Assistant

The Assistant allows to quickly determine which software has already been installed and on which computers, and if there might be any obsolete versions that you would like to update.

The Assistant is activated by a click on the corresponding tab. It combines two tools: one searches for computers to deploy to, and the other searches for software to deploy. Both are activated by clicking their tabs.

Find computers for deployment

In this mode, the Assistant will search for software from the Software deployment list on computers from the Network storage.

The search is performed based on the search string, which is taken from the software passport. The search string can be edited in the passport or right in the Assistant. Editing is enabled by a click on the string.

To initiate a search, simply click a button (Find computers). Expanding the node shows the latest search results from the current TSD session or, if there are none, launches a new search.

After editing and saving the search string, the helper will automatically do another search and display the results.

By default, the search string is filled with the contents of the Product name field in the installer's executable.

During a search for multiple software, the search is performed for each program in succession starting with the program that was added first.

The information about installed software is read from the computer inventory file located in the Network storage. The information can be updated by rescanning the computer and conducting a new search.

When the search is over, a brief result will be displayed above the search results for each program. It shows on how many computers the search string was found and on how many it was not found. Each of these two selections can be queued for deployment using the corresponding icons (Add found computer(s) to the deployment targets list and Add the rest of computers to the deployment targets list).

Below the line containing brief results, a report will be generated listing computers on which programs containing the search string were found. After comparing the software version in the Software storage with the version installed, you can add a computer to the Deployment targets list by clicking the corresponding icon, which can be found to the right of the node name.

If changes occurred in the Network storage, a warning will be displayed in the search results.

It's not possible to initiate a search if the Network storage is not opened.

Find software for deployment

In this mode, the Assistant will search for software from the Software storage on computers from the Deployment targets list.

As when searching for computers, the search string will be used, and it can be edited from the search results.

To initiate a search, simply click a button (Find software). Expanding the node shows the latest search results from the current TSD session or, if there are none, launches a new search.

During a search for multiple computers, the search is performed for each computer in succession starting with the one that was added first.

The information about installed software is read from the computer inventory file located in the Network storage. The information is updated by rescanning the computer.

When the computer inventory file is updated, the results will be automatically refreshed.

When the search is over, a brief result will be displayed above the search results for each computer. It shows for just how many programs the search string was found and on how many it wasn't. Each of these two selections can be queued for deployment using the corresponding icons (Add found software to the software deployment list and Add the rest of software to the software deployment list).

 

After comparing the software version in the Software storage with the version installed, you can add software to the Software deployment list by clicking the corresponding icon, which can be found in the results to the right of the software name.

If changes occurred in the Software storage, a warning will be displayed in the search results.

It's not possible to initiate a search if the Software storage is not opened.