Hello, dear readers of our blog! It’s been a long time since the last major Total Software Deployment update. But today we certainly have a big one! Since the release of the very first version, we knew that TSD would eventually gain this feature, and numerous feedbacks have confirmed that it’s essential.
As you may have guessed, today’s update is dedicated to the new remote MSI uninstallation module. There’s no need for any more scripts or parameters. A few mouse clicks – and the unnecessary program will be correctly uninstalled on just one, a few or all network computers. The new functionality is very convenient and gives complete freedom of action!
- BIG FEATUREUninstallation of MSI packages.
- BIG FEATUREThe list of software installed on computers in the network storage.
- BIG FEATURENew technology for deploying MSI packages using the Silent method.
- NewSearch in the List of installed software. Allows to find any software on computers in the network storage.
- NewGroup of deployment and uninstallation settings.
- NewWhen the deployment is complete, you can now filter the results according to whether the deployment was successful, and then save the filtered deployment targets to a new list.
- NewOption to automatically save computers with deployment errors to a new list of deployment targets.
- NewOption to automatically rescan computers if the deployment was successful.
- ImprovedParameters for recording the Silent method for the MSI installer type were changed. The default command line was changed, and an information panel with recommendations was added.
- ImprovedBoth storages can now be searched using logical AND and OR operations (‘+’ and ‘,’ respectively).
- ImprovedMultiple selection in the network tree. It can now be used when working with computer properties, logins and the list of installed software.
- FixedErrors when adding computers with certain properties to the Deployment targets list.
- FixedErrors when halting deployment.
- FixedDeployment failure when the “Use network discovery” setting is off.
- + Many other fixes and improvements.
The full changelog can be found on the update screen in the program itself.
First off, we want to highlight the new Uninstall tab. Now nothing prevents you from removing programs from network computers as easily as installing them! Select one or more computers in the tree, and you’ll see a complete list of software installed on them. Using search, you can quickly find the necessary (or rather, unnecessary) programs in the list. What remains is to put them on the uninstall task list and press one button:
It’s worth noting that you don’t need its MSI package in order to uninstall a program. It’s enough to just to scan the computer and select the soon-to-be-uninstalled software from the list. Simple and easy. In the future updates, we plan to expand the list of supported installer types.
Another important feature of this update is the new MSI package deployment engine. This improvement will greatly improve the likelihood of successful deployment when using the Silent method. You will also have an opportunity to analyze any errors that may occur in detail. And most notably, now you don’t need to worry about the installation context. TSD works correctly with packages configured to be installed either per-user or per-machine.
If you go to program options in TSD 2, you will find new sections dealing with Deployment and Uninstallation. Now TSD can automatically rescan the computers where deployment was completed successfully. And as for those computers where errors have occurred during the deployment, TSD can automatically save them to a separate list of deployment targets. This will allow you to easily attempt deployment again after having identified and removed the cause of these errors. Also, on the deployment panel, we added buttons allowing to manually filter and save such lists:
In addition, several aspects of the network tree were improved to allow for better usability: the search engine, the filters, and the way the computers are displayed and selected. And these are only some of the improvements that you will encounter!
We love sharing good news with you, but it’ll be much better if you check out all the new Total Software Deployment features in action! You can download the update either by following this link or in the program itself, by clicking Help – Check for updates. Until next time!
P.S.: don’t forget to keep checking for updates to Total Network Inventory. As we’ve already mentioned, it will bring improvements to the AD synchronization feature.
Hi, readers. No, we have not gone missing. We are still here, still coding.
Having finished version 3.4 additions and improvements, the TNI team set out to enhance the existing capabilities of the program. At the moment, we are working on in-depth refactoring and reengineering of the core TNI functionality. In March and April, we released two updates featuring online state monitoring improvements.
Today’s update contains fixes for some flaws that were reported by users in the recent months.
- NewAbility to use logins with blank passwords.
- NewSize of installed software (Windows).
- NewDetection of Windows 10 version ID and minor build numbers.
- FixedHyper-V VMs were detected as Virtual PC (Windows).
- FixedPASSWORD template for custom actions.
- FixedDisplay of AD users with UPN suffix.
- FixedDisplay of icons for Windows 8 & 10, Server 2012 & 2016.
- FixedIncorrect detection of macOS Sierra 10.12.
- + Some other fixes and improvements.
Also in June, we plan to release a completely redesigned module for working with AD. And after, we have plans to improve the speed and stability of the scanner as a whole.
We’re making TNI faster and more reliable and stable. Do not forget to check for updates in the program!
Neither have we stopped working on Total Software Deployment. A major update is actually right around the corner. We’re sure that the new feature is just what you’ve been waiting for.
Hello, friends! Today we want to share the latest news on Total Software Deployment. Last week’s update contains some long-awaited changes. It’s not a huge list, but of course quality is more important than quantity:
- NewSupport for Powershell scripts.
- NewAssistant “OS architecture” for the network tree.
- NewDeployment-related setting “Logged in user not required” in Software passport.
- NewTimestamps for desktop and deployment log messages.
- NewAbility to add a batch file as consisting of more than one file.
- ImprovedNetwork storage assistants now displayed in the order they have been added in.
- ImprovedAssistants “OS” and “Online status” now accept multiple conditions.
- ImprovedRecording of macros using the service is performed in an environment more similar to one used during playback on remote machines. This eliminates certain differences in installer steps and fixes possible errors when running the installer.
- FixedDisappearance of the list of recently opened storages.
- FixedState of nodes in storage trees (expanded/collapsed) not being saved in certain cases.
- FixedIncorrect behavior of the addon installer process during macro recording if the previous installer includes controls that are incompatible with the Macro method.
- FixedBatch file started incorrectly when performing a Test run or recording a macro or sysshot if the storage is located on a shared resource.
- FixedUnexpected error during deployment if the preceding program was deployed using the macro method.
- Many other fixes and improvements.
Now, let’s focus on the main features.
The new ability to deploy PowerShell scripts received a lot of attention from the developer team:
- All released versions of PowerShell are supported.
- You can deploy parameterized scripts using the Silent method.
- When the script is being deployed, the PowerShell prompt may display error messages or other information. TSD collects all the script output, and you can view it via a link provided both in the deployment log and in Software deployment history. This way, you will always be informed about the events that occur during deployment!
One of the most anticipated features has been the ability to deploy software to computers where the user is not logged in. At last, you can use TSD to execute the full range of deployment tasks on remote servers in your network: to install necessary software, to run a batch file or a PowerShell script. Now it’s more convenient than ever before. But be aware that certain programs may require the user session to be active during installation. Otherwise, errors may occur in their further operation.
In addition, the network storage assistants have been slightly updated, and a new one, OS Architecture, was added. Now you’ll be just one click away from filtering your computers by system bitness. Assistants Online status and Operating system received a necessary little upgrade. Now several conditions can be selected at the same time: tick whichever Windows versions you’re interested in, add the online status filter, and choose architecture as a finishing touch. The result will be exactly what you’re looking for!
That’s it for today. Are you looking forward to more news from our development team? Rumor has it, an update for Total Network Monitor 2 is imminent. See you soon.