We are proud to present the newest version of SysKit! It’s a minor release, but that did not prevent us from getting big things done and adding another set of powerful features. Read this release note to discover all the new features and improvements.
Thanks to our hardworking SysKit team, you can now make computer Inventory Snapshots and monitor untrusted domains. Awesome, isn’t it?
You can create a snapshot of all monitored servers; divide them into logical groups, such as different server farms or monitored domains; and compare the collected data. How does it work?
SysKit connects to remote servers and collects hardware and software inventory components, such as CPU, RAM, available hard disk space, installed programs, Windows updates, and local administrators on the servers.
With the multiple domains feature, you can monitor multiple domain environments, specify credentials for each domain in your environment, and monitor untrusted domains. We’ve also modified all the reports to use a fully qualified domain name rather than just a server name so there will be no confusion about the servers’ domain.
Product version: 7.2.0
Build number: 30094
Database version: 7.2.0
Release date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Inventory Snapshots and Reports
- The Inventory Snapshots system job periodically scans monitored servers and creates a snapshot of all the hardware and software installed at that point.
- The reports within the Inventory Reports category have been reorganized; they now include three report subcategories and four new reports:
- Hardware (Hard Drives, Network Adapters, Processors, Printers)
- Software (Programs, Available and Installed Windows Security Updates, Services, Certificates)
Available Updates: This report helps system administrators who want to see a full list of available updates along with information on whether an update has been downloaded or a reboot is required.
Installed Updates: This report helps system administrators who want to see a full list of installed programs along with information about the installation date and location, help location, version, and publisher.
Certificates: This report comes in handy if you want to view a list of the certificates in the personal store on each computer along with information about the validity period, friendly name, thumbprint, intended purposes, etc.
- Local Users and Groups: This report helps system administrators who want to see a list of all the members of the Local Administrators group for each computer.
- SysKit offers two different compare options: Inventory Snapshots and Computers.
- The first option enables you to select two inventory snapshots and explore differences between hardware and software data.
- The second option enables you to compare inventory data on different computers or two selected system environments that are defined through report views. You can define mappings between computers from different environments and determine which inventory items are different.
Multiple tenants (domains)
- SysKit allows you to monitor multiple domains through an intuitive, easy-to-use interface. All available domains are automatically discovered and ready to be monitored.
- In one common scenario, each domain has its own set of specified domain admins and users from other domains aren’t allowed to access its servers. With that use case in mind, we’ve added a dialog that lets you specify credentials for each of the monitored domains.
- If your domains don’t have a trust relationship with each other, you can manually add an untrusted domain by entering the domain name, domain controller, or IP address of the remote Active Directory (AD) domain controller.
- The reports within the Custom Reports category now include two report subcategories and three new reports in total:
- Programs and Updates (Installed Updates)
Installed Updates: This specialized report helps system administrators who want to determine whether specific update(s) are installed on monitored servers or not.
- Security (SysKit Permissions)
SysKit Permissions: This report comes in handy if you want to check which users can access the SysKit application and under which permissions.
- Windows Services: This report will help you easily monitor all services that are running on your local and remote computers. The Windows Services report is a real- time report.
- Programs and Updates (Installed Updates)
- Fully qualified domain name (FQDN) is now used in all our reports and filters for all AD objects due to the significant impact the multiple domains feature had on how SysKit handles user, group, and computer names.
- Improved SQL Server connection error and exception handling.
- Optimized SysKit application startup time.
- Improved SysKit splash screen – now it displays the actions the application performs while initializing.
- Data Retention – Increased timeout interval to infinite to avoid timeout exceptions when deleting a large amount of data from the product database.
- Improved deletion of large numbers of servers, which was causing timeouts.
- Manage Alerts dialog has a new button. Show Classified button provides a list of all alerts that have already been classified.
- UI improvements, including new headers and icons.
- Improved Installation wizard related to the SQL Server Express installation step.
- Improved Configuration wizard – now it displays the actions the application performs while configuring all settings.
- Gateway Reports – Connection Log Summary report was previously only grid-based. Now it also contains a chart.
- After exporting the Logon Activities custom report to Excel, wrong values used to appear in the Status column.
- Anonymous activity tracking was not working. Enabling this option caused the SysKit application to crash upon the next startup.
- In some cases, the SQL custom report contained a chart when it was sent with other custom reports.
- The Performance Counters collection was stopped for all servers, even if there were only one server with corrupted WMI.
- In some cases, two different session types (gateway and rdp) from the same user weren’t registered for an RD Gateway server.