Dear readers of our blog! Today’s post is all about the new version of Total Software Deployment. In this update, we bring you the expansion of the existing functionality and enhancements that will give you additional freedom when using the program. The new TSD will give you the ability to uninstall more software of various types, and any installer can now be updated right in the Software passport. Here is more or less the full list of changes:
- NewAbility to uninstall any software that stores a silent uninstall string in the registry. This string is collected when the assets are scanned using the updated scan agent.
- NewSoftware installer can be updated from its passport.
- NewContext menu in the list of installed software (includes a new ability to rescan assets directly from the list).
- ImprovedTest run algorithm and recording algorithms for Macro and System shot methods.
- ImprovedTest run’s result is now saved for the entire duration of a TSD session.
- ImprovedSoftware passport’s Language field was replaced with a more useful Note.
- ImprovedNew system of notification about trial version and license limitations.
- ImprovedAdvanced search queries can now be used in the Software passport’s search string and in System shot results.
- ImprovedIn the list of installed software, a new recommendation will be shown (to rescan a device if it was scanned using an old version of the agent).
- ImprovedIf the connection is lost during deployment or uninstallation, a correct warning will be shown instead of an unexpected error.
- ImprovedIf the Windows installer is already busy on the remote computer, deployment and uninstallation will wait for it to finish for 10 minutes.
- ImprovedConfiguration of waiting for the installer’s child processes. A separate configuration will now be saved for each method.
- ImprovedAdvanced mode of the MS Office configuration file editor (it’s now possible to specify any Product ID).
- ImprovedAlgorithm that obtains information and icons from the installer file is now able to work with very large files.
- FixedError when copying the deployment log file.
- FixedRestoration of the software storage from backup if it becomes corrupted.
- FixedError when loading the network storage.
- FixedErrors that may occur when working with the Macro editor.
- FixedError when importing the MS Office configuration file (in the Silent method).
- + Many other fixes and improvements.
A few more details about the main points:
We’re continuing to add to the list of programs that can be uninstalled with Total Software Deployment. So as not to stick just to MSI packages, version 2.1.0 introduces support for remote uninstallation of any types of packages that provide a quiet uninstall string. These include: Inno Setup, most Windows installer XML packages, some NSIS Setup packages, and also other, less known types.
Furthermore, a new mechanism will verify that a certain installation file is gone from the program folder after uninstallation. If the file is still present, then TSD will immediately let you know and offer to rescan the computer so you can see if the program was successfully uninstalled. Very convenient and reliable!
We’ll continue to delight you with further expansion of both the deployment and uninstallation functionality. After all, isn’t getting rid of software in a convenient fashion as important as making new installations?
Another new helpful feature is the ability to easily update the software version using the editor. Before, the only available option was to add the latest version as new software. Now this can be done right in the Software passport. Just point TSD to the new version of the installer, and the job is done. This lets you keep the settings in the Software passport and in the Silent method intact. However, packages recorded using Macro or System shot will not be saved in order to avoid any possible installation errors on a different version.
That’s all for today. We wish you an easy time in dealing with the software on your network!
P.S. Total Network Inventory 3 has also been recently updated. The full list of changes can always be found in the “Help – Check for Updates” window.
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.