When we move to SLM 8 it will take a while to get the latest Snow Inventory client onto the estate so was wondering - What is the minimum Snow Inventory 3.x.x version that will work with SLM 8?
Please see below an extract from the Snow requirements document. the document it self is available from www.snowsoftware.com/int/download.
These recommendations span minimum, midpoint and high-end scenarios for server installations of Snow License Manager.
Regardless of the used inventory solution, Snow Inventory Server needs to be installed as the inventory data source for Snow License Manager. All external inventory data sources need to report to Snow Inventory via Snow Integration Manager.
For specific hardware requirements, review the installation profiles to determine which profile best fits the number of inventoried client computers and mobile devices in the environment. All profiles described in this document refer to resources dedicated to Snow Software environments without third party systems or software (other than OS and SQL Server) running on the same hardware.
To utilize certain features in Snow License Manager, the following Snow products are required to be installed.
Snow Inventory 5 Agent for Windows or
Snow Inventory Client for Windows, version 3.5 (or higher)
Web application metering
Snow Inventory Client for Windows, version 3.5 (or higher) Snow Inventory Server 5 or
Snow Inventory Data Receiver (IDR)*, version 2.1 (or higher)
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure detection Virtual Desktop Access licensing
Snow Inventory Client for Windows, version 3.7 (or higher)
Snow Integration Manager**
Microsoft Office 365
Snow Integration Manager and the Snow Integration Connector for Microsoft Office 365
Snow Inventory Server 5.1.5 (or higher) or
Active Directory Discovery
Snow Inventory Server 5 or
Snow Active Directory Discovery Service
Transport of inventory data from Snow Inventory clients over HTTP
Use of external inventory data sources
** For information on available integration connectors, refer to separate documentation for the Snow Integration Manager, which is available for download at www.snowsoftware.com/int/download.
When we upgraded to Inventory 5 and SLM 8 we had Windows agents 3.7.x and i remember being told that the minimum was Agent 3.5.x for the upgrade.
We had the same issue as you in terms of not being able to get the latest client out into our estate as quickly as hoped, and ended up gradually doing the updating of client via GPO.
Hope this helps, i'd probably double check with Snow around the Agent minimum as i can't find anything in the notes.
Found a line in our statement of work:
Any Snow Windows agent older than version 3.4 will not operate with Snow Inventory 5and must be replaced by the Customer.
We(Snow) would recommend you don't run anything lower than agent version 3.5.
As an addon also make sure the Snow Inventory Clients are using IDR to report to. Since it will not work if they are reporting diretcly to legacy Inventory Server direct connection.
I would add that you can upgrade to SLM 8 without upgrading to Snow Inventory 5. You would then still be able run older Snow clients. Though it would be preferable to upgrade to latest version of each product to benefit from new features.
We have SLM8 (hosted) and our ancient 3.4.x agents still work OK with SLM8.
What they won't work with is an Inventory 5-enabled receiver (I believe the new terminology is Gateway).
We've been advised by our partner that it is best to be on a minimum of 3.7 before they deploy Inventory 5 as that simplifies the client upgrade from 3.7 to 5.
Once you're at version 5 the agent is self-upgrading, you can push out config changes centrally, and also do agentless discovery.
The latest Snow IDP should allow for the processing as low as you set the minimum version, if speaking of just Windows versions 3.2.x should process through the latest IDP on Snow Inventory Server 3.x, and have seen that even agents 6-7 years old with 3.2.1 Windows agent will still show up in SLM 8.
However most would urge any clients/customers to run with higher versions to resolve defects, introduce new functionality in 3.x but once you get into Snow Inventory Server 5.x, quite a few more considerations for that migration process/support.
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