The TNI Storage is a folder on a hard drive selected by user.
Each asset is represented by an .inv file.
The folder structure inside the Storage replicates the structure of the groups created by user in the Network tree. Any direct changes to the Storage contents shall be registered by the program.
It means that you can create, delete and rename groups, move and delete asset files either using TNI's tools or via any file manager. Furthermore, its design makes it possible to back up and share data with other TNI users, etc.
For the program to function correctly, do not delete, move or rename auxiliary hidden files in the Storage root folder. This may lead to data loss or corruption.
Do not rename asset files (*.inv). See here to learn how to change displayed names.
Contents of an asset file (*.inv)
- Asset network identifiers (network name, IP address, MAC address);
- Properties (alias, type, description, inventory number, etc.)
- Asset configuration snapshots, collected as a result of scanning (see Collected information);
- An alias of the login assigned to the asset;
- ID of user assigned to the asset;
- The asset's local user information;
- Special field values.
Asset files can be moved between storages. However, various storage data will not be moved. For instance, the remote access login will be lost, but it could be restored manually.
A copy of TNI is not linked to any particular storage. This means that you can switch between storages when the program is running.
Storage management is carried out from the Storage menu:
- Create: select an empty folder on a computer and create an empty Storage there;
- Open: select a folder containing a previously created Storage to work with;
- Recent: contains a list of recently opened Storages that allows to quickly switch between them;
- Backup: create a .zip backup and restore from a backup (backups can be performed automatically on a schedule);
- Reload: reads the data from the computer again, if the changes made to the currently opened Storage have not been automatically registered by TNI;
- Close: closes the Storage.
You can choose which Storage should be opened at startup by running tni.exe with the following parameter and specifying the path:
To quickly locate the folder containing the current storage or a file representing one of the devices, you can use the Show in Explorer option in the context menu of the Network tree.
It's possible to create a Storage in a shared folder and have several copies of TNI connected to it from different computers. Keep in mind that simultaneous access of the same Storage by different copies of TNI is not supported and could lead to irrelevant information being displayed. This happens when changes made by one user are not yet reflected in the program of another.
Learn about importing possibilities in the Data import section.