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The connector to IBM’s BigFix system-management software has been overhauled. The connector now creates an inventory report similar to the CSV import of the pvu_sub_capacity.csv file. An opt-in feature has been added to enable inclusion of non-PVU software in the inventory report – data that is not included in the pvu_sub_capacity.csv file.

 

Release information

Product:                              Snow Integration Manager
New version:                      5.6
Build no:                             #459
Release date:                     November 30,  2017
Distribution                       Setup package
Current status:                  Released

Enhancements in SIM 5.6

BigFix connector
Based on customer feedback, the connector to IBM’s BigFix system-management software has been overhauled. The connector now creates an inventory report similar to the CSV import of the pvu_sub_capacity.csv file. An opt-in feature has been added to enable inclusion of non-PVU software in the inventory report – data that is not included in the pvu_sub_capacity.csv file.

ADDM connector now includes support for ADDM packages. 
Inventory data provided by ADDM is incomplete due to limitations in the ADDM Software Library. To overcome this issue, the ADDM connector now extracts ADDM packages, which contain the raw data about installed applications. When normalized through Snow’s Software Recognition Service (SRS), the package data together with the normalized software titles from ADDM produce an enriched inventory result.

ADDM connector – filter options
Additional filtering options for computers have been added to the connector enabling users to refine results of a search query. Two extra choices - ‘include’ and ‘exclude’ have been added to the existing ‘equals’ and ‘not equals’ filters.

iQuate connector – performance improvement
Performance issues related to the iQuate connector, particularly noticeable in large estates, have been addressed by creating temporary data tables and batch fetching results – live tests show significant performance improvements.

AWS connector – stopped instances of virtual machines are now shown in Snow License Manager

Airwatch connector – Smart Groups enabled
The connector now recognizes AirWatch Smart Groups. When enabled, Smart Groups are fetched from the AirWatch server and presented to the user in Snow License Manager. To import the computers within a Smart Group, select the group and import. Computers belonging to multiple groups selected for import will only be imported once.

 

Corrections in SIM 5.6

  • O365 connector: setup error ”Failed to get Customer” no longer occurs.
  • O365 connector: convert toJson error arising due to existence of quotes in usernames no longer arises.
  • SDM connector: now supports multiple SDM domains.
  • VMware connector: no longer crashes when VMs on a server are inaccessible.
  • AirWatch connector: no longer removes all values from connector properties window when AirWatch service is down.
  • AWS connector: now supports EU-West-2 as a region.

SIM Product Update

Snow Integration Manager 5.5, part of the Snow Cloud Discovery release 2017:2, is officially released to market

With SIM 5.5 Snow adds two new connectors for AWS and Azure discovery.

 

Release information

Product:                          Snow Integration Manager
New version:                   5.5
Build no:                          #343
Release date:                   September 27,  2017
Distribution                       Setup package
Current status:                 Released

 

New Features in SIM 5.5

CLOUD Infrastructure discovery

Uncontrolled release of cloud computing into an organization can lead to cloud sprawl, expensive software installs on unused machines, and incorrectly dimensioned VMs. The result is overspend and audit risk. Discovery mitigates these risks by providing visibility into the cloud infrastructure and revealing the blind spots, by uncovering the unknowns that are a potential source of risk.

Snow's Cloud Infrastructure Discovery solution gathers data from the cloud environment, to deliver visibility in terms of service level adoption and highlighting of non-inventoried virtual machines – lowering the potential for overspend and incompliance. 

New Connector - Azure Discovery

The Azure Discovery connector links to the Azure IaaS environment retrieving data about the current VM estate.

New Connector - AWS Discovery

The AWS Discovery connector links to the AWS IaaS environment retrieving data about the current VM estate. 

A new package was uploaded July 5, 2017:  SIM 5.4 build No.266

To accelerate the speed of Software Asset Management (SAM) adoption and minimize the disruption associated with implementing a new technology, Snow makes it easy to integrate the SAM platform with existing investments such as autodiscovery tools, IT Asset Management (ITAM) solutions and Service Desks.  

Snow Integration Connectors reduce both licensing and implementation costs by taking advantage of existing investments and avoiding technology duplication. 

Release information

Product:                  Snow Integration Manager

New version:          5.4

Release date:         June 21, 2017

Distribution:           Setup package

Current status:      QA approved

 

Features in Snow Integration Manager 5.4

ServiceNow Catalog 2.0.x connector enhancements*

The Snow for ServiceNow Catalog connector is now a certified ServiceNow scoped application. To integrate this connector into ServiceNow, the corresponding ServiceNow app needs to be installed into the ServiceNow instance from the ServiceNow Store. Please
review the Installation and Configuration User Guide for Snow for ServiceNow for more details.


Technical enhancements included in this release are:

  • Moved from Global to scoped application
  • Added to Software Models:
    • license_metric
    • application_family
    • application_family_id
  • Added support for license compliance check towards non-DMZ exposed SLM webAPI by utilizing the ServiceNow MID server component as a proxy server
  • Bug fixes and general improvements


ServiceNow CMDB 2.0.x connector enhancements*

The Snow for ServiceNow CMDB connector is now a certified ServiceNow scoped application. To integrate this connector into ServiceNow, the corresponding ServiceNow app needs to be installed into the ServiceNow instance from the ServiceNow Store. Please review the user guide for more details


Additional technical enhancements:

  • Added to Users:
    • snow_organization
  • Added to Computers:
    • snow_organization
  • Added mobile devices
  • Bug fixes and general improvements

 

*When upgrading from an earlier version of the ServiceNow integration connectors, review the user guide, upgrade guide, and migration guide thoroughly before upgrading the integration between Snow and ServiceNow.


Corrections in Snow Integration Manager 5.4

  • Office 365 connector now supports proxy e-mail addresses

 

Release information

Product:                       Snow Integration Manager

New version:               5.2.1

Release date:              March 14,  2017 

Distribution:                Setup package

Current status:           Released

 

Enhancements 

  • A new output folder for announcement files (DiscoveryData) has been introduced
  • Text box and labels are now left aligned in the BigFix connector
  • Consolidation of connector names

Corrections

  • When a new log-level is set, SIM now dynamically recognizes it, no longer requiring a restart of the application (TFS10240)
  • Chassi tags and service tags are now collected from servers within the Cisco Blade Enclosure.
  • Servers no longer show up in the vSphere web client with the same serial numbers (TFS12933, TFS7378)
  • SIM no longer defaults to a lower TLS protocol for BigFix connector, and logs are available again (TFS15308)
  • SCCM connector no longer generates duplicate client tags in Snow xml files (TFS14918, TFS15679)

 

Released January 26

 

Release information

Product:                       Snow Inventory Agent for Unix

New version:               5.0.3

Release date:              January 26, 2017

Distribution:                Snow Update Service

Current status:            Released

 

Enhancements in Snow InventoryAgent for Unix 5.0.3

  • Help text is now available through the command line argument ‘-h’ aligning with agents for other platforms (MacOS, Linux, and Windows)
  • Running the Unix agent without command line arguments performs a scan, even if connection is not available to Inventory Server. The scan now runs as soon as the connection becomes available.
Released January 19

Release information

Product:                               Snow Integration Manager (SIM)

New version:                       5.2

Release date:                      January 19, 2017

Distribution:                        Setup package

Current status:                    Released

 

New functionality in Snow Integration Manager 5.2

Added support for Snow for ServiceNow Express

ServiceNow Express - CMDB Integration enables organizations to use multiple inventory sources to populate the CMDB in ServiceNow Express with common vendor names, application titles, and versions.  Snow Software - CMDB Integration populates the CMDB in ServiceNow Express with cleansed and normalized data incorporating all IT assets (hardware and software) across all IT platforms in use by the organization. This makes it easier and faster for ServiceNow Express users to achieve their goals in areas such as request management, change management, cost management, incident resolution and problem management.

The IQuate connector now supports gathering inventory information on Linux applications from iQSonar.

Corrections in Snow Integration Manager 5.2

  • The IBM BigFix connector now supports data consolidation for scenarios with multiple inventory sources. (13049)
  • Fixed an issue where MDM connectors did not deliver OS type properly. (13816)

It's my pleasure to announce the official release of Snow Integration Manager 5.1.1

 

Released December 8
- Release information -

 

Product: Snow Integration Manager (SIM)
New version: 5.1.1
Release date: December 8, 2016
Distribution: Setup package
Current status: Released

 


Corrections in Snow Integration Manager 5.1.1

 

BigFix Connector – correction of missing PVU-values for some software instances. The correct software version is now retrieved from instances with PVU values. 

 

Snow Integration Manager 5.1.1 Release Notes