Centero Software Manager now has the new feature our clients have been waiting for. With the brand new CSM Inventory functionality, CSM has more features than ever, for instance in its reporting functions.
The newly-developed CSM Inventory feature gives you access to a wide range of information on your organization’s workstation environment. If you are not using a separate inventory system, the best solution for managing workstation-related information is CSM’s own, diverse Inventory tool.
Software Manager Inventory is the tool number one for any network admin. The most important function of the Inventory functionality is gathering information related to workstation environment and presenting the information in an easy-to-digest form. With the help of Inventory, it only takes a few clicks to complete tasks that used to demand a lot of manual labor. Importing reports and records to Excel is now a one-click task.
Wide selection of report types and help to licensing audits
In addition to producing reports for environment maintenance and decision-making, the tool comes in handy in licensing audits as well.
Licensing audits usually come when you least expect them. With the Inventory functionality you can quickly find out what Microsoft products your organization uses, and the licenses they are used with.
With Inventory you can process a very wide selection of information related to your organization’s workstations. Because of this, a client can always determine what information to include in the inventory in the first place; this is essential privacy-wise. To use the Inventory function, all your organization’s workstations need to have an “inventory block”.
When you log in as a user, the Software Manager Inventory menu has the following views:
* Windows Defender,
* Event Logs,
* Local Groups,
* Logical Disks,
* Network Adapters,
* Package Source Lists,
* Windows Update Settings,
* Windows Updates.
Windows Defender and Computer menus
Windows Defender tab comes first in the Inventory menu. From this tab you’ll find a report that tells you, as the name suggests, the status of the Windows Defender protection in your workstation environment. With this report you can centrally monitor whether or not all the environment’s devices are using the required cyber security.
From the Computers-menu an IT-admin can easily check the memory available on devices, for instance if a need emerges to install new business applications or larger CAD-applications on the environment’s devices. With the wide selection of different filters you can perform searches and group together devices which lack memory for the needed application installations, and take actions accordingly.
For example, if you need to group the devices based on minimum requirements, you can do this using the CPU information available in this view.
From the Computer view you can see with one quick glance how many devices of a certain type there are within your environment. You can group the results, which makes the information easier to manage, for example when you need the reports to back you up in decision-making. For instance, there is a separate column that allows you to group the results according to the used operation system.
Software – here you’ll find the key info on applications
Software view is one of the most important views in Centero Software Manager. From the Software tab you can check the status of your applications and make an inventory of all the applications on a certain device. In this view you can take a look at a single device and its applications: when were they installed, who’s the publisher, and what is the type and version of the installation.
From the version database you can check, in a centralized manner, if any of the environment’s workstations are running outdated application versions, which is essential information when it comes to cyber security.
Windows Update Settings and other functions
Windows Updates tab contains, as you can guess from the name, information related to the operating system’s updates. When Microsoft releases an update, with this function you can check if any devices are still running an older version. If the Windows updates cause you problems, the Windows Updates tab is a good place to start solving any trouble on the operating system level.
With the Software Manager Inventory, you have an easy access to the action logs of the environment’s workstations. The information found from the Event Logs tab can be crucial in different troubleshooting situations. For instance, if your organization is experiencing repeated network issues, the content of the action log can help determine the scope and cause of the malfunction.
Local Groups view gathers the information on local user groups. On this tab you can check if the users have admin rights for their own workstations, and much more.
From Logical Disks view you can check the available free disk space. This is a useful view especially when installing larger applications. From the Network Adapters menu, you’ll find information related to network topology, such as the devices’ MAC addresses.
The Service tab offers information on the status of the operating systems’ background services. This function of the Inventory service can offer a solution, if it seems like the background services might be indirectly causing the problems.
Intelligent reporting at the core of product development
According to Teemu Tiainen from Centero, the Inventory tool is in constant product development.
“Our idea is to develop the tool into an even more user-friendly direction. Our plan is, that in the future the information in the Inventory reports will be presented even more visually. In the so-called Insights reports the information will be in a well-structured, pre-chewed form, presented as easily digestible graphs. Intelligent and illustrative reports will be a central part of the Inventory tool”, explains Teemu Tiainen, and continues:
“Our idea is that in the future the service might be able to generate alerts to the end client. For instance, if the number of outdated application versions reaches a critical point in the client’s environment, the service would send a portal notification or an email alert. Similar alerts could be constructed using different variables, such as disk space.”