vScope 3.4 is a major upgrade of the functionality in vScope. The most obvious thing is the newly design Dashboard that takes collaboration to a completely new level. However, we have also made performance improvements in the backend to enhance the overall vScope experience.
Introducing a new Dashboard
The most obvious change in vScope is the redesigned Dashboard. The new Dashboard introduces new features and values that aligns with vScope’s overall benefits: accurate information to the right people at the right moment. The biggest news (except the dazzling new design) are the collaboration features, new widgets and support for multiple dashboards. You can read all about it here.
Share your Dashboards with team members, external consultants or if you’re a hosting provider, your customers. The collaboration features put you in charge of information distribution. Add other vScope users and assign their permission level to your Dashboard with just a few clicks.
New widget – Comparison
Besides the KPI, Ratio, Top 5 and Tracker widget that was available before vScope 3.4, you now have access to a Comparison widget. Perfect to track the relationship between two values.
Probably one of the most requested features – multiple Dashboards. In vScope 3 you no longer need to gather all your important widgets in one Dashboard. Instead, craft dedicated Dashboard views for various use cases or people in the organization. By choosing favorite Dashboards you can put the most important ones in the top bar of your Dashboard for easier access. Piece of cake!
Overview directory machines in vScope
In vScope 3.4 you can view all machines from your Active Directory directly in vScope. The information found about machines in the directory is however quite limited which means that it is not sufficient to build a proper documentation on. The neat (and unique) thing with vScope is that this information is correlated with information from eg. WMI and VMware which will help you get a much better understanding of how your clients and servers are configured and used.
- How many laptops are in our AD?
- How many machines have been used within the last 90 days?
- What applications are installed on my directory laptops?
- How well is my client discovery coverage in vScope?
Here is a quick demonstration of how to build your first report about your directory machines, showing machines that haven’t been used for the last 90 days. (Notice the range filter 90d-):
NOTE – This feature requires vScope Directory.
Track individual VM backup size
For many of you interested in billing and capacity planning this new feature will help you get an even better overview of your backup performance. If you have enabled per VM backup in Veeam, vScope 3.4 will now help you visualize the growth and size of this. Why not build a widget for it?
Import tags via the API
Maybe you are trying to keep up with your documentation manually by adding notes next to your machines in some kind of spreadsheet (if you are familiar with vScope you know that this is something that really should be automated. Now when you have vScope you would like to reuse all the tags that you’ve already added in another document/system. How do you proceed? In vScope 3.4 you can import tags from eg. spreedsheets into vScope by matching on for example name of a resource. The tags will be converted into “manual tags” in vScope.
Learn how to import tags with this guide.
New improved Tailored recommendations (and widgets)
While updating the Dashboard we decided to rebuild all Tailored recommendations to better fit the needs and feedback from our customers. We now have around 120 dynamic tables that will be displayed depending on what is found by your vScope installation (and products licensed). And don’t forget the 70+ widgets added.
- Improved history performance
- Allow change of DN for directory users without breaking connection to vScope
- Version range filter is now available on more tags than application version
- Removed Spectre/Meltdown case
- Removed auto follow on “Welcome to vScope Tracker”
- New “Time since”-tags for various date tags
- New tag for Division
- New tag for User / Email enabled on User Groups
- New tag for Organizational unit for Users/Groups/Group policies
Server / Client
- New tag for DHCP settings on machines
- New tags for BIOS producer and BIOS versions
- New tag for WMI job type
- New case for untrusted certificates
- New Tracker cases related to Veeam jobs warning
- Veeam Backup jobs finished with a warning
- New Veeam Backup jobs the last 30 days
- Dynamic disk has exceeded its size limit
- Veeam probe now includes Veeam Replication jobs
- Improved performance in Veeam categorization
- Greatly improved speed of Veeam discovery
- Various improvements in the MSSQL probe
- Performance improvements in the Docker probe
Various bug fixes
- Fix for creating dynamic tag with ranges where preview does not match end result
- Fix for viewers receiving email notifications
- Fix for 404 issues when sharing tabbed tables to viewer
- Fix for Hyper-V Veeam backups not stitching properly
3.4.1 – Fix release
- Improved performance through caching
- Fix for Tailored recommendations of Veeam Backup
- Added hardware information about ESXi hosts
- New tag for running for physical machines
Various bug fixes
- Fix for filtering of tags including $-characters
- Various UI fixes for Internet Explorer
- UI fix for top 5 widgets where rows are hidden in certain zoom levels
- Fix for DHCP leased tag showing even if machine not found by WMI/SSH
3.4.2 – Fix release
- vScope now supports Linux agent backup jobs and tape jobs (Veeam)
Various bug fixes
- Fixes in the Azure probe
- Fixes to not clutter the UI with warning messages when migrating from old to new Dashboard
3.4.3 – Fix release
- Improved error messages for Azure RM credential for subscription access denied
- Minor changes to comply with GDPR opt-in settings
- Do not allow follow of muted cases
- Ignore discovery of local accounts (WMI)
- New tags for user accounts:
- Telephone Number
- IP Telephone Number
- Home Telephone Number
- Fax Number
- Pager Number
- Other Mobile
- Account Exchange Delegate List Link
- Add memberships to AD groups for System groups
- New tags for computers showing members of group
- New tag for Time Since Last Sync (Azure AD)
- New tags for Veeam Linux agent jobs
- Changed name of VM cost tags for Azure
- Changed name of Configuration size tag for Azure
- Improved Tailored recommendations for Azure
Various bug fixes
- Fix for connectivity check fails on settings page
- Fix for not being able to follow cases when interests have not been updated
- Fix for Tracker change widgets
- Fix for Azure RM fail during authentication
- Fix for duplicate instances of AWS in vScope
- Enable rate throttling for AWS
3.4.4 – Fix release
Full screen mode and a darker theme of the Dashboard
We have added a nice little touch to the Dashboard. Full screen mode and with a theme that makes the widgets pop!
Major performance improvements from caching
vScope 3.4.4 comes with some major performance improvements that will be very noticeable for organizations running larger vScope installations. The improvements includes:
Omnisearch – Making it easier and faster to search your vScope for any resource
Dashboard – Switch between Dashboards and access important KPIs without loading
Table Explorer – Faster browse your IT environment and build documentation
IIS and Chargeback & Billing now available in BETA
We are working on two major functionality improvements in vScope including new information from Microsoft IIS sites and adding price information to vScope. Our aim with IIS is to help organizations better understand configurations and settings closer to the end-user. The Chargeback & Billing functionality is your way to gain better visibility of costs of the IT. Features that facilitates automation of the billing process for both hosting providers and organizations in need of better Chargeback routines.
Want to try?
We would love to hear your feedback! If you are interested in evaluating IIS and Chargeback & Billing in vScope please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- User is now prompted to open Discovery Manager from Table Explorer if the vScope model is empty
- Various text/spelling/grammar improvements
- Added “Expires in tag” to Certificate Properties page
- SSH probe now supports teamed networks
- Option to select Dashboard when creating a widget from Table Explorer
- Support for non-english locale for SSH
- Various UI fixes from feedback on the new Dashboard
- Files Reached Max Size will now only list files that have autogrowth active. Files with static size will not be shown.
- Tag: “Running as” for database systems showing what user is running the database session.
- Show multiple directory services for GPO:s
- New tags for Xerox printers
- New tag “PID” for the resource processes
Various bug fixes
- Fix for password comparison breaking upon changing password
- Fix for Azure probe failing when access is denied for Azure AD
3.4.5 & 3.4.6 – Fix releases
- Table snapshots can now be sent to any email address. Notice that the user still is required to login in vScope to view the information
- Changed default port for Docker
Various bug fixes
- Fix for exceptions in the HTTP probe
- Beta notation is no longer added to credentials when added to Discovery Manager
- Fix for Database System Running As tag showing empty value
- If an owner of a table is removed from vScope, null was showing as owner. That’s wrong.
- If an owner of a tracker case is removed from vScope, null was showing as owner. That’s also wrong.
- Transaction locks for MSSQL was showing the wrong value since it was kept for too long time.