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Canary release starting August 13, 2019

Release information

Product:                 Snow License Manager
New version:          9.3.2
Revision No:           430
Build No:                7139
Release date:         13 August 2019 onwards
Distribution:           SUS package

Current status:      Released (Canary)

Note:

This version of SLM will be released in a Canary deployment mode starting 13 Aug 2019 where you should expect to receive the update either on the day mentioned or in the subsequent days (up to two weeks) following the initial availability.

There will be a subsequent update of SLM that will be made available a couple of weeks later on 28 Aug 2019, this being SLM 9.3.3. Customers are advised to review the release notes of SLM 9.3.3 so that they can make a decision to update sooner with SLM 9.3.2 with the expectation to update later with SLM 9.3.3 OR wait until SLM 9.3.3 availability. The release notes for SLM 9.3.3 may be found here in order to help with deployment decision making.

Corrections in Snow License Manager 9.3.2:

  • The "Last Discovered Date" field is now properly saved even when software has been removed from a computer (PRB0042392, PRB0042459).
  • The Web Configurator tool is now able to extract hardware identifiers on a Japanese operating system (PRB0042455).
  • Column headers should not be HTML encoded anymore (PRB0042357).
  • Correction made to where the EventStore did not create a new password if the password in the database was set to NULL (PRB0042406).
  • When editing a License, under the Maintenance & Support tab, the calendars for maintenance periods have been updated with yearly and monthly dropdown options (PRB0042323).
  • Stock report filtering for Red Hat is using criteria "Red Hat%" However, the customer might have Red Hat Installations called "Linux Red Hat" therefore, the report is NOT showing "All Computers with Red Hat Operating System" This has now been corrected (PRB0042449).
  • Fixed organization criteria in report "Devices per remote server" (PRB0042315).
  • Notifications for expired and expiring licenses now take maintenance periods into account (PRB0042285).
  • Missing translation when exporting instances on the oracle instances page (PRB0042421).
  • The License edit page does now allow the user to past information into the purchase price and quantity column (PRB0042314).
  • Removed redundant options from the notification's criteria (PRB0042471).
  • The import configuration file is incorrectly setting the import type for agreements to "agreement" should be "contract". This has been fixed now (PRB0042474).
  • While removing an overridden bundle you will now be prompted to move any license assigned to the application (PRB0042475).
  • Improved logic of the groups-part of the software recognition step, in the data update job, lowering the overall execution time (PRB0042461).
  • Optimizations have been made to the Device Applications Bundles Update step in the Update Job (PRB0042486).
  • Possible to have Support and Maintenance cost between 0 and 1.
  • Windows Server reports show one row per host if host is covered by multiple licenses.
  • "Has Windows Server VMs" exclusion computer filter works as expected.
  • License assignment tooltip shows the correct information for Windows server family.
  • Exclusion list can be exported into SLM supported formats.
  • Custom fields assigned to applications are now reassigned to new applications during SRS data transfer (PRB0042358).
  • The API will no longer show an exception page when trying to list applications in scenarios where blacklisted applications criteria overlap (PRB0042409).
  • 'Programs and Features' now display the correct major version of SLM (PRB0042454).

Hi SnowGlobe,

today I want to share with you all the Training and Learning options we offer. I think this is a very relevant topic, as a continuous study and a deeper knowledge are always necessary to get the most from everything and, in this case, from Snow Software applications.

We have a very skilled team that works to offer and tailor training options. Below I've summarized them, but feel free to contact your dedicated Snow Account Manager in case you need more information about what we can offer.

 

Global Training

Official Snow product training will help you to get the most out of Snow solutions. Training is aimed at both beginners and SAM professionals. Ideally, you should start the training program with the Snow Inventory Administrator or the SLM User Training - depending on your individual area of responsibility.

 

Available Courses:

• Snow Inventory Administrator (SIA 1-day course)
• Snow Licence Manager User (SLMU 2- day course)
• Snow Licence Manager Advanced User (SLMAU 1-day course)
• Snow Automatic Platform Administrator (SAPA 1-day course)
• Snow Optimizer for SAP Software – available only in Hamburg.
• Snow Device Manager Administrator SDMA – currently available only in Sweden or bespoke

 

All courses are certified, and a short exam is taken at the end of each course. You can find our scheduled courses here: https://www.snowsoftware.com/int/resources/training 

 

Language Options

The default language for our training is English. However, courses are offered in German from our Stuttgart and Hamburg hubs. French and Italian courses are also delivered from our location sites in Paris and Milan.

 

Training Hubs

We have 4 main training hubs all of which offer a dedicated training room. Except Hamburg one, the other facilities include laptops for delegate use.

 

  • Bracknell, UK
  • Stuttgart, Germany
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Solna, Sweden

On-Premise Training

You may have several staff members who require training and deem it easier to have trainers visit your premises. This can be arranged for a maximum of 10 delegates and either a standard course delivered or something more tailored to specific needs. (Please contact your Account Manager to ask for more information or request it)

 

How to book onto a classroom training course. 

You can book onto a training course selecting the desired one/s via the Snow website: Training.

This prompts a request and your place will be confirmed once availability has been checked and booking authorized.

 

Alternatively, you can liaise with your Account Manager to request a place.

 

Subscriptions

A good value for money option is to purchase a subscription. We have 2 options available that can allow a group of users to enroll onto an unlimited number of courses at the training hub. Please contact your Snow Account Manager to know more about the details of this offer.

 

Online Learning (Partners only)

The Snow Academy is currently only available to Partners. 

A Snow Identity will provide you with direct access to the Snow Academy, Snow Support Portal as well as the Snow Globe Community. If you already have a Snow Identity, simply login via the dedicated link using the ‘login with Single Sign On’ button and begin your learning program. If you haven’t got a Snow Identity you can self-register here: Register for Snow Identity.

 

Note: Of course our Training team is working to expand the current offer, to extend the courses to more recipients and include always up to date topics. 

 

I hope this post is helpful to know more about the available options. Feel free to contact us if you have more questions about it!

Released August 6, 2019

Please see all info here

Due for release August 13th (tentative)

Release information

Product:                  Snow License Manager
New version:          9.3.2
Revision No:           430
Build No:                7139
Release date:         13 August 2019
Distribution:           SUS package

Current status:      QA Approved

Corrections in Snow License Manager 9.3.2:

  • The "Last Discovered Date" field is now properly saved even when software has been removed from a computer (PRB0042392, PRB0042459).
  • The Web Configurator tool is now able to extract hardware identifiers on a Japanese operating system (PRB0042455).
  • Column headers should not be HTML encoded anymore (PRB0042357).
  • Correction made to where the EventStore did not create a new password if the password in the database was set to NULL (PRB0042406).
  • When editing a License, under the Maintenance & Support tab, the calendars for maintenance periods have been updated with yearly and monthly dropdown options (PRB0042323).
  • Stock report filtering for Red Hat is using criteria "Red Hat%" However, the customer might have Red Hat Installations called "Linux Red Hat" therefore, the report is NOT showing "All Computers with Red Hat Operating System" This has now been corrected (PRB0042449).
  • Fixed organization criteria in report "Devices per remote server" (PRB0042315).
  • Notifications for expired and expiring licenses now take maintenance periods into account (PRB0042285).
  • Missing translation when exporting instances on the oracle instances page (PRB0042421).
  • The License edit page does now allow the user to past information into the purchase price and quantity column (PRB0042314).
  • Removed redundant options from the notification's criteria (PRB0042471).
  • The import configuration file is incorrectly setting the import type for agreements to "agreement" should be "contract". This has been fixed now (PRB0042474).
  • While removing an overridden bundle you will now be prompted to move any license assigned to the application (PRB0042475).
  • Improved logic of the groups-part of the software recognition step, in the data update job, lowering the overall execution time (PRB0042461).
  • Optimizations have been made to the Device Applications Bundles Update step in the Update Job (PRB0042486).
  • Possible to have Support and Maintenance cost between 0 and 1.
  • Windows Server reports show one row per host if the host is covered by multiple licenses.
  • "Has Windows Server VMs" exclusion computer filter works as expected.
  • License assignment tooltip shows the correct information for Windows server family.
  • Exclusion list can be exported into SLM supported formats.
  • Custom fields assigned to applications are now reassigned to new applications during SRS data transfer (PRB0042358).
  • The API will no longer show an exception page when trying to list applications in scenarios where blacklisted applications criteria overlap (PRB0042409).
  • 'Programs and Features' now display the correct major version of SLM (PRB0042454).

Released August 6

Release information

Product:                            Snow License Manager
New version:                     8.3.10
Build No:                           7130 
Revision No:                     429
Release date:                   6 August 2019
Distribution:                     SUS  package
Current status:                Released

Corrections in Snow License Manager 8.3.10:

  • Amazon Linux servers are now correctly marked as servers. (PRB0042383).
  • The 'Help' section links in both 'Snow License Manager' and 'Snow Management and Configuration Center' have been updated to point to the correct versions of the products. (PRB0042244).
  • The column "Databases" has been changed to "Instances" in the Oracle Overview page. (PRB0041899, PRB0042345).
  • The columns "Created" and "IP address" are now included in the scheduled export of the "Computers that are not inventoried" report. (PRB0041194)
  • The graphs in the O365 overview page have been improved, to better visualize the data for user activity counts. (PRB0041851).
  • Improved logic of the groups-part of the software recognition step, in the data update job, lowering the overall execution time. (PRB0042327).
  • The API will no longer show an exception page when trying to list applications in scenarios where blacklisted applications criteria overlap. (PRB0042409).
  • It's no longer possible to add new rules to a globally generated application (PRB0042368).
  • The Software Update step in the Data Update Job has been optimized to help prevent performance issues that arise in platforms with large amounts of data. (PRB0042448).
  • The "Computers per type" widget, on the Computers overview page, has been corrected, resulting in the "Virtual Servers" and "Virtual machines" computer types now displaying their respective associated data. (PRB0042431).
Rory Canavan

SAM Charter - Video Page

Posted by Rory Canavan Jul 26, 2019

Over time, we have created a plethora of quality visual material, but hunting for it on YouTube can be an utter pain. Well let's take that pain away! Presuming SLM is in place, and has been installed and configured, you will be looking for guidance on what to do next...

 

Do not make the mistake of assuming that everything in SAM happens in SLM - it happens in the IT estate, and you need to plug it into that accordingly to ensure you can demonstrate and effective ROI in SLM.

 

The link to all of our guidance videos is below:

 

https://www.samcharter.com/videos/

 

Any questions please get in touch

Released on 19th July 2019

Release information

Product:                            Snow Management and Configuration Center (SMACC)
New version:                     2.0
Build:                                 69
SUS Revision:                    433
Release date:                    July 19, 2019
Distribution:                      SUS
Current status:                 Released

Release Information 

This version of Snow Management and Configuration Center (SMACC) introduces support for Admin Console plugin for Snow Inventory Server 6.0.7 and the latest Snow License Manager plugin.

Buongiorno, SnowGlobe!

Do you know we have some user guides in additional languages, other than English?

If not, please access our Knowledge Base and you'll find all there!

 

Anyway, to simplify the search I'm adding here the current ones for the web interface of Snow License Manager 9:

 

 

Note: in each KB Article page, you can click on the "Subscribe" button (on the top right), to get a notification every time the User Guide is updated.

[Updated on 12/04/2019]


As you may know, in our Knowledge Base we collect all the most up to date documents and guides about our software. You can filter the data by topic or by category and even order for the "last update" field, but why not having here a quick list of the most up to date documents about SLM 9.0.x? 

 

So, here they are:

 

      User Guide for Snow Management and Configuration Center for the administration of License Manager.

      US English version of the User Guide: Web User Interface Snow License Manager version 9. 

 

 

      This Technical Description describes how the Snow License Manager web user interface allows users to sign in       while Data Update Job runs and what areas are made unavailable when which stored procedures are executed.

 

 

 

I hope you find them helpful. In case you need more information about our SnowGlobe Community, our tools, forums and trainings, please check this link: Welcome to Snow – Where to start and things to know 

 Note: in each KB Article page, you can click on the "Subscribe" button (on the top right), to get a notification every time the User Guide is updated.

In Snow Management And Configuration Console (SMACC) there's a specific section dedicated to the yet unrecognized software. If you have that software installed on one or more computers in your company, you can help us to add the full definition to the list. To do so, it's quite easy and some steps can really help you to provide us complete and relevant data.

  1. Download the SRS Request Template from this link: SRS Template v4.2 
  2. Fill all the mandatory columns with a special attention to:
    • Official Product Name*
    • Official Manufacturer*
    • Official Version*
    • Full Installation Path Including Main Executable*
  3. Save the file in XLS format and send it to our Support Team

What if you miss some of this information? 
To provide the best definitions, that can be valid for each of our customers, we need to be sure that all the necessary data is included in the most precise way. There's a simple trick to collect this data directly from your SMACC with a report. 
Note: Please be sure to have ready the name of the computer/s that have that application already installed and that a Snow agent has already performed an inventory scan.

These steps will help you to collect the missing fields:

  1. Open SMACC and select "Inventory Admin Console"
  2. Open "Devices"
  3. Click on the "Add View" field (available at the top, which is used to create the report)
  4. Name the report as you prefer
  5. In the next step, select the required fields:
    • Device \ Computer name
    • Software \ Software name
    • Software \ SW Manufacturer
    • Software \ Software version
    • Software \ SW path name
  6. Next, filter the report for the computer you are looking for with the installed application
    • Select the Device \ Computer name field
    • Specify "EQUALS" as the condition
    • And specify the name of the computer
  7. Click "Save" so that the report view is created and is now available in SMACC

 

Once you run this report on the relevant computer, you'll be able to find all the necessary fields that were required in the SRS Request Template. A copy/paste will be enough to fill all the columns and then proceed to the submission to our Support team.

Hi SnowGlobers!

First of all, thank you very much from Customer Success and R&D teams for the big participation in the SLM Survey launched in June! We received hundreds of replies and this is very worthy and valuable for us.

 

For this reason, we decided to leave the Survey link reachable till the 25th July!

This will allow everyone to reply before the 31st July.

 

So, the rules are the same:

You must be a SLM user. Versions 7.x, 8.x and 9.x are welcome.

You must be a current Snow customer or partner

To participate and get access to the survey please leave a comment below, orcontact us by email.

We'll email you within the next 36 hours.

 

Thank you!

 

Ester Memoli on behalf of the Customer Success Management team.

Every License Management Tool is only as good as its software recognition. Once subscribed to our Software Recognition Service, you will receive a daily updated version of our huge database. The updates are transferred to your customer environment through Snow Update Service and applied to the SnowLicenseManager database on the SQL server. But how does this recognition database grow over time?

 

The Team

Snow has a special team that is constantly working on the recognition database to grow.

 

Manual Enrichment through import template

Customers can enter software recognition patterns to the global Software Recognition database manually through an import template. These patterns will be entered to the global Software Recognition database and published through Snow Update Service to every other customer worldwide.

Please submit the import template through Snow Support.

There are overall three different forms to submit data to the SRS database.

 

Local Rules in SMACC

Customers can design custom recognition rules using Snow Management and Configuration Center (SMACC). These rules are unique per customer and will not be transferred. This is a reasonable approach for inhouse development where no other customer benefits from the recognition rule.

 

Automated Enrichment through SUS

Customers send in their unrecognized applications automatically through Snow Update Service (SUS). This information is collected and manually reviewed by Snow. It is then added to the Software Recognition database and all customer environments are updated.

 

Sounds interesting right? But what about data protection and personally identifiable information?

The customer’s Snow platform will upload metadata for any software inventory data that is not yet recognized.

Software inventory data includes:

  • Software file inventory
  • “Add / Remove programs” , “Programs and Features” (Windows)
  • Package Manager entries (Unix / Linux)
  • Installed apps (Mobile platforms)
  • Operating system (Name, Manufacturer, Version)

 

The following metadata is uploaded to the Software Recognition Service for all software inventory data that is not yet recognized:

  • Name (File Description)
  • Manufacturer
  • Version
  • Language
  • OS Type
  • Path and File Name
  • Indication if the entry is a file or a registry / package manager entry
  • Collapsed user catalogue

The data uploaded to the Software Recognition Service only contains software inventory data (as detailed above). No information related to the computer assets where the software inventory data was found is uploaded (e.g no hostnames, IP addresses).

When data is transmitted personal user details are collapsed when it reports to Software Recognition Service. From a global perspective it is received as “C:\Users\{user}\...”for integrity reasons. However, locally in your environment the data will still present itself with the corresponding user.

The data is encrypted, compressed and sent over a HTTPS connection initiated from the customer platform. By default (configurable) this is initiated daily at 7PM. The customer platform will initiate a connection to https://updates.snowsoftware.com.

 

It is possible to deactivate the functionality of customer recognition patterns being uploaded to the Software Recognition Service. This will turn the Software Recognition Service to the 'Read Only' mode.

  1. Go to 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Snow Software\Snow Update Service' on the License Manager server.
  2. Add a string value called 'SRSReadOnly' and set it to either 'true' or 'True'. Any other value will default this setting to false and continue to upload SRS data.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to either comment on this blog post or submit a question through our forums.

/marcel

 

The survey deadline has been extended to 31st July! Please keep submitting your request. 

 

Dear SnowGlobe users,

we are glad to invite you to participate to our survey on Snow License Manager (SLM). 

 

The requirements to access the survey are very easy:

You must be a SLM user. Versions 7.x, 8.x and 9.x are welcome.

You must be a current Snow customer or partner

To participate and get access to the survey please leave a comment below, or contact us by email.

We'll email you within the next 24 hours. The deadline for requests is the 31st July, so do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.

 

Thanks!

 

The Snow Software Customer Success Manager team

Hej hej, SnowGlobe!

I'm glad to inform you that we still have some few places available in our courses in April 2019 held in our HQ in Solna Business Park (Sweden).

The courses are:

 

If you are interested in other courses available in the Nordics region, please check this link: Courses in Nordics area 
For other available locations all around the world, please check this link All Snow Training

 

If you have any questions, reach us at training@snowsoftware.com

 

You're wecolme!

Released June 13

Release information

Product:                 Snow License Manager
New version:          9.2.2
Revision No:           422
Build No:                 7086
Release date:         June 13, 2019
Distribution:           SUS package

Current status:      Released

Corrections

  • Filtering parameters in the following reports Applications per Computer, License compliance Summary per Organisation, Discovered Assets that are not inventoried, and License compliance summary have been fixed.
  • Totals in the License Compliance Summary report are now correct when the report is filtered. Totals now show the amounts related to filtering not the total of the unfiltered report.
  • Support for the new version of the SAM Automation Book, which will be included in the upcoming release of Snow Automation Platform has been included.
  • License requirement and compliance can now be calculated for Oracle estates with logical partitions (LPARs) without requiring association with IBM AIX hosts
  • Additional error-handling has been added to Snow Management and Configuration Center to prevent checksum errors when browsing application definitions.
  • Issues related to license capping preventing operating system data being replicated correctly during Data Update Job have been resolved so that the data is now transferred between the Snow Inventory and Snow License Manager databases.
  • Web-application metering rules are no longer duplicated by Data Update Job.
  • Computer hardware information report can now be exported to xls/xlsx formats.
  • Additional error-handling has been implemented to prompt users to resave a license when viewing a license for which the user (for licenses based on user) or computer (for licenses based on installation) has been deleted.
  • Language support has now been included in the creating and editing system users capability in Snow Management and Configuration Center. Snow License Manager interfaces currently support the following languages: Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English (UK), English (US), French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish, Swedish, and Russian.