Workspace

Introducing the main window

  1. The Network tree
  2. The Main area
  3. The Sidebar

The right side of the Main menu contains:

  • The Feedback menu;
  • The Options button;
  • The language switcher;
  • The Help menu, which contains tools that allow to check for updates, register your copy of TNI 3 and upgrade your license.

The Network tree and the Sidebar can be temporarily hidden in order to increase the main area. This can be done by clicking the small Hide/Show network tree and Hide/Show sidebar buttons located on both sides of the tab bar.

You can alter the widths of the Network tree and the Sidebar by dragging their edges.

 

Basic operations with the Network tree

The Network tree displays the contents of the currently opened Storage.

To select an asset to display in the main area, left-click its node.

In order to choose several assets at once, tick the Multiple selection checkbox on the toolbar above the Network tree. A checkbox will be displayed next to every node for you to select the necessary assets. To return to the normal selection mode, untick Multiple selection

To create a new group, right-click the parent group or Storage root and select Create group. To move some assets into a new group, first select them using your mouse's Rectangle selection or keyboard keys Shift and Ctrl and then drag them onto the group node. Alternatively, you can use the Move to group option from the context menu of a node.

Selecting nodes using the Rectangle selection, Shift and Ctrl is not the same as ticking nodes in the Multiple selection mode. The former is only used for operations with several nodes (e.g. moving and deleting) and does not influence the contents of the main area.

There's a way to start working with normally selected assets in the main area. To do that, use the Choose option after right-clicking one of the selected assets. The assets will become selected with Multiple selection.

Groups in the Network tree replicate the structure of directories on the hard drive as described in the Storage section. Thus, operations such as creating, deleting or renaming groups and moving assets between them can be performed in any file manager.

See the Network tree section for information on searching the Network tree, displaying additional text and graphic information in it and filtering assets according to various criteria.


TNI 3 view modes

There's a separate view mode in TNI 3 for each specific task. View modes can be switched by clicking on tabs above the main area. The Sidebar is automatically adjusted to always display an appropriate set of controls.

Pressing Ctrl + <tab number> provides quick access to the desired view.

Scanner
Ctrl + 1

Before any of the information on remote assets becomes available for viewing and building reports, these assets have to be scanned. The Scanner view makes collecting asset information a breeze.

TNI 3 can collect information from Windows, Mac OS X and Linux computers or scan any other devices via the SNMP protocol. See the Whitepaper section on how to ensure that all the conditions for successful scanning are met.

Read more: Network scanning.

Viewer & reports
Ctrl + 2

This mode displays the first thing you'll want to see after you've scanned your network: common reports. These reports contain detailed information on hardware and software of each scanned asset sorted into convenient categories and available for instant search. It's possible to build descriptive and accurate reports, print them or export them to PDF, RTF, HTML, etc.

Read more: Common reports.

Table reports
Ctrl + 3

Here it's possible to create a table that contains only the necessary information. Rows can represent individual devices or any device components such as HDDs, monitors, RAM units, software items, etc. Columns represent properties of the selected object. When the table has been built, it can be sorted, filtered, printed or exported for further analysis.

Read more: Table reports.

Software accounting
Ctrl + 4

Here you're able to see the list of software found on Windows and Mac assets in the Storage. For each software item you can display the full list of computers that it's installed on. Software can be organized, searched and filtered in a multitude of ways.

If you have the TNI 3 Professional license, you'll find at your disposal a variety of tools that will help with keeping track of your software licenses, individual licensed installations, license keys, compliance problems, etc.

Read more: Software asset management.

Change log
Ctrl + 5

After scanning an asset several times over a period of time, you may want to know what has changed in terms of hardware or software installed on the asset, system parameters, disk space usage, connected peripherals, etc. In this mode, you'll find a precise list of all changes. Also at your disposal are: advanced search, filtering and reporting tools.

Read more: Change log.

Edit
Ctrl + 6

This view mode allows to change properties of individual assets or the Storage itself, manage user records, custom fields, snapshots and logins.

Read more:

  • Storage properties: storage name, company name and logo, inventory number generator;
  • Network node properties: network identifiers, alias, description, etc;
  • Snapshots: viewing and deleting configuration snapshots;
  • Custom fields: adding or changing user information;
  • Logins: managing logins and linking them to assets;
  • Users: viewing and editing information on network asset users.