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Snow Inventory Server 5.2 (2017:2-Cloud Discovery)

Blog Post created by Myrja.Schumacher Employee on Sep 20, 2017

Product Update on Snow Inventory Server 5.2.0

Snow Inventory Server 5.2, part of the Snow Cloud Discovery release 2017:2, is released to market.

Organizations are struggling to gain visibility into the SaaS applications being used across their estates. Snow's new cloud discovery capabilities enable organizations to gain that visibility. By providing the details about which applications are being used, on what devices, by which users, and for how long, Snow provides decision makers with the insight to effectively control SaaS consumption and cost.

 

Release information

Product:                              Snow Inventory Server
New version:                      5.2 
Release date:                     September 20,  2017
Distribution                       MSI Setup package and SUS
Current status:                 Released

Features

Saas discovery and usage metering

Organizations are struggling to gain visibility into the SaaS applications being used across their estates. Snow's new cloud discovery capabilities enable organizations to gain that visibility. By providing the details about which applications are being used, on what devices, by which users, and for how long, Snow provides decision makers with the insight to effectively control SaaS consumption and cost.

To enable SaaS application information to be presented in Snow License Manager, the following feature has been added to Inventory Server 5.2.0:

  • Activation of Cloud Application Discovery and Metering from the Admin Console, for Windows agents running version 5.2.0 or higher.

The agents will receive metering rules and patterns through their regular connection with the Inventory Server and will include the SaaS data along with the regular scan result.

Note:

  • Cloud application metering rules are downloaded on the Inventory Server through the Snow Update Service (SUS). SUS needs to run once to upgrade the server and then again to download the rule files for the agents. The Inventory Server will start to apply the new rules after a configurable interval (default is 12 hours), see the user guide for details.

Enhancements

The following enhancements have been made in Inventory Server 5.2:

  • Azure and Amazon EC2 are now included in the list of supported hypervisor platforms. To avail of this functionality, installed agents need to be at least version 5.2 for Windows environments, and 5.1 for Linux.
  • Visualization of servers in the Admin Console has been improved through the addition of a "Last update" column. Servers that have been inactive for 7 days, or more, are marked in light grey.
  • For security reasons, the Inventory Server version number has been removed from the server splash screen.
  • To lower the impact on the network, the default network discovery interval has been increased from 30 seconds to 24 hours. This interval is configurable in the module configuration snowsoftware.inventory.discovery2.networkdiscoverymodule (see user guidefor details).
  • LDAP over SSL (LDAPS) paths are now supported for Active Directory discovery.
  • Performance improvements made in SQL data views will reduce the time it takes for the Data Update Job (DUJ) to complete.
  • A new setting (DaysOfCumulativeTableHistoryToKeep) has been added to control the number of days cumulative data, such as metering, metering concurrency, and user login information, are stored in the Inventory database.
  • Performance improvements have been made in AD discovery.

 

Corrections

The following corrections have been made in Inventory Server 5.2:

  • In the Admin Console, the scheduling page has been updated to better reflect the applicable settings in the agent (TFS: 18807)  
  • Virtual applications are now correctly exposed in the Data Update Job. (TFS: 20948)
  • Performance enhancements have been made in the process to delete users from the Data Update Job (TFS: 20950)

Known Limitation

A known limitation exists regarding the discovery data retrieved by new Snow Integration Connectors for Azure and Amazon EC2. Based on the current identity model, computers with the same hostname and IP-address will be merged. In an upcoming release, this will be adjusted to cater for situations where this is not the expected behavior. 

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