Everyone loves free giveaways! On top of the swag that we are giving out at this year’s Microsoft Ignite conference, we’re also giving away two full-featured dashboards from Enhansoft Reporting AND a 200 client-count license for Warranty Information Reporting! That’s over $1,000 in free software! Can you believe it?
How Do I Get the Free Giveaways?
Not Going to Microsoft Ignite?
If you’re not going to Microsoft Ignite, but someone else from your organization is going, then tell them that you want the free giveaways, so they need to stop by and see us!
Below is the floorplan of the Microsoft Ignite expo hall. The star marks the spot of booth #1246!
I Want to Know More about Warranty Information Reporting
Warranty Information Reporting collects warranty details from every computer found within Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). The results (manufacturer name, model name, warranty details, etc.) are normalized and returned back to the client from our web service. This process only requires a few seconds to complete!
Once within the SCCM database, our 12 reports will provide you with immense insight about your computing environment!
I Want to Know More about the Dashboards
The two dashboards from Enhansoft Reporting are:
-Overall Software Update Status Dashboard
-Recently Used Application Details
Below is an excerpt about these two dashboards from Enhansoft Reporting’s documentation. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them at our booth, or contact us after Microsoft Ignite.
Overall Software Update Status Dashboard
This high-level report captures your site’s overall compliance percentage (main gauge) of installed software updates by classification. Each classification also has its own gauge which displays the percentage of installed software updates.
The overall compliance percentage is based on the selected classifications, so only the results of the selected classifications are calculated. The number of gauges displayed is dependent on the number of classifications selected.
Using three different report parameters, you will be prompted to select the software update classification, the collection to display, and the software update group you want to view.
The classification report parameter enables you to select which software update classification to display within the report. The update classifications are listed in order of severity: Critical Updates, Security Updates, Definition Updates, Service Packs, Update Roll-ups, Updates, Upgrades, Tools, Feature Packs, and WSUS Infrastructure Updates. Click here to read more about update classifications.
Use the collection report parameter to select the device collection you want to review (i.e. All Systems collection).
The software update group (SUG) report parameter enables you to select which software update group results to display. When using the drop-down, you will see SUGs listed from newest to oldest. If you employ monthly SUGs, using this parameter will allow you to compare SUGs with each other. Read here for more details about SUGs.
Recently Used Application Details
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) does a great job inventorying the software installed on each computer!
It inventories the software listed within Installed Software, which is also known as Add/Remove Programs (ARP) in older versions of Windows. In addition to Installed Software, Asset Intelligence (AI) will record usage details about each application. This AI feature, which must be enabled within SCCM, is called recently used applications.
The information from Installed Software and AI is then returned to the SCCM database via the hardware (HW) inventory client task. When a Manager or an IT Asset Management (ITAM) Manager reviews the Microsoft Installed Software reports, they often wonder when a software title was last used and who used it. This is a common question often asked about software with limited licenses such as, Microsoft Project or Microsoft Visio. It might be possible for a SCCM Manager or an ITAM Manager to view the recently used application data for one or two computers, but due to the sheer volume of data this quickly becomes impractical.
The Recently Used Application Details report will help answer these questions by tying the information provided by Installed Software and AI together. It does this by first prompting you to select an Installed Software title. The report then asks you for the executable name (exe) and its product name.
In this report you will see the computer’s name, the top console user’s name, the Installed Software’s name, the publisher, and the version number. All of this information is tied directly to AI’s recently used applications information (product name, product version, last used by user name, last used date and time, and the number of days since it was last used). Each column allows for interactive sorting.
If AI does not have a corresponding record for a listed Installed Software item in recently used applications, then you will see the text, “Not used recently,” in both the product and product version columns. As well, “n/a,” will be displayed in the user name column. The, “Last Used Date,” will display, “Feb 14, 2006,” and the, “Days Since Last Used,” will be set to 90+ days.
See you soon in Orlando!