based Virtual Machine) supplements our list of recognizable virtual machines.

 

KVM support

 

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!