Since the last release notes, we have brought to you the following new features, changes and enhancements to existing functionality:
- Official Microsoft Power BI Content Pack.
Based on the popular request, official Applixure Content Pack is now available for all users of Microsoft Power BI. This new Content Pack allows any Power BI user to connect to their Applixure environment's data, and visualize it using powerful reporting capabilities of the Power BI platform.
Presently Applixure connection is available only on the web version of the Power BI (i.e. not with the Power BI Desktop Client), but we are committed to bringing ready-made connection to the desktop version as soon as it is technically possible to do so.
In order for Power BI to read data from the Applixure, credentials for the integration needs to be enabled from the Applixure UI per-environment basis. Please refer to the configuration documentation for detailed instructions.
- Enhanced software usage categorization.
Previously, Applixure tracked software usage only for the processes run in the user's logon session, and for processes having visible application windows. All end-user processes with no windows shown were categorized into occasional usage, and any processes not associated with logon session were ignored.
We have enhanced the usage tracking to cover these other use cases and Applixure Agent now tracks background processes both in the system context (i.e. service processes) as well as in logon session (i.e. user background processes).
These two cases are also now shown on the UI in their own categories, making it possible to see more accurate usage information for those software products too that don't have user interactive properties; as an example database servers servicing frontend applications. This should also reduce the number of software products shown in Never used -category, as long as they are running on the system at some point in some context.
For processes associated with the operating system's own services are still exempt from the monitoring.
At the same time, the software usage statistics page on the Software dashboard was simplified in order to reduce screen-estate taken by it. You can view the full usage graphs by clicking on the reduced version.
- Microsoft SQL Server edition information is available.
Applixure now has support for collecting edition information for all active instances of Microsoft SQL Server installed on a machine (i.e. one SQL Server installation on one machine might have several instances of that SQL Server version, but with different licensing editions).
We call this new enhanced asset information related to specific software a SAM discovery data, and it allows for knowing better what licensable versions there exists of some particular piece of software where the name of the software alone does not tell the whole picture.
Detection and collection of this enhanced software information is automatic.
- Retired software alert now shows devices.
In the Applixure alert generated for software products marked as retired for a long time but still not removed, only the software names would shown in the alerts' information. Now the names of the devices wherein each software product is still to be found are shown.
- Windows Vista is now considered EOL.
Applixure's alert about end-of-life operating systems now includes all versions of Windows Vista found in the environment, as Vista recently exited the extended support lifecycle. Previously only those devices running Windows Vista without Service Pack 2 would be included in the alert.
- Fixes for miscellaneous technical issues and minor functionality improvements.