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16 June 2014

TNI 3.1.0: The Change Log

When you rescan an asset that has already been scanned in the past, you probably want to get the most up-to-date information. And you also want to see what exactly has changed.

The latter used to be a rather tricky thing to do. But look!

  • BIG FEATUREChange log.

 

How it works

A quick reminder: every time you scan an asset, TNI creates a new snapshot of it and puts it in your storage. In the View details tab you switch between snapshots using a date/time box next to the asset name:

Snapshot_menu

In Options / Scanner you can tweak the way TNI treats snapshots. By default it stores up to 10 of them per asset and removes those more than 90 days old (except for the oldest one). Thus you probably have about 10 time points of data per asset, the oldest one being from the very first scan.

That’s a long story to tell, so it’s about time TNI became a storyteller.

The story of your network

There is a new tab in the main TNI area: the Change log tab. It works out of the box, so go ahead and click it. Select any asset with at least two snapshots and see what has been going on. History!

[Changed] Software item: Total Network Inventory — Version: 3.0.0 → 3.1.0

It’s pretty much straightforward.

The timeline is divided into Intervals. Each interval has a starting and an ending date and time—from corresponding snapshots. It also shows you at a glance how many changes were there.

History interval

Intervals contain Events grouped by object types.

Events represent things + Added, – Removed or ○ Changed during that time.

You can see software being installed, uninstalled or updated…

Software history

…hotfixes being applied…

Hotfixes history

…services changing their state…

Services history

…hardware being moved around…

Hardware history

…and a lot more: look for changes in logon counters of user accounts to know who had used the computer, see disk space usage dynamics, devices changing error codes, items appearing in Windows autorun, etc. It’s all there for you now.

And to make browsing changes as easy and fast as it can be, we’ve implemented our trademark instant search, of course. And filters, too. If you don’t need some of all that data, just hide it using the sidebar. If you want to check for something in particular, just press Ctrl + F and type it in.

You can select multiple devices in the network tree, too. Select the root and see the History of All Your Network as a single report, and then, say, search for a software title to see each and every time it came up. Our data browsing is as always quick and powerful, so use this to your advantage.

Surely, the change log is also available in the form of printable report:

Printable report

And that is the new Change log feature. It has proven so useful for us that we started using it in our own network as soon as we’ve built the first working prototype. We really think you are going to love it!

If you have any ideas as to how the change log could be improved, tell us! There’s an ocean of new possibilities here.

Can’t wait to hear from you. Till next time!


We remind you that as of version 3.0 (released March 3, 2014), optional one-year subscription for updates is introduced to TNI. By purchasing a license you get one year of free updates, and each subsequent year costs 20% the price of your license.

All users of TNI and TNI 2 got a free upgrade to TNI 3.0!

All users who have purchased their licenses between March 3, 2013 and March 3, 2014 are entitled to free updates till March 3, 2015.

Warning! All users who have purchased their licenses before March 3, 2013 may upgrade to TNI 3.1 for 20% of the cost of their licenses, thus extending the update period by another year. License keys purchased before March 3, 2013 will not work with TNI of version 3.1 and higher.

Categories: Feature highlights, Releases, Tips & Tricks, Total Network Inventory

4 thoughts on “TNI 3.1.0: The Change Log

  1. Patrick Kerrigan on 16 June 2014 at 18:43 said:

    I ran the update on my installation and it now comes up with a prompt that my license is not valid for this version. It would have been nice if there was a warning before the update that my license would no longer work. Pretty frustrated. I now need to uninstall the software and reinstall an older version so that I can use it until I can get the updated license.

    • Hi Patrick,
      Have you updated your installation automatically (from TNI itself) or manually (by downloading the new version from the web-site)? If automatically, which version have you updated from? The point is that all latest versions of 3.0.0 and 3.0.1 would not let you auto-update to 3.1 if your license is not valid for it and would offer to renew your license first.
      It’s our fault that we have not warned about it in this blog post, but we’ll fix this now. Our apologies for the inconvenience. You can get the latest version of 3.0.1 that works for all older licenses here.

  2. George Carr on 9 September 2014 at 14:28 said:

    TNI3 is a great product, but I have one issue I have not found an answer to.
    I want to see the available disk space for each individual disk on a PC.
    As far as I can see the program will give that info if there is only one drive. If multiple drives it gives the total of all those drives not each individual one.
    Hopefully I am overlooking something.

    Can you help?

    Thank you.

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